Patrolmen’s Benevolence Association President Patrick Lynch has turned the deaths of two police officers into an excuse to incite open rebellion in New York City and a crackdown of police brutality demonstrators in NYC.
The deaths of two police officers at the hand of a gunman who, on Saturday, December 20th is now a pretext for holding his enemies accountable. The video below speaks for itself.
“There’s blood on many hands tonight. Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest to try to dear down what new York city police officers did every day. We tried to warn. It must not go on. It cannot be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor.”
The police officers deaths are tragic. But theyi are no less tragic then the deaths of Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Kimani Gray, and countless other victims of police brutality.
‘Why are none of the protesters protesting this?’ will become the new argument line for those who seek to continue business as usual. But the answer is the same reason why the NYPD will never ever prosecute Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner. It is the same reason that even when DA Robert McCulloch in Ferguson knew that Witness 40 was lying and still took his evidence as fact. It is because we have a community and country that is being torn apart because of these things, and everyone is being forced to take a side in some form or fashion. And now, the systems of power and control which is every level, not just the police level, are showing their true colors in more and more obvious ways.With this latest remark, Lynch proclaims that he will not tolerate protest. That is fascism.
The deaths of these two police officers should be condemned but I can’t possibly condemn those killings without also condemning ALL victims of crime, be it on the police officers, on the protesters, on ordinary citizens. All Americans deserve equal treatment under the law. That is what the United States should stand for.
I have educated myself, and attempted to educate others, about innocent lives destroyed by violence committed by police, and justice delayed or never given. And the message that the People’s Democratic Republic of NYC want you to know is that police killings are legal and so is—actually—anything they do.
The chants of ‘all lives matter’ in New York City by protesters is sometimes a touchy subject in activist circles. Some activists feel that the chant ‘all lives matter’ shouldn’t be used because it is ‘white privilege’. I think that while that might be true in some cases, that this should be chanted because it is true. All lives do matter. And the sooner we begin to realize this, the sooner there will be peace.