The “deafening silence” from the White House over a rash of police deaths

posted at 2:01 pm on February 13, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

When convenience store robber Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer, the President quickly offered an official statement. He did the same for Trayvon Martin. And again for Laquan McDonald and pretty much every other time a black suspect has wound up on the wrong end of a lethal force situation on the part of the cops. Each case is unique, with some of them raising serious questions about the actions of the cops involved and many, many more being shown to be legitimate, though unfortunate resolutions to violent conflicts.

But those aren’t the only people being shot and killed these days. There’s been a severe spike in the deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of duty this year. Eight dead by the second week of February, with nearly half a dozen in just the last week.

Already this year, eight on-duty police officers have been killed by gunfire — including five this week alone.

The 2016 gunfire fatalities mark a notable increase from the same Jan. 1 through Feb. 11 period last year, when just one officer was shot dead, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

In total, 11 officers have died this year, versus 13 officers in the same time frame last year. But most of the deaths last year were traffic-related, not firearms-related like they are this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s tally.

If you follow the news on a regular basis you’re probably detecting a difference in the response from the White House. There’s been essentially none. And people have begun to notice, with Fox News referring to it as a deafening silence.

A Fargo police officer fatally shot responding to a routine domestic disturbance call. A 25-year police veteran killed while trying to serve a warrant outside Atlanta. These are just the latest tragedies of cops murdered while performing their sworn duty — “to protect and serve.”

But while President Obama and the Democratic candidates vying to succeed him are putting America’s police departments on trial in the court of public opinion in response to a rash of deadly police shootings, the murder of police officers on America’s streets is being met with a “deafening silence.”

The relative silence on officer deaths contrasts with the Democratic candidates’ often fiery language on police brutality against African Americans. When it came to the issue of law enforcement at Thursday night’s Democratic debate, the candidates focused almost exclusively on “police reform.” Vermont Sen. Sanders said he’s “sick and tired” of seeing unarmed black people shot by police, likening heavily equipped departments to “occupying armies” – a reference to Ferguson, Mo. and elsewhere. Hillary Clinton hit similar points.

This is turning into something of a border war between the two parties and it’s one I never would have imagined seeing in my lifetime. You can have a hot and bothered debate about racial divisions, and suggestions for improving police – community relations are always welcome. But when it comes to the outright murder of cops one would imagine you could find nearly 100% unanimity among anyone considering running or any elected office anywhere. Where is the statement from the White House on this? Where are the proposals to properly fund law enforcement agencies and ensure they have the equipment, the backup and the resources to save the lives of those who protect and serve?

Even speaking as somebody who writes about political controversy for a living, I can recognize when something comes up which should never be turned into a political football. This is one of those things. The White House needs to draw some clear lines here and thus far it’s not being done.

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Adolf Hitler took a lot of things and twisted them, doesn’t mean all of his ideas were bad ones
nonpartisan on July 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

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Key West Reader on February 13, 2016 at 3:46 PM

nonpartisan/Adolf 2016

HonestLib on February 13, 2016 at 3:50 PM

garydt. Nonpareil also likes to fart in an elevator full of people, right before the door to his floor opens…..

Indiana Jim on February 13, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Obama wants the police to die. Then he and his lib buddies can justify taking away more of our rights in the name of “security”.

Iblis on February 13, 2016 at 3:56 PM

There are two sides to this police brutality issue as i see it. On the one hand from personal experience i can attest to the fact that a great many LEOs in my area are power hungry elitists and just enjoy throwing their power around. And i firmly believe that outside of the SWAT team LEOs do NOT need tanks and some of the other items they have been buying in huge quantities, they ARE becoming entirely too militarized. Law abiding citizens should not have to worry that they will be shot dead in their beds by over zealous LEOs. This is not however a reason to declare open season on the police. They are still the ones out there protecting us to the best of their abilities and not all of them deserve to be tarred and feathered.

That being said , i do not like what i am seeing from the white house or the blm movement either. IF you break the law and resist arrest etc. then you really have no one to blame but yourself if you get shot. The fact that people are rallying around the BLM folks and actively calling for war on the police is just baffling. The sheer stupidity of this is beyond mind boggling. These same people are also the ones who scream loudest about how the police are not doing enough to protect them when the gang banger down the street does a drive by and their precious snowflake of a child got hurt, or someone broke into their home and stole their stuff.

As to the President and his silence, well we have seen from his own actions he does not care about any of us whether we are black or white. All he cares about is his own power and his own agenda. He proves it every time he stirs the pot of racism and widens the divide.

katee bayer on February 13, 2016 at 4:08 PM

Actually, I’m surprised that Hot Air is talking about these fallen police officers. Compared to the wall-to-wall coverage that dead thugs receive here, Hot Air’s coverage of fallen officers has been rather sparse.

Pork-Chop on February 13, 2016 at 4:22 PM

Obama is only interested in black deaths. He could care less about white police officers being killed because he is a racist.

Which is plainly evident by his actions…or lack thereof.

kcruiser on February 13, 2016 at 4:33 PM

OMG!! Justice Scalia was just killed in a hunting accident in Marfa, TX!! OMG, our country is screwed!!! IMG, I’m freaking out!!
RIP Scalia!! But do we all realize what this means?!!!!!!

Susanboo on February 13, 2016 at 4:54 PM

CHP officer in President Obama’s motorcade crashes

Whereupon Barry said: “That cop acted stupidly, too. Oh, by the way , Reggie, did you pack enough lube?”

LegendHasIt on February 13, 2016 at 4:56 PM

OMG!! Justice Scalia was just killed in a hunting accident in Marfa, TX!! OMG, our country is screwed!!! IMG, I’m freaking out!!
RIP Scalia!! But do we all realize what this means?!!!!!!
Susanboo on February 13, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Oh crap.

I hope (but doubt) that the Senate will delay confirming any nominee for the next 11months and two weeks.

FR says “Natural Causes…. I wouldn’t want to bet that is actually true.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3396677/posts

LegendHasIt on February 13, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Scalia apparently died in his sleep, not an accident, but he was on a hunting trip.

Susanboo on February 13, 2016 at 5:05 PM

Apparently Scalia died in his sleep while o
n a hunting trip near Marfa, TX., not in a hunting accident.

Susanboo on February 13, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Scalia’s death will have an impact. Sorry to hear of his death.

Everyone will be more concerned about appointing a new Justice and forget about indicting Hilbag.

woodhull on February 13, 2016 at 5:13 PM

May he rest in peace. Hes earned that right…..

Indiana Jim on February 13, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Wow, Scalia dead. Can the Senate delay the appointment for a year?

WordsMatter on February 13, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Scalia RIP

So sorry to hear this, so untimely

God rest his soul…

Rick Perrys Parakeet on February 13, 2016 at 5:43 PM

We have to win the election now or the second amendment will be gone

Rick Perrys Parakeet on February 13, 2016 at 5:46 PM

President Trump and Justice Cruz. Not my ideal outcome but I could live with that.

WordsMatter on February 13, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Historically, SC nominations are NOT made during an election year. Either side would be crazy to push for this since it would reek of partisan politics. It just makes this election THAT much more important. Wow…..

Indiana Jim on February 13, 2016 at 5:53 PM

We have to win the election now or the second amendment will be gone
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Rick Perrys Parakeet on February 13, 2016 at 5:46 PM

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The political “tension” in these United States, just went UP, exponentially . . . . . . . : (

listens2glenn on February 13, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Wow, Scalia dead. Can the Senate delay the appointment for a year?

WordsMatter on February 13, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Can.
Won’t.
Because GOP.

garnkikaloid on February 13, 2016 at 6:27 PM

Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders are the only presidential candidates willing to address this issue.

But Rand Paul is out. So now Bernie Sanders is the only correct one on this issue. At this point, the Republican Party is just plain pathetic.

TBSchemer on February 13, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Now … to post a comment on the actual topic of this thread . . . . .
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The current “deafening silence” from the White House regarding “Police deaths” in-the-line-of-duty, would be a deafening ROAR, if it would aid and abet their agenda.

For example, if several local and state police were to be killed in a shoot-out with some “militia” group, the families of the slain Officers would get all of the sympathy in the world from the White House, and we would be hearing NO END of pontificating, by THIS President, over the heroism of the slain and wounded Officers.

listens2glenn on February 13, 2016 at 7:15 PM

TBSnitcher. Agreed. We need trump more than ever……

Indiana Jim on February 13, 2016 at 7:17 PM

TBSchemer on February 13, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Wow, this is the first time I’ve agreed with any comment you’ve made.

I would just add that not only is the Republican party just plain pathetic on this issue (and several others that come to mind), the Democratic party is actually complicit.

#coplivesmatter

Voodoo Chile on February 13, 2016 at 8:54 PM

Where are the proposals to properly fund law enforcement agencies and ensure they have the equipment, the backup and the resources to save the lives of those who protect and serve?

Absolutely ridiculous.

Police officers are not being attacked due to a lack of funds. It is solely due to the attitude our President and the Democrat Party has portrayed the last few years.

They have told an entire swath of our nation that police are the enemy and deserve this type of treatment.

The only thing that will change this type of behavior is a change in thought processes, not throwing money at it.

ButterflyDragon on February 14, 2016 at 11:18 AM

As long as those cops are being killed by minorities, it’s all OK…..
but Heaven Help Us if any of them are killed by White Militia Members.

Another Drew on February 14, 2016 at 12:03 PM

The White House needs to draw some clear lines here and thus far it’s not being done.

I beg to differ. The White House has drawn as clear a line as possible. No respect for law enforcement. Race matters. No social justice, no peace. Q.E.D.

Freelancer on February 14, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Air Force One, fundraising, and golf more important to him. Selective concerns only when it fits his agenda. Will go down as one of the worst, if not THE worst.

Amazingoly on February 14, 2016 at 1:50 PM

He needs to be hung for treason. Doh! Is that racist?

ultracon on February 15, 2016 at 12:35 AM

All part of the plan…of hope and change.

iosivich on February 15, 2016 at 7:56 AM

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