Being a police officer is dangerous under the best of circumstances, but it has become more dangerous than usual in Las Vegas. Over a three-day time period, two cops were shot last week in Sin City. The latest incident occurred Sunday when two officers were responding to a disturbance call at a dollar store. The officers were sitting in their patrol car when an individual ambushed them and unloaded his semi-automatic handgun into their vehicle. One of the officers was shot in the hand, but thankfully they both escaped without life-threatening injuries.
The suspected gunman was quickly arrested.
Another shooting occurred Friday night when a LV officer was shot in the leg while responding to a prowler call. After that incident, Las Vegas Police instituted a policy requiring their officers to travel in pairs.
Of course, Las Vegas is not the only city where unstable residents have taken up arms against the police. Over the past month, police officers have been murdered in both Texas and Illinois. Texas deputy Darren Goforth was killed on August 28 while filling his car with gas. Shooter Shannon Miles walked up behind Goforth and shot him 15 times. In Illinois, Fox Lake officer Joe Gliniewicz was cut down only a month from his scheduled retirement date. His killers are still at large.
War on Police
These murders, sadly, may only be the opening salvos in what could turn out to be a very violent situation in the coming months. The war on police has filtered down to the streets, and it speaks to desperate thugs who see themselves as freedom fighters. They’ve been driven to the edge of madness by media propaganda, irresponsible political rhetoric, and so-called “civil rights” organizations.
The most immediate impact of all of this is the real danger for police. But cops today have more to fear than random murderers. They have to fear an overzealous Justice Department as well; Obama’s top cops are on a mission to clean up and reform the nation’s police departments, often forcing regulations on these officers that make it all but impossible to do the job. They must also fear the Darren Wilson effect – will they be the next cops to be crucified in the court of public opinion for doing their duty?
The end result of all this isn’t a better relationship between police and the communities they serve. The end result is that police officers will simply stop doing the job. They’ll stop policing those communities that have made it clear that they don’t want them. This is how you wind up with neighborhoods that are scarcely more than war zones. The poor black communities – the ones that are supposedly being hurt by police brutality and racial profiling – will find themselves falling into violent anarchy.
And they will have brought it on themselves.