Days of Rage and the War on Police

Militant groups such as Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panthers or Nation of Islam declare war on the police or white people in general and urge the killing of white police officers as oppressors and black officers as “race traitors.” Young white kids declare solidarity with them and vow to fight to end “white privilege.”

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By Stephen W. Browne | July 12, 2016

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Five police officers in Dallas are dead, killed by a sniper while directing a peaceful protest following police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. The sniper was killed by a remote controlled vehicle carrying explosives when he refused to surrender.

The following day a police officer was shot in the neck during a routine traffic stop in the St. Louis area.

Protestors in Minnesota closed down a section of I-94 and were dispersed by police in riot gear.
It looks like it’s going to be a long hot summer.

Among many black people and a lot of young radical chic white kids there is a belief in a widespread conspiracy to murder black people.

This is not borne out by the evidence. Most suspects shot by police nationwide are white. Blacks are disproportionately represented based on their percentage of the population but this is to be expected considering they are also disproportionately represented in the number of violent crimes committed.

Young black males, about five percent of the population, represent about half of both murderers and murder victims every year. The greatest danger to the lives of young black men is other young black men, NOT POLICE.

It doesn’t matter. The myth of a war of extermination on black people is gaining momentum and no evidence seems to shake that conviction.

Parallel with this is a growing belief in an organized war on police. So far the evidence is limited to attacks on police in close succession, which could be copycat crimes or just coincidence. But police are worried – as they should be.

Politicians are quick to cry “racism” before the facts of a shooting are known. News media rush to describe a suspect as a “devoted family man” on the word of the victim’s family before any record check, after which it emerges that perhaps the deceased was not entirely an angel.

Militant groups such as Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panthers or the Nation of Islam declare war on the police or white people in general and urge the killing of white police officers as oppressors and black officers as “race traitors.”

Young white kids declare solidarity with them and vow to fight to end “white privilege.”

The nation is going out of its collective mind, and I don’t think it’s going to die down for a while.

The problems of the black community are deep-seated and don’t have easy answers. It’s easier to blame police than a toxic mix of single-parent families, failing schools, and gang culture.

Police are well aware that badge of authority is a target right over the heart. Most police fatalities occur during routine traffic stops and domestic disturbance calls. After a shooting every cop in every community is on edge, raising the possibility of fatal errors of judgment, creating a vicious feedback cycle.

Citizens in this fat happy country of ours by-and-large have no competence in violence; what it looks like, where it comes from, or the skills and judgment needed to deal with it.

Once after reviewing a bodycam video of a police shooting of an unarmed man I pointed out that the victim had both his hands behind his back and pulled one out quickly when ordered by a cop to show them. It looked a lot like “suicide by cop” to me. You don’t make a move that looks like deploying a weapon while covered by a gun.

One response I got was an indignant, “Well, he couldn’t have been expected to know that!”

I often recommend sources such as Rory Miller’s Force Decisions to learn how cops make the decision to use force, what circumstances justify what level of force, and how it can go horribly wrong under stress, low light conditions, etc.

I point out that if your passion is to expose police misconduct or bad judgment then you ought to educate yourself about use-of-force issues to insure your own credibility.

Does not matter. People invested in the anti-cop cause already know it all. Cops are always guilty and I’m peddling propaganda. For whatever reason they want to believe in a police war against the people.

It’s going to be a long hot summer.


Stephen Browne has been a sewage treatment plant worker, a truck driver, an English teacher and a journalist. In 1991 he received his MA in anthropology and set out for Eastern Europe, which was to become his home for the next 13 years. While teaching English and working with local dissidents abroad he began to write professionally about the tremendous changes happening after the collapse of the Soviet empire. In 1997, he was elected Honorary Member of the Yugoslav Movement for the Protection of Human Rights. In 1998, he co-founded the Liberty English Camps in Lithuania, which teach the principles of free markets and political liberty through English-language instruction, and eventually became the Language of Liberty Institute. He returned to the U.S. to study journalism on a graduate fellowship and pay some dues in rural newspapers in the Midwest. At present he lives in his native Midwest with his two children Jerzy Waszyngton and Judyta Ilona. Mr. Browne is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.