I’m one former career police officer who is fed up with the likes of Al Sharpton and a sensation-hungry media rushing to judgment when a black person is shot and killed by a cop in a confrontation. It’s the same old script: Intimidation, threats, violence, looting, antagonism and racial divide.

     And then the president and the attorney general weigh in on the federal level as though it’s a greater tragedy when a black person dies than a white person.

     No cop enjoys shooting anyone. No cop anywhere decides to pull a trigger on another human being because they’re white, black or Asian. Not in this day and age. That’s a guarantee.

     My thirty in law enforcement were in Miami-Dade, Florida. We had plenty of riots and disturbances. I watched from the inside out as hooligans seized opportunities to steal, rampage and do everything possible to egg on law enforcement into more confrontations. Once it starts, it becomes contagious. A few ignite the many. The outcry is always the same: Racism.  And the media thrives. When the media thrives, it emboldens the rioters.

     Race riots are scary. People get seriously injured and killed in horrible ways, as a few radical kids wait for the signal from a higher authority. They are criminals, not protesters.  

     Criticism of police for responding to the streets fully armed and protected is premature. The general public, nor the media, knows what threats are looming from behind the scenes. All that gear is for protection and prevention, because there are crazy people out there who seek excuses to kill cops.

     Meanwhile, cops are men and women with families and private lives. They want these incidents like they want cancer. They hate the mere thought of shooting anyone. But sometimes it’s their job. Day in and day out, police officers put lives on the line to protect the very people who threaten, ambush, antagonize and hate them.

     All the facts are not yet known about the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. An investigation is underway.  But consider this:  Cops work every day with a target on their backs, and they know it, their families know it. Training or no training, cops get scared too.

     So let’s shift the focus a moment. At least 120 to 180 officers a year are killed in the line of duty. In 2014, the death toll is on track toward 130 dead officers. Half of those have been killed by gunfire. Most of those are killed because they are a cop. Why don’t we label that bigotry? Hate crime?

     In July, in the one month prior to the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, four American police officers were shot to death. They all had families. Where’s the outcry? Why aren’t the friends, families and outraged citizens of those communities in the streets burning, demonstrating, looting and threatening?

  • July 30th. Officer Scott Patrick, age 47, Mendota Heights P.D., Minnesota. Shot in the head and killed by a fugitive during a routine traffic stop. He’s survived by a wife and two teenage daughters. Killed because he was a cop. The suspect was a white male. 
  • July 13th. Detective Melvin Santiago, 23, Jersey City P.D., New Jersey. Ambushed when responding to a robbery call. Killed because he was a cop. Suspect is a black male who was killed on the scene. The suspect’s wife said that more cops should have been killed. 
  • July 6th.  Officer Jeffery Westerfield, 47, Gary Police Department, Indiana. Responded to a domestic disturbance call. He was ambushed, shot in his patrol car as he arrived. Killed on his 47th birthday, he leaves behind four daughters. Another loyal, America officer… killed for being a cop. Suspect was a black male.
  • July 5th.  Officer Perry Renn, 51, Indianapolis P.D., Indiana. Answered a call about shots being fired in the area. Shot as he arrived. Officer Renn was also an U.S. Army veteran. Killed because he was a cop. Suspect was a black male.        

     Many more officers will die this year and future years, killed by criminals of all races. But who’s paying attention? Who out there understands what it is like to be in the shoes of a police officer, especially when suddenly trapped in a life/death situation? Perhaps it’s the police who should start demonstrating.

     Consider me in. Down with Al Sharpton and the racist pundits who seize every opportunity to cash in on seething bigotry against the bravest and most dedicated protectors of our society.

     Why aren’t the likes of Al Sharpton, and the president doing something meaningful, like visiting the ghettos outside Chicago, L.A., Ferguson and other neighborhoods of violence where black kids are dying by the dozens at the hands of other black kids every day, every week and every month?  What have they done to stem this terrible tide?  I ask them, what difference have you made in the outrageous level of unemployment among young black males?  What difference have you made in the pathetic rate of unmarried mothers and missing fathers, breeding more kids into the gangster world?  What difference have you made in these  and other horrific conditions that black youth live within?

     Here’s the answer!  Nothing! You’ve made no difference.

     So leave the cops alone. They’re job is hard enough without racist rabble-rousers like you stoking the fires of violence.

     Three cheers to law enforcement. May we all stand behind them.


  1. Wesley plath August 19, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Nicely put!

  2. Steven Gure August 19, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Unfortunately Sharpton and racists like him, have discovered that these tactics work. In my time as a NYPD officer the leadership at the top was weak, but the rank and file was very strong and took matteers into their own hands. That was the only reason for the situation stabelizing. The media shares a large amount of blame for things being as they are. The public is uninterested, afraid or at best indifferent.
    The “politically correct” syndrome has to change. In my view it started during the Clinton administration and continues to this day. The public has to come to their senses. It can, and will be done. I only hope it happens sooner – rather than later.

    • carl h manzelli August 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      Well said. You would think we were back in the 50’s. There has been such change and progress but as long as there are still the race baiters and the thugs, as well as a biased media, we will be no better off than we were 65 years ago. Sad! How in Heavens name can any Black person support the angry, scowling, racist Sharpton? He brings the match to the kerosene every time a tense situation arises. His whole career was built on the phony Tawana Brawley case but it doesn’t matter. He now has his own tv show from which to spew his hatred and he has the backing of two other race baiters, Obama and Holder. There. I said it. I don’t care anymore. This president could have been a monumental figure in history. Instead, from the time he opined about the “stupid cop” in the Tate case (his friend) to today, he has done noting but divide and depress this once great country. I’m done.

  3. JKR August 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    A little side note: The Reverend Al Sharpton is going to be the Keynote Speaker at the annual CAIR shindig in September.

    (By the way, he became an ordained minister in the Pentecostal church at the age of 10 ….. go figure.)

    • Jodi August 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      And does anyone remember that CAIR leadership were named as unindicted coconspirators, or that CAIR has long been identified as a terrorist organization and has served as the US based financing/fundraising arm for Hizbullah? Did you know that Shin Beit (Israeli Intelligence) can show films of CAIR Principles preaching moderation in English and jihad in Arabic, all on American soil?

    • DCI August 24, 2014 at 12:29 am #

      Seems he never fully matured from that point forward.

  4. Nicholas Gotch Jr. August 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Most of the blame “the no work president & the dems party, he could put many to work, go for oil, gas and frac. they want you to rely on them, then you do what they want not what u want. Also take the people coming in at the boarded, u want them stopped, simple, tell the “pres/dems they all are Republicans every thing closed like now. All of this is for votes, sell your country for “votes what a “pres” no work idle time for figure out what to do next while the white works to take care of his family, MR. G.
    oh! by the way I was born 2/20/22 so I’ve seen a few things, but nothing like this pres.

  5. Tamela August 20, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    This is DISGUSTING that we as AMERICA has let the “sorry to say” blacks SCREAM RACISM all the time! RIOTS, DESTRUCTION, MILLIONS of dollars in damages…They think most white person is out to get them…HUSSEIN OBAMA and HOLDER, SHARPTON ” list goes on” has divided our Country with RACISM.. All 3 wanted the video of this black teen stealing and showing VIOLENCE towards the store owner NOT to be shown….WHY is that….this kid was NOT INNOCENT. …I think the OFFICER WAS VIOLENTLY ATTACKED and had no choice….HUSSEIN and HOLDER has FAILED The American people.

  6. Ed August 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Amen. Perfectly stated. This should be sent to all major newspapers.

  7. Guy Flaneur August 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Where did you get the figure of 120 cops killed? The figure is 67 from all ways:


  8. Rex August 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    The video in the store is quite clear that this young man stole property that was not rightfully his. Supporters of this action have twisted this so that the police are responsible for “setting him up”!! He physically assaulted the gentleman who confronted him as he was leaving the store! Seriously! The entitlement that this exposes echoes deep within our society. From sandbagging immigrants to all walks of Americans who feel that their unsuccessful choices should be overlooked and law abiding citizens are obliged to GIVE them what they want is ludicrous!! I certainly do not condone killing anyone. However, looting, vandalizing and inciting people to support criminal acts is unacceptable!! The death of this young man is heartbreaking. Let the investigation run its course. Whoever was “in the wrong” should be held accountable. The death of this young man cannot be ignored. Neither can the vultures who are tarnishing his good name by using it as an excuse to realize personal gain by destroying property, stealing, and bringing harm to peacemakers! I hope that a resolution can be arrived at soon. My hope is that this resolution has no boundaries of race, religion, or social status. Wouldn’t it be nice if the decision was based strictly on the letter of the law!? Period. Just sayin’.

  9. Redhead29 August 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    We should incarcerate all those racists and throw away the key. Does that make us racist?
    To hell with political correctness, treat everybody the same.

  10. Denise Byrne August 22, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    This article should be published in every major newspaper in America. The liberal media fan the flames of racism. I wonder if this would have been a black officer that shot a white kid if there would be this much media coverage – and would Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and Barack Obama even notice or comment on it? I think not. They are the racists that incite this violence, over and over. My father is a retired police officer – I lived with everytime he went to work wondering if he was going to be home at the end of his shift. Our police officers have their hands tied – I’m sure everytime they have to defend and do their jobs they wonder what will happen if they have to kill someone in the line of duty. Our cops deserve a hell of a lot better than what they get – they get lousy pay and put their lives on the line everyday for people who have no appreciation of what they do.

  11. jd August 27, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    it goes without saying if you have no skin in the game and want every thing for free like “OBAMA”, AND YOU HEAR THE WORD WORK YOU WILL FIGHT AND STEAL TO KEEP FROM WORK.
    it is bad when it takes peoples lives and the police are needed , if the “due nothings” and free (give me) loaders had to work to get something they would then have skin in the game. that something could be a home, car, clothes, education, savings account (then ” the due nothings”they robbed the bank and now the bank says too bad you robbed us go get the robbers) or you burned the place I worked and the owner says go collect from the do nothings ,we don’t have any money.
    the need for law and order is best served by police and good citizens not do nothings

  12. GS August 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    You hit the nail on the head. It has been happening for many years, and I see no end in sight. A black man cannot be touched without setting off a media bomb, but a white man can be pulled from his vehicle and beat to death with the world watching. There will be no consequences. It time EVERYONE in this country stood on their own two feet and suffered the consequences of his/her own actions, under the SAME LAW. My hear goes out to this officer and hos family. They will be included in my prayers. Yes, I am a Christian and I pray for people – a LOT of people.

  13. Larry and Margie Epstein August 31, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Marshall – You are a source of inspiration and a true thoughtful writer. Keep researching and writing, my old friend. I’m reading.

  14. Stan Kensic September 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Excellent article. When will the media stop fanning the flames of hatred that is driving a greater wedge between the races in this country. They do nothing but rush to judgment in all of these black and white situations. They do not look for the root cause of an incident. They immediately begin an accusatory case against the officer.

  15. Ted September 22, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    I was a policemen for twenty three years and in that time made so many arrests for all types of crimes and in all the arrests I knew they were lawful. I was also involved in a couple riots and was prowd of the way my fellow officers handled themselves.
    In this fergustion situation I don’t know at this time if the officder was either right or wrong, but I do know the person he shot was just a thief and believed it was his right to taking what he wanted.
    No one from our adminstration should have been sent to the thug’s funeral. nor should the Attorney General (joke) got involved in the shooting.
    Further I believe Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton should have been taken into custody and held until to problem over as it’s a known fact they make the problem worse when they arrive at the scene.
    Think about it we use to shoot looters, maybe if this was done again the looting problem would be stopped. Probably couldn’t do it in today’s society, but just a thought.