Okay, I confess. I’m not shocked.
I’m not even surprised.
It has been obvious for years that a critical mass of protesters/demonstrators/rioters who have repeatedly inflicted their outrage on communities across the country are not doing so because of any reasonable and responsible desire to obtain police reform or address legitimate racial injustice issues. Responsible protests are based on facts, and the majority of the Black Lives Matter-triggered protests, inevitably endorsed by the Democratic Party, have neither waited for the facts to be determined nor cared what they were once they were determined. The objective is to create division, intensify racial hate, intimidate the community to promote concessions and capitulation, to gain power for extreme left and other activist groups, and to do harm.
Last month,rumors that Chicago police had killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy was all that was necessary to cause the mobs to hit the streets, although, according to ABC News, police had justifiably shot an armed adult male who allegedly opened fire on them. But Facts Don’t Matter: 13 police officers injured and neighborhood were trashed. Also in August, false reports that law enforcement had killed an unarmed man resulted more rioting and looting. Just 90 minutes after the incident, they released a video and statement showing that an armed murder suspect committed suicide when police approached him. Never mind! Any death of a “person of color” with police in the midst of trying to do their dangerous and difficult jobs is provocation enough for violence, slogans, and chaos.
It was considerate of the unusual suspects—Look! Another Casablanca reference! —to eliminate all doubt by rioting over the shooting of madman who rushed a polite officer with a huge knife:
Would you have shot that guy? Oh, why didn’t the brutal police officer wing him? Hey, he didn’t even have a gun! That’s not fair!
That incident was sufficient provocation to sent 100 “peaceful protesters” into the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania last night. They vandalized the police station, broke windows, threw bricks, damaged private businesses and looted. They damaged a post office, because post offices are always shooting people of color. “Death to cops” was spray-painted on one building, See? The victim was only attempting to carry out the will of the woke. He was a martyr!
The objective of these protests/demonstrations/riots is to make it impossible for police to function, to intimidate them so that they allow dangerous people to break laws and evade arrest with impunity, and to surrender society to chaos.
The man who charged the officer with a knife was alreday facing trial for stabbing four people in 2019; he wasn’t kidding. Naturally, his family, including his sister who called the police, told the news media that he was a pussycat. This was all the fault of “the system.” “He had an episode. He was just incoherent and acting out,” she said. “I called to find out what the procedure was to get him some help.”
You know, acting out!
By trying to stab people!
Rulennis Munoz said her brother had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. When her brother wasn’t under the influence of his mental illness, she said, “He was a sweetheart. He cared.”
He didn’t care enough to take his medications so he wouldn’t attack people, however, the little dear.
Following the revolting script we should know by now, Lancaster’s sensitive, Democratic mayor, Danene Sorace, blathered this…
Sunday was a heartbreaking day for our city. My heart breaks for Ricardo Muñoz’s family and the devastation it has brought our community. A life was lost and lives were forever changed, including the officer involved.
As you know, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office office has commenced its investigation. Some preliminary information was released Sunday night, along with body camera footage. While we await the findings of the DA’s investigation, I want to address the larger issues at hand.
Many neighbors on the streets Sunday were asking about the use of force and response to calls for service that involve mental health. These are questions we are asking too, and it is why Lancaster city is the only police department in the county with a social worker and an additional hire in process. In this way, the police bureau has been working to address alternative approaches to de-escalating calls for service.
I know that our police respond to many calls for service related to mental health — here and other departments across the county. Sometimes police have considerable information and ambulances are dispatched concurrently. Many times these are de-escalated and individuals are able to get the treatment they need. Right now, the only system in place for someone who calls 911 for a mental health crisis is police and/or ambulance dispatch.
At the same time, there has been more than a decade worth of cuts to state-funded and county-delivered behavioral health and human services. Cuts born out of the last recession were never filled — and here we are again staring down a $5 billion state deficit which will likely impact these same services again.
The need is clear. Who should respond, under what circumstances, and what protocols should be followed? How are these calls dispatched from Lancaster County 911? There are a lot of uncertainties and nuance to these situations, which can change and rapidly escalate. We need an evidence-based protocol for responding. What is that protocol? Additionally, how do we create and staff a system that can respond 365 days a year, 24 hours a day within minutes? These are just a few of the questions that need to be answered to create a countywide plan.
I am calling on the governor, state senators, state House members, county commissioners, behavioral health experts and police to come together and put forward human-centered solutions that will work in every county of our commonwealth, not just here in Lancaster County. We have rolled up our sleeves, done some local analysis we can share and are ready to work with these partners toward a solution. However, I am clear — beyond a doubt — that we lack the tools, resources, expertise and capacity to do this on our own. I need help. We need help.
This isn’t just about the police.
It’s about the fact that a third (or more like half, depending on how you measure it) of our city lives below the poverty line. It’s about a third of the jobs in our county being so low wage that no hardworking person holding one of them down can make it work. It’s about half of the renters in this city — thousands of households — burdened by the cost of their housing. Decades of stagnant wages and rising housing costs leave no margin.
Those of us closest to the problem here at the city and in community organizations working to build more housing or deliver social services have far too few tools to build what’s needed.
I am calling on our state Legislature, regardless of political party, to adequately fund housing, social services and education equitably and adequately in your city. I’m calling on our representatives to Congress to support efforts to improve the conditions of your poor neighbors — especially around housing and economic inequality.
The pain of your city and your constituents is raw and it is real — it has been present on our streets since the end of May. While the vast majority of the protests have been peaceful, last night’s events took a turn resulting in considerable damage. I want to be clear that there is no place for this in our community, and I angst over the potential for people to get seriously injured, or worse. Peaceful protests must prevail.
My observations begin with this summary: the mayor is a groveling, incompetent, irresponsible fool. But woke!
- She essentially justifies the riots. Her last minute admonsition against violent protests (mostly peaceful!), she actually implies that they were justified.
They were not. At all.
- She never says, directly and unequivocally, that the officer involved acted professionally and that he had no choice but to shoot. She stalls, talking about further investigation, when this is one body can video that completely exonerates the officer. Oooh, mustn’t do that!
This is unconscionable.
- “Neighbors in the streets”? What the hell were they doing in the streets, protesting the death of a maniac who attacked a cop with a butcher knife?
I doubt anyone heard chants of ” Less use of force and response to calls for service that involve mental health!” over the calls of “Death to cops!”
- Incredibly, in her craven, full pander mode, the mayor actually accepts the premise that this death was caused by a flawed system, The “problem” she refers to isn’t inadequate funding, or lack of metal health personnel, or budget cuts. It isn’t the lack of “human-centered solutions,” which is Authentic Frontier Gibberish—I doubt she even knows what that means.
“This isn’t just about the police”? It isn’t about the police in any way. The “problem” is a man running amuck with a knife, a law enforcement problem to which law enforcement properly responded.
- Then the mayor, being a good progressive and unwilling to avoid exploiting any situation, no matter how unrelated, for advancement of the usual Left agenda. Yup, a man being tried for multiple knife assaults attacked a cop because this cruelly non-socialist country doesn’t pay a living wage for jobs that aren’t worth the cost.
Mayors like Danene Sorace are a large part of “the problem.”