President Obama’s silence on the violence being carried out against America’s police speaks volumes.
Law enforcement is at its wit’s end with this administration’s dismissal of escalating violence against officers. The shooting deaths of police officers has spiked since the formation of Black Lives Matter, yet the president has chosen not to address the issue, leading many to believe he’s OK with it.
“He has a microphone in his face almost every moment he’s awake, and has unprecedented access to the media. He could certainly take a moment to acknowledge these events and give us the same support he provides those that attack and kill us,” Carroll County, Md., Sheriff James T. DeWees told the Washington Examiner’s Secrets.
And it’s not like Obama is unaware of what’s happening.
The shooting deaths of two of DeWees’ deputies prompted him to write an open letter to the president on his Facebook page, expressing his utter disappointment “when my president doesn’t take the time to openly recognize the sacrifices that brave men & women of law enforcement make each day to keep domestic peace.”
His post was shared more than 23,000 times.
In the five short weeks since DeWees wrote that letter, 14 more law enforcement officers have ended their final watch — six by gunfire — and the White House remains silent.
“I also speak for thousands of police officers throughout the country that feel the White House has forgotten about them; a White House that remains silent about the uptick in deaths which ultimately gives them the perception that it’s condoned; and for them perception is reality!” DeWees added.
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— Blue Alert (@BlueAlertUs) March 6, 2016
The president’s silence has reached the point of outright shunning. The Examiner reported:
For example, the White House was urged to follow the practice of past administrations to have the president sign a letter of condolence to the families of killed police. It hasn’t. It was also suggested that the president extend a recent Florida fundraising trip to attend a police funeral in Louisiana. He didn’t.
Obama also didn’t acknowledge the Feb. 27 slaying of a Prince William County, Va., officer Ashley Marie Guindon, 28. She was killed on her first day on the street just 28 minutes from the White House.
DeWees’ bewilderment at the president’s conduct is shared by Dane County, Wis., Sheriff David J. Mahoney.
“Our nation has lost its soul and that is why we struggle, and why leaders in government who define individual special interests are rising to the top of national politics in both parties.”
A new national leader with the right vision is called for, he said.
“It is time that someone step forward to lead our nation and our communities who can help find our collective soul, to bring our communities and nation together in a united mission and to protect and honor those who would stand in defense of our American ideals of freedom, democracy and equality for all, and those charged with the grassroots defense of these ideals are our law enforcement officers, police, deputies, troopers and agents in every community all across our country,” he said.
Rest in peace, Officer Guindon.
— Blue Alert (@BlueAlertUs) March 1, 2016
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