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About That Hate Crime

He hated somebody, that seems for sure.

It’s just not clear whom:

The man accused of setting off a small explosion last month that rattled nerves because of its proximity to a Colorado NAACP office says he was in a rage over his financial problems and was actually targeting his accountant, according to court documents filed Friday.

Thaddeus Murphy, 44, told federal agents that he made the pipe bomb out of a shotgun shell and fireworks fuses, the records said.

He said he was angry because the accountant wouldn’t return his phone calls or give him back his tax records. It was unclear whether Murphy knew that the accountant, Steve DeHaven, died in June in Mesa, Arizona.

DeHaven pleaded guilty in 2010 to filing false tax returns and was released from federal prison in April 2013.

A sign for an accountant’s business was still on the wall of the building, but it has been closed for 20 years, according to the president of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP. The NAACP, which has been at the site since 1985, and a barbershop are the only tenants in the building.

Nobody was hurt in the Jan. 6 explosion adjacent to a wall of Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios, a barber shop that also shares the building with the NAACP in a mostly residential neighborhood.

The crude device caused minor damage, failing to ignite a canister of gasoline set next to it. Even if the canister had ignited, the damage likely would have been minimal, the FBI said at the time.

Still, the explosion gained widespread attention due to its closeness to the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, and the FBI investigated it as a possible hate crime.

We were unconvinced at the time that the NAACP was his target, even less so now.

A different opinion:

Henry D. Allen Jr., president of the local NAACP chapter, expressed skepticism Friday about the accountant version of the story, but he would not say whether he believed his organization was the target.

“He targeted somebody in this building, and in my estimate it was not the tax people,” Allen said. “Does anyone really think this guy is going to admit to this?”

National NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks said his organization appreciates local and federal authorities’ swift efforts in arresting and charging a suspect.

“We seek a continued investigation into the motive of the alleged suspect, and we look forward to the culmination of his criminal trial,” he said in a statement. “We will remain vigilant as we continue fighting for civil and human rights in Colorado Springs and throughout the country.”

You do that. With the full protection of law enforcement, local and national.

One detail to leave you with:

Among other evidence, Murphy’s cellphone records showed he had been close to the crime scene, and authorities found dog hair inside the pipe bomb that matched a brown pit bull living in Murphy’s home, the documents show.

Pit bull. Figures.

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Speaking Ill of the Dead

I’ve done it, but try to keep it to a minimum (except in cases like those human septic tanks, Yasser Arafat and Dalal Mughrabi).

In this case, I don’t have to. The dead speak ill of themselves (hat tip reader Jeanette):

One of the Chapel Hill shooting victim’s tweets reveal anti-Semitic, anti-white, anti-Israel, and anti-Zionist views.

Deah Barakat tweeted over 8,000 times. Some of them are about sports. Many of them are hateful.

He retweeted and backed 9-11 conspiracy theories and compared the treatment of the Palestinians to that of Jews during the Holocaust.

He also planned on going to Syria. And seems to have sent lots of money to them.

The ellipses indicate copies of his tweets, which I won’t bother reproducing here. Well, maybe just one:

In this great country of ours, one is free to compare Israel to the Nazis and not be gunned down over it. Not that Deah Barakat was—he may have been murdered over something so trivial as a parking space (something we in Boston can relate to). One is also free to “slander the prophet of Islam”, no matter what Obama has to say about it.

The sick bastard who killed Barakat and two women can fry for all I care (oops, I keep forgetting I oppose the death penalty!); may his victims rest in peace. But while their deaths might make them martyrs in the minds of some people, they don’t have to be saints in the mind of the rest of us.

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WWII Vets’ Lives Matter

We covered the brutal killing of Delbert “Shorty” Belton at the time it happened. Justice is finally having her say:

A judge sentenced Kenan Adams-Kinard to 20 years in prison Thursday for the 2013 murder of World War II veteran Delbert ‘Shorty’ Belton.

Adams-Kinard, 17, pleaded guilty on Jan. 7 to severely beating Belton in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge as Belton sat in his car. His accused accomplice, Demetruis Glenn, is scheduled to stand trial in March.

Grief, forgiveness and redemption were on the minds of friends and family for both killer and victim.

Two of Belton’s nephews, as well as his friend Martha Denison, spoke before the sentencing, remembering the man they knew and loved, while expressing hope that Adams-Kinard could change.

Through tears, they described Belton as soft-spoken, patriotic and unfailingly kind.

“If he needed money or something,” Denison said, referring to Adams-Kinard, “all he had to do was ask and Shorty would have given it up without a problem.”

Nephew Steve Belton spoke about Belton’s service in Okinawa, and described him as the “patriarch” of the family – the last of his siblings left alive.

“He was small in stature, but he made up for it with heart,” he said.

I wasn’t there, but out of misery might have shone a ray of light:

Adams-Kinard read the court a lengthy prepared statement in which he asked for forgiveness and assured the Belton family that he has grown into a better person since the night he killed Belton.

“Life is a precious gift, and to know that I have taken the life of another person has severed my spirit,” he said. “From this day forward, I intend to turn the page and start a new chapter in my life.”

Judge Annette Plese said it was apparent Adams-Kinard had matured since he first appeared in her courtroom.

“You’re owning up and taking accountability for your actions. That’s what a man does,” she said.

Of course, it took a while to get there:

He did not address the accusation made in a letter tied to Adams-Kinard claiming the 88-year-old man shorted the teen on a crack deal. Belton’s friends and family have dismissed the claim as absurd, and police said there was no evidence to support it.

Water under the bridge. Just like the next twenty years of his life. See you in 2035, Kenan.

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What Does Al Sharpton Have in Common With…

Chuck Berry, Lauryn Hill, Ron Isley, Richard Hatch, Leona Helmsely, and Pete Rose?

Not a damn thing!

Serial tax avoidance appears to be a hallmark of Al Sharpton’s operations. But there’s a warning here: Others have gone to prison for lesser amounts. The list includes rock legend Chuck Berry, Grammy winner Lauryn Hill, Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers, Survivor reality star Richard Hatch, hotel queen Leona Helmsely, and baseball’s Pete Rose.

According to a New York Times’ review of government records last fall, the MSNBC host and civil rights activist personally faces federal tax liens for more than $3 million in back taxes owed, and state tax liens of $777,657. So in total, Sharpton reportedly owes more than $3.7 million in back taxes. His other two for-profit businesses, Raw Talent and Revals Communications, (both now defunct) owe anywhere from $717,000 to more than $800,000, based on state and federal tax liens, reports from the Times and National Review indicate. Revals Communications also either didn’t file its tax returns, or underpaid its tax bills from 1999 to 2002.

Sharpton’s National Action Network also owed more than $813,000 in federal back taxes as of December of 2012, according to the nonprofit’s recent filings. At one point, the National Action Network’s tax liability more than doubled last decade, jumping from $900,000 in 2003 to almost $1.9 milion in 2006. In 1993, Sharpton also had entered a guilty plea for the misdemeanor of failing to file his New York State income-tax return. Sharpton has also said the National Action Network had once given him a loan to pay for his daughters’ tuition, which is a violation of the law.

You know what they say, Al. Orange is the new black.

Leona Helmsley was quoted as saying “only little people pay taxes”. Al Sharpton has shrunk in size in recent years, but the littler Al Sharpton still doesn’t pay taxes.

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Stop in the Name of Love

Charles Blow is a New York Times columnist. He is black. His son, also black, and a Yalie, was briefly detained by campus security, at gunpoint.

That’s preamble to this:

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: One of the most illuminating voices we hear from “The New York Times” Charles Blow. He’s talked a lot on this program about his fears for his own son’s safety. Well, last Saturday, his fears seemed to come true. His son, a student at Yale, was walking back to his dorm room from the library when a campus police officer stopped him at gunpoint. He hadn’t done anything wrong, he did exactly as he was told by the police officer, got on the ground, hands raised. Later he was told he fit the description of a burglary suspect. Eventually he went back to his dorm safely. Here’s what Charles wrote in his column. “This is the scenario I’ve always dreaded. My son at the wrong end of the gun barrel face down on the concrete. What if my son had panicked under the stress, had I come close to losing him? Triggers cannot be un-pulled, bullets cannot be called back. I’m reminded of what I have always known,” he wrote, “but what some would choose to deny, that there is no way to work your way out, earn your way out of this sort of crisis. In these moments, what you’ve done matters less than how you look. ”

But here’s what Yale said about the incident in the statement that it released: “A Yale police officer detained an African American Yale college student who was in the vicinity of a reported crime and who closely matched the physical description including items of clothing of the suspect, even though the officer’s decision to stop and detain the student may have been reasonable, the fact that he drew his weapon during the stop requires a careful review.

Nothing to argue with here. I counsel my son the same way; if he or I were black, I’d really hammer home the point: “what you’ve done matters less than how you look”.

COOPER: Does the fact that the police officer involved was African- American? Does that change the equation in your mind in any way?

BLOW: It doesn’t for me because we don’t – when we have those conversations with our kids, we don’t say, well, if you run into a white police officer, behave like this and this, and this, and if you run into a black police officer, you don’t have to worry about that. Do whatever you want to do, jam your hands into all your pockets, and, you know, jump around and talk back. We talk about the police in general. And I am very happy that when he turned around and saw whoever was with the gun that he didn’t behave any differently. He didn’t see any difference. He saw a gun, and an officer and he followed the very same script.

COOPER: Do you believe race played a role even though the officer was African-American, do you believe race played a role in what happened to your son? Because there – you’ve come under criticism from some conservative sites, some even call it a race hoax. Because in your original article, you didn’t mention that the officer was African- American.

BLOW: Right. Because in my argument, I’ve been writing about this for probably, years now and I have stopped, almost altogether, mentioning the race of any officers. Period.

Isn’t the obvious follow-up: why? Why is “what you’ve done matters less than how you look” relevant in one case, but not the other? I don’t know how many Yale police officers are black, but as this NY Times report indicates, whites make up the overwhelming majority of police forces even in cities with overwhelming majority minority populations (if you could follow that). So, the detail that the officer was black was newsworthy, if not central to the story. Absent that information, the reader would have assumed he was white. Omitting it says reams more about Blow than Blow has to say about race in America today.

The facts of the story are unremarkable, save for the officer drawing his gun. That is a big deal, and should be investigated (as Yale said it will). But otherwise, a young black male who matched the description—down to the clothing—of a burglary suspect, being detained and questioned, is barely news. Except that the kid’s dad is a New York Times columnist. With an apparent agenda.

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Scarlet Lives Matter

But do their brains?

A West Point man beaten by a crowd in what at least one witness said may have been a racially-motivated incident is still working on what his family said will probably be a long recovery.

A Marine and Iraq war veteran, Ralph Weems, 32, was the victim of a severe beating in August at the hands of a crowd at a Huddle House in West Point. He and his friend David Knighten ended up there after allegedly leaving a Waffle House where he was told it wasn’t “safe for whites” in the aftermath of the death of Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown.

After police were called in regards to a disturbance, the two left Waffle House and went to Huddle House. Several other patrons of the restaurant were asked to leave at the same time, and it’s not clear if they were the ones who attacked Weems once they reached Huddle House, but Knighten said he couldn’t get to his friend to help him because he was held back by the crowd. He told the Associated Press at the time that he heard racial slurs being used against Weems.

Weems was beaten unconscious and was hospitalized in critical condition.

“Without getting into too much detail, he’s physically made a lot of improvements,” said his father, Ralph Weems III. “Traumatic brain injury takes a long time to recover in a lot of different ways. He’s not coming home anytime soon.”

He has a GoFundMe site to raise $$ for his medical bills.

Sadly, Michael Brown died, committing suicide by cop. Said cop, Darren Wilson’s, life has been ruined; so has this Marine’s. Not to mention the livelihoods of many business people in Ferguson. And last week Eric Holder quietly dismissed any federal civil rights issues in the case.

So, yet again I ask the “Official Question of BTL.com”™: what was that all about?

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Diego Rivera Could Not Be Reached for Comment

About a year and a half ago, President Obama went to Mexico and blasted the US media for printing unflattering “sensational headlines” about such an advanced and civilized country (hence my tiresome series on the pervasive and persistent violence in Mexican society, “Sensational Headline Watch”).

I guess whatever he was smoking then, the Mexican president did not see fit to bring to the White House yesterday:

While critics protested outside the White House, President Barack Obama pledged to help Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto “eliminate the scourge and violence of drug cartels” like that suspected in the disappearance of 43 Mexican students.

Peña Nieto made his first visit to Washington Tuesday, accompanied by several Cabinet members, to tout his economic reforms such as the opening of the its oil and gas industry to private investment.

But his legislative feats have been overshadowed by the violence against 43 students, some whose bodies were said to have been later incinerated, and criticism of how his administration has handled the investigation of the students’ disappearance.

Mexican federal agents have arrested dozens of people, including the mayor of Iguala, Mexico, his wife and police. Detainees confessed they murdered the 43 kidnapped students and burned their bodies. But, the victims’ families have demanded more evidence, and that the students be found.

Yeah, they’ll find ‘em right after they bring back the Chibok girls. Don’t you worry about that.

Want to see a scourge or two?

New recruits to a vicious Mexican drug cartel were forced to eat the hearts of murder victims in a twisted scheme to prove their loyalty, officials said.

Hopefuls who wanted to join La Familia Michoacana were reportedly fed the internal organs during gruesome initiation ceremonies designed to roof out infiltrators or other disloyal elements.

Witnesses told government security bosses how La Familia, and offshoot an offshoot group called the Knights Templar, would also sometimes force potential cartel members to dismember victims while they were still alive.

Whoa. What would Octavio Paz say about that?

I’ll tell you what Frida Kahlo would say: string ‘em up.

An accused thief was beaten to death by a mob in central Mexico after the furious crowd caught him and three accomplices, including a pregnant woman and a teenager, robbing a home.

A crowd of some 100 people discovered the four allegedly robbing electronics at a home in the town of Tehuacan, in the state of Puebla.

The residents seized the four — two men, a male teenager one woman said to be pregnant — and stripped them.

The woman, who said she was pregnant, was ‘struck in the face’ while the teenager was tied by his hands and feet and beat up, local reports say.

He suffered wounds to his abdomen, legs, back and head.

‘We warned them of what would happen if they returned to rob from us,’ local neighbors, who said they were tired of thieves after a recent string of robberies, told local newspaper Excelsior.

Naturally, I deplore this behavior. It will only drive the robbers to jump the border and come here, where we reward them with driver’s licenses. I don’t care how badly run most DMVs and RMVs are: they beat a lynching.

Some of them.

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Two Boston Cops Attacked

I’m back from a peaceful, lovely trip to my favorite country, and the first thing I notice is that the police in Boston are being assaulted.

Two Boston police officers were hospitalized after they were kicked, punched, and choked by six teenagers related to a person they were arresting, authorities said.

The officers, a woman and a man, went to an apartment in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood on Monday morning to serve a warrant on a 19-year-old man for defaulting on court appearances, the Boston Herald reported.

Seven people were arrested in all, including the person police were originally seeking, Woobenson Morrisset.

Mayor Martin Walsh stressed the assault was not related to rising national tensions over police conduct following the killings of unarmed men in Missouri and New York City.

Morrisset, and 18-year-old Lorcen Morrisset, who is accused of participating in the attack, are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. It’s not known if either has a lawyer.

The other teens, a 17-year-old boy and girls ages 13, 14, 15, and 16, face assault and battery on a police officer and other charges in juvenile court.

When the officers found Woobenson Morrisset in a rear stairwell, he attacked them, according to the police report.

Police Commissioner William Evans told WBZ-AM that as the officers were about to handcuff Morrisset, residents of two apartments came to his aid and “kicked, punched, and choked” the officers.

Of course this has absolutely nothing to do with the leftist encouragement to attack police officers. Nothing at all. Just a random event, an anecdote. Probably shouldn’t have mentioned it.

– Aggie

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Nice Oil Field You Got Here, Señor

Shame if something happened to it:

As Mexico opens its energy sector to private investors after 76 years of government monopoly, one of the biggest hurdles for foreign companies coming here isn’t geology, regulation or finding skilled workers. It’s the vicious drug cartels that virtually control the parts of northern Mexico where experts say there are big deposits of shale oil and gas.

“I’m afraid oil companies coming to Mexico will have to worry about insecurity as much as about drilling,” said Carlos Elizondo, an energy expert recently appointed to the board of former state monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

Chris Faulkner, the founder of Dallas-based Breitling Energy , which produces shale gas in South Texas and elsewhere, adds that “there are a lot of challenges with companies coming to Mexico because of security concerns.”

Geokinetics workers say they have come across human remains while doing exploratory work in the brush near the company’s base camp. Last year, two company engineers were kidnapped before being rescued by federal police and Mexican marines.

In 2012, an entire eight-man crew from a private Mexican oil-service firm went missing while working on well heads down river from Nuevo Laredo, according to media reports at the time. Neither the company nor Mexico’s government ever commented on the disappearance.

A young female engineer working for another service company in the Chicontepec oil basin in the coastal state of Veracruz was raped several months ago by a gang, according to two service contractors with direct knowledge of the incident who asked not to be named.

And, in the six years between January 2008 and March 2014, 12 Pemex workers were kidnapped, according to a document from the attorney general’s office obtained through Mexico’s transparency institute.

That doesn’t quite fit President Obama’s portrayal of Mexico as the Athenian Republic, with serapes in place of togas. Why would you police a border against such people?

Since late 2006, some 100,000 Mexicans have been killed in drug-related homicides and an additional 22,000 have gone missing. While drug-related homicides appear to have declined in the past two years, other crimes such as extortion and kidnapping have risen.

That’s almost the population of Hartford, CT murdered or missing in eight years. Not my cup of tequila.

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Have Yourself a Very Detroit Christmas

Get in a gunfight…

A man dressed as Santa is in custody after shooting two people early Sunday morning at a Detroit gas station.

The unidentified victims – both 29-year-old men – were reportedly recovering after the shooting.

Detroit police officer Adam Madera told CBS Detroit that the man dressed as Santa had reason to believe the situation was going to escalate.

‘An individual who was dressed as Santa and two other individuals got into some kind of confrontation,; he said. ‘Two of the individuals went to their vehicle; they believe that Santa felt maybe that they were going to get a weapon. He then shot these individuals.’

Who else would know who’s naughty or nice?

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Vox Pol

The cops have had their say (see below); what about the politicians?

The mayor’s office later issued a statement responding to the PBA, saying, “It’s unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people. Mayor de Blasio understands this is the time when we must come together to support the families and friends of those brave officers New York City lost tonight – and the entire NYPD community.”

De Blasio had the chance to be the bigger man—and punted it like Ray Guy on steroids.

Anyone else? Of course:

“I have instructed our attorneys last night, I have began receiving threatening phone calls and hate. I’ll play one because I’m turning this over to the FBI,” Sharpton said at a press conference with Garner’s widow and mother in the aftermath of the execution-style murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

“The language is ‘hey N-word, stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you,’ and I have several like this,” Sharpton said. “So we are now under intense threat.”

With respect, Reverend, while I condemn and such hate-speech, this isn’t about you. Rather it is about what you said, and how your mob of followers interpreted it. At least have the decency to own it. Same goes for the mayor.

PS: I wondered earlier in the day about Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley’s background:

Brinsley was Muslim and also went by Isaiah and Moses, Romero said, describing him as “a god-fearing person.”

That would be open to question.

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Vox Cop [UPDATED][AGAIN]

I’ve been alluding to this in earlier posts, but let’s hear from some of New York’s finest after their cold-blooded execution of two of their own.

Former commissioner, Bernie Kerik:

With the exception of September 11th this takes me back to 1988, we had two officers killed on October 18th, this reminds me of the days back in the ’60s and ’70s when we faced executions of New York City cops. In this circumstance I believe, I personally feel, that Mayor de Blasio, [Al] Sharpton and others like them, they actually have blood on their hands. They encouraged this behavior. They encouraged protests. These so-called peaceful protests that, where people are standing out there saying “kill the cops,” well, I hope they’re happy, because they got what they wanted.

JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO, FOX NEWS: And what you’re referring to, of course, last Saturday’s protest on the Brooklyn Bridge. The so-called peaceful protest where the protestors yelled, “What do we want? dead cops. When do we want it? Now.”

KERIK: We want them now.

PIRRO: And then two New York City police lieutenants assaulted, mayor de blasio comes out and says they were allegedly assaulted. They weren’t allegedly assaulted; they were assaulted.

KERIK: They were assaulted, they were beaten, their radios were taken. It — you know, I’m numb. I am numb, and you have to question whether this man, Mayor de Blasio, can actually lead this city. You have to question that. You have to wonder, how can he lead the city?

Good question:

On FOX News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine, former NYPD detective Bo Dietl called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to resign after two NYPD officers were shot dead execution style in Brooklyn as they were sitting inside a patrol car.

“If you look online last week gangs were posting on websites about killing cops,” Dietl said to FOX News host Jeanine Pirro. “But this Gardner thing started this whole atmosphere. First of all, the Gardner incident was not a racist thing. There was a black sergeant on the scene. I don’t want to debate that now, but for them to take it and make it a racial thing, that this mayor, and I call the mayor Big Bird de Blasio because that’s exactly what he is.”

“I was at a promotion ceremony yesterday at One Police Plaza and he got two people clapping for him. This guy is a disgrace. He’s divided this country and this punk Sharpton here marching around last week with those demonstrations. ‘What do we want, dead cops?’ Well, they got two dead cops. And you now what? This guy went to Cuba in 1994. He should take his wife, de Blasio and go back to Cuba and live there,” Dietl also said.

Dietl was referring to the honeymoon de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray took in 1994 to Cuba, which violated a U.S. travel ban.

“He should resign tomorrow because he can not do the job and my officers are out there. My cops — I went by the [Rockefeller Plaza Christmas] tree. I went by the tree before. These guys are incensed. They’re saying, ‘Bo, keep speaking, please, we freed [sic] a voice. We need a voice,'” Dietl said.

Here’s another voice:

PAT LYNCH, NYC PATROLMEN’S BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: Today, this police department, this city and our country is in shock and mourning. Starting today, there’s two families of hero police officers that became part of the NYPD family. Every police officer that lined these streets today with sadness in their eyes to show respect as we carried two hero police officers out of this hospital. We will shoulder the burden for these families each and every day for the rest of their lives. Generations of police officers will know their names and hold them close to their hearts and educate our children about the sacrifice they made.

There’s blood on many hands tonight. Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protests, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day. We tried to warn, it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor.

Starting today, we started the mourning for our brother police officers. They’re heroes, they’re fathers, they’re brothers, they’re children. That’s the men we lost today. So, starting in the next couple of hours and going for a number of days, New York City police officers, through their sadness, will straighten their shoulders, stiffen their backs and mourn for these families. We’ll mourn for our city, and we’ll mourn for our brothers. When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable. We ask every person in the city to bow their heads tonight and pray for our families, the families of our lost police officers, their families and the family of every police officer on patrol today who’s in danger.

This was a cold-blooded assassination like we haven’t seen before. So, as I said, we’ll straighten our shoulders, we’ll stiffen our backs, and we’ll wipe our tears. But when these funerals are over, we’ll raise our heads, and those that allowed this to go on will be held accountable.

Sometimes, the obvious occurs only after the fact. Cops may be armed and trained, but they are sitting ducks. They wear uniforms and ID badges, they drive in marked cars, they face investigations up the wazoo if they should ever have to draw their gun and fire.

As Ismaaiyl Brinsley demonstrated, you can execute them at your leisure.

Order his t-shirt now!

UPDATE:
Another voice heard, another finger pointed:

Former New York Gov. George Pataki pegged the shootings of two Brooklyn police officers today on the “divisive, anti-cop rhetoric” of Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City mayor Bill DiBlasio.

Pataki, a Republican who is considering a run for president, tweeted:

Sickened by these barbaric acts, which sadly are a predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric of #ericholder & #mayordeblasio. #NYPD.

By blaming Holder, Pataki would appear to be stopping just short of pointing the finger at President Obama.

I think we can read between the hashtags.

UPDATE:
America’s mayor:

“We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News early Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion: The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”

“I think it goes to far to blame the mayor for the murder or to ask for the mayor’s resignation,” Giuliani said.

“I feel bad the mayor,” Giuliani continued. “He must be heartbroken over the loss of two police officers. I can’t believe this is what he wanted. I don’t he’s a bad man in any way.”

But, Giuliani said, de Blasio is “pursuing the wrong policies” and should not have given protesters demonstrating against the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown as much leeway.

“I don’t think it goes too far to say the mayor did not properly police the protests,” Giuliani said. “He allowed the protesters to take over the streets. He allowed them to hurt police officers, to commit crimes, and he didn’t arrest them. And when you do that, similar to what happened in Crown Heights, you create a great riot. He should have known better. For that he has to take accountability.”

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