A black Nebraska state senator compared American police to Islamic terrorists and suggested he’d shoot a cop if only he had a weapon.
State Sen. Ernie Chambers said during a legislative hearing on gun bills Friday that you don’t have to go halfway around the world to find an ISIS mentality. It can be found in America because police terrorize blacks every day.
He was referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has beheaded journalists and brutally executed Westerners and others.
“My ISIS is the police,” Chambers said, adding police can get away with shooting people if they “think” they’re going to do something — like pull a weapon.
“The police are licensed to kill us — children, old people,” he said.
“I meant what I said and I said what I meant,” Chambers said.
He said the irony is that lawmakers were discussing freedom of expression on Wednesday, and said it was ignorant and “idle talk” to suggest taking any kind of legal action, since lawmakers are immune from civil or criminal liability in connection with anything they say in the Legislature.
“I’m not going to resign,” he said. “I’m not going to apologize. Why do you think I would apologize?”
Because you compared police officers to ISIS, and said you’d shoot them if you had a gun. Any other questions, dopey?
You say it’s a freedom of expression issue, but it’s the actions I’m talking about
A veteran San Jose police officer was shot and killed Tuesday night by a suicidal man apparently wielding a high-powered rifle, authorities said.
Kiel High School will host funeral services on Sunday for a Wisconsin state trooper who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice identified the trooper as 21-year-old Trevor Casper of Kiel.
The young Wisconsin State Patrol trooper was on his first solo patrol since receiving his badge when he was killed in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect in Fond du Lac.
A 27-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with two counts of attempted homicide after he shot at two Milwaukee police officers who were investigating an apparent drug deal last week, according to a criminal complaint.
A Rock Hill man was arrested Monday night, accused of shooting at a Rock Hill Police officer.
Sgt. Tony Breeden made a traffic stop in the Food Lion parking lot on Heckle Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. Monday. The car had been speeding, according to a police report.
A passenger in the back seat of the car, Maurice Blanding, 30, of Rock Hill, fled on foot into the woods. When Breeden followed Blanding, Blanding fired one shot at the officer.
A burglary suspect opened fire on a Phoenix Police Officer, and his officers fired back.
Both the officer and the suspect were hit by bullets.
Medics took one wounded officer to the hospital in serious condition. A second was also treated for an injury, it’s unclear if the second officer was shot.
Those are just in the past week.
Police officers are given a great deal of authority over our lives, authority they must exercise responsibly. There are many news stories of their not doing so, or at least accusations of irresponsibility.
But there are legal and civil remedies for saying what this Nebraska state senator said. Recall election, censure, defeat at the next election. He has responsibility over his authority, and he violated his as much as any cop. Who’s to say it won’t have fatal consequences, if it hasn’t already?