This weekend, two separate shootings targeted New York City police officers.
After hearing the news of the assassination attempts in his former home city, President Donald Trump was furious — and in a tweet Sunday, he called out New York’s Democratic mayor and the state’s Democratic governor for their lack of leadership that has resulted in a wave of hate and anger toward police.
I grew up in New York City and, over many years, got to watch how GREAT NYC’s “Finest” are. Now, because of weak leadership at Governor & Mayor, stand away (water thrown at them) regulations, and lack of support, our wonderful NYC police are under assault. Stop this now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2020
Blatant assassination attempts
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the attacks are not believed to have been random. The first occurred when two officers were sitting in their patrol van Saturday evening.
A man reportedly walked up to the van and opened fire, hitting the officer in the driver’s seat. The officer suffered gunshot wounds to his cheek and neck, but the Examiner reported that the injuries were not life-threatening.
Hours later, early Sunday morning, a still-unidentified man walked into NYC’s 41st precinct and opened fire. The shift lieutenant was struck in the arm, but it was also not a life-threatening injury.
After the shootings, the NYPD released a photo of a man they believe was connected to the shootings.
The @nypd is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the male depicted in these photos for questioning in regard to the shooting of a NYPD Police Officer in the area of Simpson Street and Barreto Street in the Bronx. pic.twitter.com/HeI5fOovfO
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) February 9, 2020
Promoting violence against police
This uptick in violence against police is not some random happening. During the Obama administration, it became the norm to demonize local police officers.
Democrats concentrated on very specific — and tragic — cases to make all police look bad. Although there must be accountability within law-enforcement systems to prevent police brutality, demonizing the entire profession has done far more harm than it could ever do good.
This problem went all the way to the top, with President Barack Obama often offering his support to criminals rather than the police.
That has led us to where we are today, where some individuals with an agenda will simply walk up to police on the street and try to assassinate them. What a shame.