Did BLM Rhetoric Lead to LA Officer Ambush?
The Result Of Months Of BLM's Reckless Words And Actions?
I hate to say it, but I was not terribly surprised by the tragedy in Compton on Sunday. Two deputies were ambushed and shot by an assailant while in their patrol vehicle. The two were in intensive care but are fortunately expected to survive. The search for the shooter is still underway. However, in doing more research, the question came up. Could this attack have been avoided? And can reckless politicians and media figures be held accountable, legally?
Michael Ehline is the lead attorney of the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. The Los Angeles based firm is among the leading civil assault and civil rights law firms in Southern California. Ehline spent his time both in the legal field and the Marine Corps learning about the fabric of society-- what is needed to keep a society together and coherent. While some cops make mistakes, the police are simply needed.
And now, this axiom is being tested nearly every day. This brings great shame to the country and our society. Ehline writes a legal blog, including many aspects of recent news stories and legal questions. He can be reached at (213) 596-9642 or email@example.com.
The Unfolding BLM Violence.
The latest coverage from Fox News discusses the tragedy taking place in Compton. So far, the police are actively pursuing the suspect. There is a large manhunt underway. The Sunday shooting resulted in a terrifying view into what could come to parts of the country if anti-cop rhetoric continues to grow. Since the end of May, the rise of Black Lives Matter invective has only grown.
Furthermore, it has been aided and abetted by politicians who do not realize the full effects of their words and actions. Furthermore, the words are also met by real-life violence. We've seen this repeatedly with rioting and looting following many of the protests. In fact, in Portland, we've seen almost four consecutive months of rioting every single day. The tragedy in Compton is not something that is hypothetical. It affects the lives of real people. People who took an oath to protect us. Even if the rest of society did not appreciate it.
The deputies, a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, were both in critical condition and “fighting for their lives” as they underwent surgery following the attack, which occurred around 7 p.m. local time outside a Metro rail station in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
This is on full display in the aftermath of the shooting. As we've seen since the attempted murder, the goons who support violence against the police have not kept their mouths shut. And have called for even more violence.
Calls For More Dead Cops?
Even scrolling the announcement from the LA County Sheriff's Department, there were calls for more violence. Look through the comments, and you see many of the same types of comments. Many users did not lament the shooting of the two deputies. In fact, there was a clear undertone of wanting more dead cops across the country. Even at the scene of the grisly act, there was more blood lust among those in the BLM movement. As the deputies were sent to the hospital, protesters stood outside, chanting for their deaths, according to local press.
Deputies responded to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, Calif. on Saturday evening where protesters converged outside of the emergency room with some yelling, “We hope they die.” “To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling ‘We hope they die’ referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL,” the sheriff’s department tweeted. “People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.” That tweet has since been removed.
The Possible Cause Of The Shooting?
The investigation is still early. There are still many facts left to be released by the Sheriff's Dept and the media. However, we have some indication of the possible root cause of the shooting. Of course, it would seem as if this is a case of anti-police violence. It certainly looks that way. Still, there were events leading up to the shooting itself. The ambush is likely the result of a premeditated action, making it far more dangerous. Furthermore, in the aftermath of the shooting, the protesters were aided by a member of the press. The media has been outspoken aiding the BLM movement over the last four months. And it appears they are even doing so when deputies' lives are in danger, according to local press.
Later, the sheriff’s department declared an unlawful assembly and issued a dispersal order for the group of protesters blocking the emergency room entrance and exit. One adult male protester refused to comply, a struggle ensued and the man was arrested, according to the sheriff’s department. During the struggle, a woman later determined to be journalist Josie Huang, ran toward the deputies. Huang ignored repeated commands to stand back as deputies struggled with the protester, interfered with the arrest and did not identify herself as press, the sheriff’s department tweeted. Huang later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her at the time.
Who Can Be Held Legally Responsible?
Of course, the shooter and any possible accomplices will be first on the list. Hopefully, police catch up to them quickly. However, there may be more at play than simply this. One question that comes up a lot is whether or not BLM leaders or politicians can be held personally liable in court? It's too early to answer that comprehensively. However, as we learn more about the shooter and his motives, we should closely consider his ties and contacts. And whether or not he was radicalized by the radical movements, we see on our TV screens each day.
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- FoxNews: Compton 'ambush' leaves 2 LA County sheriff's deputies 'fighting for their lives'
- CBS KCAL: Anti-Police Protesters Yell ‘We Hope They Die’ Outside Hospital Where Wounded Deputies Were Taken
- Cal Coast News: Gunman shoots two deputies in LA County, protesters block ambulances