In their latest outburst of pure insanity, the National Fraternal Order of Police, a union representing over 300,000 officers, is calling for cops to be included under Congress's hate crimes statute.
A hate crime is defined by Congress as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”
Chuck Canterbury, the national president of the union, actually said-
"Nine deliberate murders of law enforcement officers in space of a single year also deserves Congressional attention!"
While we are not at all discounting the deaths of these nine officers, it was still just nine. Nine murders and you are having a hysterical meltdown, yet those demanding justice and more accountability for the over 1,000 killings by police in 2014 alone are some how wrong? Really, Mr. Canterbury?
Canterbury continued on to say,
"All of these officers died because of the uniforms they were wearing!"
Shall we talk about how many people are unjustly targeted by police for wearing hoodies, having sagging pants, or walking while black?
“Right now, it’s a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their skin, but it ought to be a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their uniform as well,” Jim Pasco, the executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, chimed in.
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Well, Mr. Pasco, aside from the obvious fact that a person's genetic traits are not chosen, the way say, a uniform is... this statement is still absurd.
A person of color is five times more likely to be stopped by police. People of color across America are the disproportionate target of arrest, incarceration, and violence by the police.
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that an African American male born in 2001 had a 32% chance of going to jail in his lifetime, while a Latino male has a 17% chance, and a white male only 6%.
This is not because African-American people commit more crimes, either.
For example, African-Americans comprise 13% of the U.S. population and 14% of the monthly drug users, but 37% of the people arrested for drug-related offenses in America are black. Racial profiling simply leads to more encounters with police, and therefore greater odds of being arrested, brutalized, or killed.
With numbers like these, perhaps the police unions themselves are the ones who should be labeled a hate group.
“Nineteen percent of the fatalities by firearm suffered by law enforcement in 2014 were ambush attacks.” Canterbury also brought up.
Well, according to a new FBI report, Americans are less violent than ever and violence against police has actually been steadily declining since the 1970's. Approximately 21.7 percent of non-accidental law enforcement deaths since 2004 were ambush attacks. Last time I checked, 19% is lower than 21.7%. It is also important to note that being a police officer is not in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the United States.
Obama’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest has responded to the union's childish demands, saying it’s “something that we’ll have to consider.”
If the police are feeling this oppressed, perhaps its time they stop acting like a gang and rejoin humanity.