KANSAS CITY, MO – There is a very real attack being unleashed on the American law enforcement community. There is a very vocal minority who want to defund and dismantle police departments.
Sadly, the larger assault is coming from pandering local politicians. Bill de Blasio. Lori Lightfoot. Ted Wheeler. Jenny Durkan. Eric Garcetti. These are just a few of the mayors around the country who have declared open season on the very people who safeguard the cities these mayors pretend to govern.
In the midst of this insanity, there is finally a ray of hope.
Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, is standing up to protect the officers working to protect their city.
On Thursday, five days after meeting with families of Kansas City cops, he announced that he would be introducing an ordinance to criminalize the “doxxing” of police officers. For those unfamiliar with the term, it is the word used to describe the following actions:
“To search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.”
So, when someone publishes the address of a cop, or the names of their children and what school they go to, or where their spouse works, for the sole purpose of enticing people to harass, intimidate or cause harm to the officer or their family members, they are “doxxing” them.
Lucas said in a Facebook post:
“Our public employees have a right to get home safely and their families should be free from harm.
“I condemn any sharing of police officer addresses and personal details and I look forward to Council joining me to make such actions against officers, our city employees, and other public servants illegal in Kansas City. We welcome free expression in Kansas City and disagreement on issues of public concern, including public safety.
“We do not welcome intimidation of people doing the jobs we hire them to do or intimidation of their spouses and children.”
The mayor posted the verbiage of the ordinance to his Facebook and Twitter feeds.
To his credit, Mayor Lucas seems to have covered all the bases, and did not use ambiguous terminology, leaving little room for the statute to be misinterpreted.
The ordinance defines Chapter 50, Section 175, succinctly.
“Malicious publication of personally identifying information of public servants with the intent to intimidate, abuse, threaten, harass, or frighten a public servant, a public servant’s immediate family, or a public servant’s domestic partner.”
After identifying who qualifies as immediate family and domestic partners, the ordinance details what types of information is off limits to public release.
They include: social security numbers, dates of birth, home or physical addresses, email addresses or phone numbers, account numbers and school or employment information.
According to KCUR:
“Lucas said he supports public servants being publicly held accountable, but that that shouldn’t extend to people’s spouses, family or children.
‘I’m all about protesting and all about holding people to account. What I don’t think we need to do is have families living in fear,’ Lucas told KCUR.”
So, you may wonder if doxxing of officers is a problem in Kansas City.
Has any KC officer been doxed?
— Amy Axtell (@amybett) July 23, 2020
This account was posting officers home addresses and phone numbers. That is against Twitter rules, so it was suspended. pic.twitter.com/6Xv9xrzgDT
— kcpolice (@kcpolice) July 23, 2020
The tweets form the mayor and the police department unleashed the typical anti-cop rhetoric.
More than I have police spouses.
— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) July 23, 2020
Sure you can. You just wouldn’t be able to publish their address and tell people to go make trouble at their family home.
— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) July 23, 2020
But it's cool for them to intimidate, profile, and oppress us. Just make sure they're hidden while doing it. But hey??? I guess this was needed before other stuff.
— Gary Shephard (@GStatiz) July 23, 2020
— Abram Garcia (@abram913) July 24, 2020
And those types of comments are indicative of the things we typically see as part of the war being waged by politicians.
There are plenty of people who would argue that war is fictional. To anyone who believes that, please read the following piece written yesterday by Law Enforcement Today’s national spokesman, Kyle Reyes. This editorial viewpoint was the result of the governor of New York’s full-blown hatred for law enforcement and the people who support them.
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I’m disgusted. I’m embarrassed. My heart is broken for the America that we’ve lost.
This morning, I woke up at 3am. I proudly announced on Fox and Friends First that Law Enforcement Today was proudly joining a number of other groups in taking part in the largest Back the Blue event in America.
Acclaimed keynote speaker Paul Butler and I were going to be the joint Masters of Ceremonies. We had rock and roll legend Ted Nugent flying in for the National Anthem – accompanied by Congressman Clay Higgins, the keynote speaker.
The first wave in the attack came from Facebook. After 6300 people RSVP’d to the event, the page was taken down by the social media giant.
It didn’t come as a surprise. I’m the same guy that just got a lifetime ban from LinkedIn last month for sharing an article about a guy who tried to kill two cops. We are sort of use to it.
But what happened today? Today it became evident just how legitimate the war on law enforcement is.
Congressman Clay Higgins and Ted Nugent are not allowed to attend the event… and that apparently comes directly from Governor Cuomo’s office.
Within hours of announcing that they’d be at the rally, Democrats throughout New York demanded the event be shut down. It was the typical liberal playbook – everyone that doesn’t tow the line is a racist, sexist, xenophobe, Islamaphobe, etc.
That didn’t work. Because the last we checked, it’s America. We have yet to see anyone shut down Al Sharpton from speaking at an event, or the self-proclaimed Marxists affiliated with Black Lives Matter.
So they tried a new approach. The state police detail ensuring the security of Congressman Higgins and Ted Nugent were told they weren’t allowed to offer protection.
Their careers were threatened. Then their families were threatened.
So we came up with a new plan. We had dozens of Blue Knights who were going to provide safe passage.
And that’s when the governor apparently pulled the ultimate “trump” card. He instructed the health department to ensure that upon landing in the state, Congressman Higgins and Ted Nugent would either be turned around and sent back… or forced into a mandatory 14 day quarantine.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, a politician facing ethical issues, took to social media on Thursday to call Nugent a racist. She quickly came under attack on social media.
On Friday night, in a desperate attempt to save face, she blamed the pandemic.
“After being reminded of New York State’s quarantine orders and Nassau County’s protest protocols, Ted Nugent will no longer be attending tomorrow’s march in Eisenhower Park. Congressman Clay Higgins is also being advised of New York State’s quarantine Executive Order.”
She went on to suggest it was about safety – despite precautions taken by event organizers to ensure proper social distancing.
“Nassau county will continue to protect our residents’ right to safe, peaceful protest as is guaranteed under the First Amendment of our Constitution. However, we won’t tolerate blatant violations of the Governor’s quarantine order for travelers from high-risk states.”
Funny – we have yet to see any enforcement of said orders at riots or Black Lives Matter protests.
In executing their move, the department essentially accomplished their ultimate goal of pitting pro-law groups against each other… when we should be fighting against those who seek to divide us.
Law Enforcement Today got in this fight and behind this rally – along with groups such as Brothers Before Others and Advocacy for LEOs – to show our love, support and appreciate for police officers. We will not be castrated by politicians looking to flex their muscles by destroying the heart and soul of law enforcement and supporters.
Accordingly, our organization – and many others – are stepping back from the event and will instead be doing our own live stream Saturday.
To our brothers and sisters who still choose to attend the event (safely and social-distanced), we support you. We love you. We cherish you. And this is how we honor you… by fighting for you.
Here’s our official press release:
LONG ISLAND, NY – It’s one of the most painful decisions this group of men and women has ever made. And it’s also one of the most important ones. A war has been launched on law enforcement and their supporters – and it’s from none other than New York politicians. And today… we declare “enough is enough”.
It’s all because an event that was quickly turning into America’s largest Back The Blue rally became too popular.
We expected counter-protestors. We anticipated police-haters. What we never saw coming was the very politicians who took an oath to protect the Constitution leading the charge to directly target law enforcement and supporters through dirty politics.
On Friday, Governor Cuomo’s administration, after hearing in the national media that rock and roll artist Ted Nugent and Congressman Clay Higgins would be attending the event, formulated an underhanded strategy to directly target them.
When the administration realized that Congressman Higgins, Ted Nugent and the biggest supporters of the event weren’t backing down… the health department was instructed to make sure that Higgins and Nugent weren’t allowed to step off of the plane and attend the event under the guise of “COVID-19 restrictions”.
Of course we all know what that really means – especially given the extensive safety measures that were taken to ensure proper social distancing, mask usage and sanitizing precautions.
This came directly after the state troopers who were going to provide a private security detail from the airport for the congressman were told they’d be suspended and investigated if they offered protection – even if they did it on their off-time.
In a show of solidarity with those who volunteered to attend the event on their own dime, and the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every single day, the largest police-groups associated with the event have decided they could not, in good conscience, still take part in the event.
“When politicians create controversy and weaponize national pandemics, they themselves become the counter-protestors,” said Rob O’Donnell, former NYPD Detective and Board Member of BBO.
Brothers Before Others, Advocacy for LEO’s and Law Enforcement Today (the largest police-owned media company in America) will no longer be attending the event and will instead be hosting a private social media event that cannot be stopped or censored by New York politicians.
It’s an opportunity for patriotic Americans from across the country who support law enforcement to take part and to declare “enough is enough”.
“This is bigger than one person…one speaker… one congressman,” said Law Enforcement Today’s National Spokesman Kyle Reyes, who was set to be one of the Masters of Ceremonies for the event.
“This is about a nationwide statement that the attacks on our law enforcement and supporters cannot – and will not – be allowed to continue on our watch without repercussions.”
“Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.”
We have reached a tipping point in society. Let’s call it what it is – there is a full-blown war on law enforcement.
There are rising calls to defund the police…abolish the police… kill the police. And we’ve all been sitting here silently, trying to figure out what happened… and how it happened so quickly.
Officers signed up to serve and protect. They didn’t sign up to be attacked day after day. And it’s not just the criminals who are attacking them – it’s mayors who are handcuffing them and targeting them for doing their jobs.
There are approximately 850,000 sworn law enforcement officers in America who right now feel alone and under full-scale assault.
Ted Bell is an officer who was wounded in the line of duty. In a recent interview with Law Enforcement Today, he said that the sweetest sound he ever heard was sirens, because he knew “all of my brothers and sisters were coming for me”.
It’s time for law enforcement officers who are under attack to get some backup – and that backup is all of us.
Let’s do some math.
There are approximately 331 million Americans.
According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.
That’s 285 million of us.
Let’s say Gallup is wrong. Let’s say it’s not the overwhelming majority of Americans that support law enforcement. Let’s say it’s just five percent of Americans that support the police.
That’s 16 and a half MILLION people.
At the height of World War 2, the size of the United States military was approximately 12 million Americans. Our nation became back to back World War Champions… with an army that was 12 million strong. It’s time for us to get back to our roots and build that army of support.
How We’re Fighting Back
We’ve hired dozens of new writers at Law Enforcement Today. Most of them are active, retired or wounded police officers or family members. Their sole job is to bring you the stories of what’s really happening in America.
And we’re putting a team of cinematographers on the road to capture the stories of police officers and patriotic Americans. The stories that the mainstream media often refuses to show you.
Pick your gifts below. Sign up for a membership. Perhaps even just get a lawn sign for your house to show your support.
The proceeds will go into expanding our staff of police officers, their families and cinematographers to bring you those untold stories.
We’re also going to start listing all of the Back the Blue Rallies across America for you to attend.
Stop being the silent majority – and be a part of the army that will help save America. You are not alone… but right now, our officers are.
Backup has arrived – and this time, it’s all of us.
~Law Enforcement Today
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