While the liberal left is making plans to boycott the presidential inauguration Friday, many in law enforcement cannot say “goodbye” fast enough to a sitting president that frequently embraced police antagonists.
One of those is William J. Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations. “No one is sorry to see this guy go,” he told TheBlaze.
Amid the spike in deadly violence against police during Obama’s presidency, Johnson said Obama’s public statements merely have given “lip service” to the notion that such behavior is wrong. But coupled with such rhetoric has been Obama’s consistent support — often in the next sentence — for groups inclined to blame police for incidents involving minorities, which likely has kept the door open for more violence against officers, they reported.
The disturbing result, Johnson told TheBlaze, has been a steep drop in morale among police and a marked decrease in officers’ willingness to engage communities for fear of being unjustly accused. In other words, “Don’t get involved, smile, wave, drive by,” Johnson said.
“He knows what he’s doing. He’s aware who his audience is,” Johnson added regarding Obama. “In terms of violence against police, his audience was not police or survivors, his audience was leaders of Black Lives Matter, protesters and agitators. … He sent a clear message: ‘I’m on your side.’”
Johnson continued by articulating examples to include Obama’s race related comments following various high profile events, to include incidents involving Henry Louis Gates Jr., Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown.
Particularly bothersome has been the president’s support of the false narrative, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
Even though Obama expressed sentiment that Trayvon Martin could have been his son, there was no such emotion for the besmirched white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, who was victimized by a street thug as well as the establishment that should have protected him. After all, even the Justice Department, that openly acknowledge civil rights violations would be their forte in the new administration when Obama assumed office, had to exonerate Wilson. But you’d never know it based upon “public conversation” that everyone claims is so important.
Even though “Hands up, don’t shoot” is based upon a lie, it has been accepted as necessary by leftist apologists claiming the greater good is at stake.
With all the high profile events related to law enforcement recently, Johnson told Fox News that Obama has “become the Neville Chamberlain of this war on cops.”
The reference to the prime minister of England who let the Nazis extend their rule in the 1930s stemmed from the Obama administration’s “disarming of police, taking away defensive gear like bullet-proof vests and helmets and bullet-proof cars, and at the same time, appeasing very violent movements.”
Johnson told TheBlaze that he was called to the White House for a summit of sorts, but he “kind of got chewed out” by Obama in the Roosevelt Room, adding that the president told him, “I’m not responsible for the war on cops.”
Johnson told Obama that his support of BLM invites violence against police.
The very next day Obama spoke during a memorial service for the slain Dallas officers and proceeded to add to law enforcement’s pain, Johnson said, as the president uttered these words:
“And while some suffer far more under racism’s burden, some feel to a far greater extent discrimination’s sting. Although most of us do our best to guard against it and teach our children better, none of us is entirely innocent,” Obama said. “No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this.”
This portion of his speech drew the ire of cops across the nation, and the Washington Post reported that the slain officers’ families didn’t join in the clapping when the president talked about the Black Lives Matter protests and the killings in Minnesota and Louisiana.
If ever a time existed to check politics at the door; that was it. He missed a huge opportunity to unite people while he pounded his bully pulpit of race politics.
“Even now (he) just can’t support police?” Johnson asked regarding Obama’s words about racism and bias at the service. “What the hell is he talking about? How does that fit in?”
Johnson added that Obama adding his race soliloquy during the service was “appalling” and “beyond tasteless” and bordering “almost on cruelty.”
Finally Johnson told TheBlaze he’s seeing the once historically multi-generational aspect of police work — e.g., “My dad was a cop, my grandfather was a cop” — dwindling even among the most dedicated to the profession.
Said Johnson, “They’re telling their kids, ‘It’s not worth it.’”
(Feature image is file photo from officers memorial service in Dallas)