Last night, during the latest protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over alleged racism, two police officers were shot. This from Fox:
The gunman who shot two Missouri police officers early Thursday at a protest outside the Ferguson police headquarters remained at large, and a top law enforcement official said it was only "by God's grace" that the two cops - one of whom was hit in the face - are expected to survive. . .
The police officers, one a member of Belmar's force and the other from another county police department, were part of a 25-man police line at the embattled headquarters, where Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson had announced his resignation hours earlier. Witnesses reported hearing as many as four shots and seeing the flash of a muzzle about 125 yards away from the police . . .
'This is what they wanted to happen'- Ferguson police officer reportedly said after the shooting . . .
The police officers, both men, were not named, but authorities said one is a 32-year-old from suburban Webster Groves and the other was described as a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County. The Webster Groves officer was hit in the the cheek and the bullet stopped behind his ear, Belmar said. Doctors are deciding how to best remove the bullet.
The St. Louis County officer suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder, and the bullet exited his middle back, Belmar said. Both were taken to a local hospital. Their injuries were described as "very serious," but not life-threatening.
The protest began at about 5:30 p.m., after Jackson stepped down. His resignation came after months of controversy and a grand jury decision and a separate Justice Department report that cleared a white former Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, of civil rights charges in the shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson last summer. Wilson has since resigned. A separate Justice Department report found a profit-driven court system and widespread racial bias in the city police department. . . .
This is the racial whirlwind -- lives ruined, people injured, possibly killed, the nation left with an ever widening racial divide while real race based societal problems are ingnored. And its a very safe bet that whoever shot the officers was one of the many inflamed by the overt and blatant race hustling of Eric Holder, the DOJ, Al Sharpton and others.
This travesty began on 9 August 2014 of last year, when white Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed the black "gentle giant," Michael Brown, who was in the process of attacking the officer. Within days, Al Sharpton was on the ground in Ferguson to get his piece of the racial spoils, Eric Holder announced that the DOJ would be doing a civil rights investigation, and a cadre of professional agitators from "groups like the ANSWER Coalition, the New Black Panthers, the Revolutionary Communist Party, the Organization for Black Struggle and the Soros-linked U.S. Human Rights Network" descended on Ferguson to play this incident for all the racial gold it was worth. One time civil rights hero, now a traitor to Rev. Martin Luther King's noble cause, Rep. John Lewis was busy leading the Congressional Black Caucus in a "hands up, don't shoot" display, alleging that Brown was executed by the cracker racist cop while he was meekly trying to surrender. And last week, at his speech on the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march in Selma, President Obama pointed to alleged racism in the Ferguson Police Department as proof that racism still casts a "long shadow" on our evil country.
For the race hustlers in and out of government, America must always be portrayed as 1950's Selma, else they lose their power. And God forbid that blacks, who for half a century have voted 90% as a block for the left, begin to question whether they are being misled by their political masters and overseers.
The trigger for last night's protest, and presumably its violence, were DOJ reports issued last week. One, an investigation of the Darren Wilson - Michael Brown incident, wholly and completely exonerated Officer Wilson. The DOJ found, just like the Grand Jury, that all credible evidence supported Officer Wilson's account of the incident. There was no question of wrongdoing, let alone racial bias evident in the altercation from start to fatal finish.
The second DOJ report issued last week, (copy here), claiming that the Ferguson PD was riddled with racism, was nothing more or less than pure bullshit. The only evidence of racism that the DOJ produced, besides noting a few non-pc jokes that were passed to some people in the department, was statistical -- the so called "disparate impact" theory so beloved of the left because it allows them to claim and prosecute for racism without having to show any actual, you know, racism. The "data" from Ferguson PD arrests and citations showed that blacks were being stopped, cited, searched and arrested at more frequent intervals than whites relative to their population in Ferguson. At no point did the DOJ make any effort to drill down to each individual incident to determine if there was racism animating the officers' decisions. (They did show that some officers, race unknown, acted like horse's asses on occasion, but that is as much a surprise as observing that water is wet).
In truth, given that, according to DOJ statistics, blacks commit crimes in far higher number relative to their population than whites, it would be a surprise in any city in America if blacks were not being stopped, cited, searched and arrested at more frequent intervals than whites relative to their population. The numbers tells us nothing other than there is a problem. Whether racism lies at the heart of it requires a whole other level of analysis. But the left, and the DOJ today is a left wing snake pit, is happy to use disparate impact theory alone to claim racism. As Thomas Sowell opined this past week, the disparate impact theory is a left wing racket.
The other Justice Department report, . . . -- "Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department" -- was a complete contrast [to the fact based report exonerating Officer Wilson]. Sweeping assumptions take the place of facts, and misleading statistics are thrown around recklessly. This second report is worth reading, just to get a sense of the contrast with the first.
According to the second report, law enforcement in Ferguson has a "disparate impact" on blacks and is "motivated" by "discriminatory intent."
"Disparate impact" statistics have for decades been used, in many different contexts, to claim that discrimination was the reason why different groups are not equally represented as employees or in desirable positions or -- as in this case -- in undesirable positions as people arrested or fined.
Like many other uses of "disparate impact" statistics, the Justice Department's evidence against the Ferguson police department consists of numbers showing that the percentage of people stopped by police or fined in court is larger than the percentage of blacks in the local population.
The implicit assumption is that such statistics about particular outcomes would normally reflect the percentage of people in the population. But, no matter how plausible this might seem on the surface, it is seldom found in real life, and those who use that standard are seldom, if ever, asked to produce hard evidence that it is factually correct, as distinct from politically correct. . . .
The Supreme Court ruled several years ago that the disparate impact theory alone could not be used to prove racism in the employment context. Since then, the DOJ has been at great pains to keep the Supreme Court from ruling on the disparate impact theory in any other context. It is the single best weapon in their arsenal for making out charges of racism, whether any exists or not in a given situation. In this case, the DOJ's use of disparate impact to smear the Ferguson PD was nothing more than race hustling at its worst.
But, the report served its purpose. Ever since the thug Michael Brown was killed, the race hustlers have been demanding the sacrifice of Officer Wilson and the Ferguson PD on the alter of racial grievances. Well, they've gotten a goodly portion of it. Officer Wilson, wholly exonerated of any wrongdoing by a grand jury and a DOJ investigation, has had his life ruined and has left the Ferguson PD. The police chief of the Ferguson PD has resigned in the wake of DOJ report finding racism rampant in the Ferguson PD. And last night, two innocent police officers were gunned down in yet another race baiting protest. So, Al, Eric and crew, are you satisfied yet?
The left have sown the wind with their race baiting. Last night, they reaped the whirlwind.
Update: Via Instapundit, "IN FERGUSON? IN AMERICA. 'The most-effective left-wing activist in Ferguson has got to be Eric Holder’s Justice Department:'"
. . . In a press conference, Holder decried last year’s riots, claiming that “violence is never justified,” before going on brazenly to justify the violence: “[S]een in this context—amid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings, and spurred by illegal and misguided practices—it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg.”
Holder’s claim is that while Darren Wilson didn’t murder Michael Brown, in a way, the entire system did. This type of racial grievance-fueling is like a shot of straight adrenaline to the agitators of Anonymous and their fellow travelers on the professional far left. One can’t help but marvel at the outgoing attorney general’s chutzpah as he condemns Wednesday’s shooting as a “cowardly” and “senseless” act. Senseless? For anyone who’s spent the last eight months watching Holder’s cynical manipulation of the protests in Ferguson, Wednesday’s shooting made all the sense in the world.