In her book, The War on Cops, Heather Mac Donald traces this “war” back to the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darrin Wilson in 2014. Mac Donald specifically points to the false narrative, “hands up, don’t shoot” that spread like wildfire. With full knowledge that this narrative was not true, and in fact Wilson shot Brown while being beaten by the much stronger and bigger Brown, the media fanned the flames of this lie. I was traveling across the country speaking at law enforcement conferences during this time and have picture after picture of very influential people from members of the St. Louis Rams to news anchors of CNN; from crowds in Times Square to even larger crowds in Hong Kong and from actors in Hollywood to performers at the Grammys. In every case, hands were raised, buying into the “hands up, don’t shoot” bogus narrative. This was fake news before the term fake news had been born.
The coordinated attacks on law enforcement we see today may have begun in 2014 with the “Ferguson Effect” but they caught fire on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN as the perfect storm unfolded. Unlike Ferguson, in the Minneapolis case there were many credible witnesses, including other police officers, and there was video. The anti-police movement suddenly had what they were previously missing, and we all know the summer of fires, riots, looting and violence that followed. The match had been struck and policing would, possibly forever, be changed.
Continued at The War On Cops: REMEMBER the ALAMO!