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Out of Control | Planet Ryan

By on July 20, 2016 at 8:20 am

Over the past week or so, all hell has broken loose across America. The worst part is that it doesn’t appear that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Of course, I’m referencing the assassination of five Dallas police officers by a racially motivated cop killer who told police during negotiations that he wanted to “kill white people – especially white officers.”

What bothers me is not the Black Lives Matter protesters themselves. Rather, it’s the violent atmosphere that seems to evolve in so many of their disruptive protests. I support their First Amendment right to protest 100 percent, and I always will. But when innocent cops – ones there to protect the very people spitting on them – are gunned down in cold blood, it’s a major problem.

Many of the folks behind the BLM movement are upset. They’re mad at what they perceive as injustice and they’re entitled to have whatever opinion they want. But what blows my mind is the fact that after the police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, within minutes, they collectively issued a public verdict – one that immediately painted the officers involved as guilty, racist minority killers.

How in the world is that fair? What about due process? If the cops are found to be in the wrong, then by all means, get mad.

Have at it. But why aren’t they, and the media, and the President of the United States, and his cabinet members, not allowing the courts to decide who was right and who was wrong before creating this disgusting, racially charged atmosphere that robbed five families of good, innocent men?

As regular readers know, I’ve never agreed with President Obama’s policies, thoughts or actions – and that’s my right – but in my opinion, he has completely ripped open the racial divide in America unlike anyone before him.

And that’s unbelievably ironic, given the fact that he’s the first African-American president.

I’m not sure anyone, on either side of the political aisle, has the solution to healing these painful, age-old wounds. But what I do know is that we need to, at the very least, let the investigative processes and the “system” work before we toss out public verdicts based on nothing more than emotional distress.

Cops don’t wake up in the morning with an evil grin and thoughts of killing minorities. The mere thought of it is beyond ridiculous. But if you listen to even 10 minutes of most of the mainstream media, that’s the kind of narrative they like to push.

Cops are evil. Career criminals on the street are “victims” of “police brutality.”

Give me a break.

All we can do is hope and pray that the fine men and women who wear the uniform are safe and make it through what will probably be a very scary, violent time ahead.

Godspeed, blue.


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Ryan Ledendecker

Ryan is a biweekly columnist for the Republic-Times newspaper. When he's not working, he enjoys a good movie, bass fishing, and CrossFit.