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We should have expected this: Nine months after the death of George
Floyd triggered a massive wave of riots and looting, The New York Times
has issued a lengthy report about what happened — and blamed it all on
In a recent front-page story headlined, “In City After City, Police
Mishandled Black Lives Matter Protests,” the paper predictably lays the
entire blame on cops, rather than on radicals who wrecked commercial
districts and caused at least 25 deaths and thousands of injuries.
In the heat of the crisis, mainstream outlets called the riots
“protests.” It was an eye-wateringly brazen attempt at gaslighting,
belied, in some cases, by reporters claiming the “protesters” were
“mostly peaceful,” even as the cityscapes behind them were ablaze.
The same outlets, of course, had no trouble using the “r” word about
the events of Jan. 6 on Capitol Hill. Indeed, they soon reframed the
Trumpian hooligans’ riot in Washington as an “insurrection,” demanding
a post-9/11-style response from the government.
We must never forget “1/6,” the Times insists, even as it tries to
memory-hole the summer’s anarchic turmoil.
The recent Times story fit neatly into a narrative about police
brutality, in which predatory, violent cops are spreading havoc rather
than keeping the peace. The report portrays police across the nation as “poorly trained, heavily militarized and unprepared” for mass unrest.
It’s true that cops need more funding for recruitment and training.
They also need better riot equipment, as well as more intelligence
about radicals planning mayhem (the role of “protesters” who arrived in
armor and prepared for guerrilla warfare was conspicuous by its absence
from the Times report).
But whose fault is that? Politicians task police with stopping crime
and a host of other jobs, lately including enforcing arbitrary lockdown
rules. So it isn’t hard to see why they weren’t prepared for a Black
Lives intifada on US streets.
Growing — and successful — calls to “defund” or “reimagine” policing
have made things worse, leading to more cutbacks. Blue-state pols’
willingness to betray the police has led to still more resignations.
Officers already have a dangerous job; now it’s extra-thankless, too.
Beyond the resources question, the Times narrative blaming the police
for the summer riots is pure balderdash.
For starters, the summer uprising itself was unjustifiable: There is no statistical evidence of an epidemic of police violence; cops aren’t in
the business of hunting down and killing unarmed African-Americans.
Some cops screw up and overreact in difficult situations, with
sometimes tragic consequences. But too often, journalists — the same
ones now blaming cops for riots — misreport these incidents, creating martyrdom narratives that can’t withstand factual scrutiny.
The notion that cops brutalized the BLM protesters on a mass scale is
equally false. In fact, in many cases, cops were ordered to stand down
and let the rioters run wild, rather than risk the kind of mass
casualties that might have resulted had they attempted to stop the
burning and looting. New Yorkers witnessed this dynamic firsthand,
though the Times would insist that they not believe their lying eyes.
In some instances, police even abandoned police stations and other
government facilities rather than defend them. Citizens who lost their businesses or jobs or were injured no doubt regretted the abdication.
Almost everywhere, it was the protesters who initiated violence. Cops
showed heroic patience, as they were physically assaulted and subjected
to vile, often-racist insults. Who can forget the pair of radicals,
including one high-end lawyer, who hurled a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle, gravely endangering officers?
Cops aren’t perfect, but lawlessness is infinitely worse. The
politicians and chattering classes abandoned the men and women who keep
evil and chaos at bay. Liberals are using them as scapegoats to
radically reorganize our society, so it conforms with the nostrums of
critical race theory. It is that toxic ideology that is to blame for a
The Times would like us to forget, of course. But again, we New Yorkers
saw the savagery of the radicals. We witnessed what they did to our neighborhood stores. We watched the footage of an officer’s body
tumbling in the air after being run over in The Bronx. Our city paid
the price for this mad fanaticism. We won’t forget.
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