Undoubtedly, you know who George Floyd was. And you have probably heard of Jacob Blake, who was recently shot by police in Kenosha, WI.
And, obviously there have been several other similar incidents. Those were awful circumstances with terrible results.
And, protests continue throughout the country as a result.
But have you heard of Claudia Apolinar? Probably not. She is a 31-year old Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy and the mother of a six-year-old. She was shot multiple times at point-blank range, along with her 24-year old partner (still unnamed as this is written). It happened last week while they sat in their parked patrol car in Compton, CA.
Where is the outrage for Claudia, who was shot in the face but then saved her partner’s life by applying first aid, while keeping a lookout for the shooter? It appears that both officers will survive, but each will face unknown additional surgeries and rehabilitation.
MacCrabby is not trying to diminish any police misconduct or over-zealous police work in the many instances have been alleged over the past months. But the rage expressed by people supporting George Floyd seems like it should also extend to support Deputy Apolinar and her partner.
Why doesn’t a police ambush get the same attention, public outrage and publicity-seeking celebrity condemnations?
Where are the public statements from Lebron James, Oprah Winfrey and Al Sharpton condemning this action?
Don’t they see an injustice here?
Did they miss the news?
Instead of Oprah calling for immediate action as she has in other cases, whether she knows the facts or not, we have not been able to find a comment from her regarding this case. Maybe she will weigh in later.
Yet, a group of Black Lives Matter-linked extremists visited the hospital where the officers are being treated, and they celebrated with chants calling for the officers’ deaths. Ahh, more chanting from more uneducated, uninformed, unemployed people. The folks with too much time on their hands and too little common sense in their heads.
And the demonstrators didn’t stop there, demanding to get into the hospital to see the officers (for what cause is unclear). They blocked emergency services for other people seeking treatment. They were turned away, but not before calling the officers protecting the hospital vulgar names and telling them “you’re next.”
Wouldn’t that be considered a hate-crime if circumstances were reversed?
Black Lives Matter officials object, saying that these fringe protestors are not the true BLM-sanctioned people who represent their group. But haven’t police been saying the same thing about the less-than-one per cent of police officers who have exercised excessive force against minorities? You know, the ones that resulted in these protests?
Why should one group get a pass if the other does not?
Two weeks ago, in our convention column, Mrs. MacCrabby was tabbed as the VP candidate, and she suggested a MASA program (Make America Smile Again). We’re a long way from that.
This country has become so polarized, so angry, so partisan and so divided, that every issue, every problem, every event seems to have people picking a side. They are unwilling to see any merit to any argument from the other side.
Nobody roots for anyone anymore.
How did we get here?
Why did we get here?
How do we get back?
Here’s how: Commit to stop seeing issues such as climate, COVID-19, healthcare, abortion, judges, mask-wearing, kindness and similar issues as political talking points that need to be argued along party lines.
Why are those political issues?
Find a sensible candidate (possibly the MacCrabby/MacCrabby ticket) to lead us into a common-sense approach that can incorporate negotiation to get things done.
Quit electing politicians that have no plans to accomplish anything and no willingness to negotiate solutions.
Instead, elect people who root for the American people and for all people.
And let’s ALL get upset whenever ANYONE suffers senseless violence.
After all, LIVES MATTER!
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We couldn’t agree more.
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