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Democrats’ cold war on our police continues

PoliticsDemocrats' cold war on our police continues

Last week, two Hamilton Township, New Jersey, police officers responded to a domestic violence call. In seconds, one officer was fighting for his life; another barely missed being killed. The assailant was killed, the result of quick action by the partner of the wounded officer.

Both officers will survive, but neither will ever be the same. Physical scars and emotional challenges will forever shape their futures.

Hamilton Township is an hour south of New York and 35 miles east of Philadelphia. In the early 2000s, it was ranked as high as the 15th-safest town in the country. The location underscores that a police-involved shooting or a domestic violence incident can happen anywhere, at any time.

The incident also highlights the ongoing war on police officers by Democratic officials across the country, even at a time when Americans are on edge over violent crime. Last November, Gallup reported that the number of Americans who feared becoming victims of crime rose to its highest level in 40 years. More than 40% of us are afraid to walk alone near our homes.

Despite the rhetoric by the Biden White House that crime is down, homicides and other violent crimes are still higher than they were pre-pandemic. Violent crime has also been punctuated by high-profile incidents perpetrated by illegal immigrants who have flooded the country during the Biden presidency.

Democrats who declared all-out war against cops after the killing of drug addict and convicted criminal George Floyd have cooled their approach.

Black Lives Matter, which provided financial support to Democratic candidates, is no longer marching and calling for “defunding the police.” Democratic officials, driven by their selfish political interests, not public safety, have begged off the mantra as well.

District attorneys funded by billionaire George Soros are falling in elections or to corruption scandals. Antifa has also been quiet lately, not targeting the homes of police officers, as they did during riots they fomented in cities across the country in 2020.

Even those who want to replace police officers with social workers have largely realized the utter stupidity of that idea. Domestic violence calls, like the one in Hamilton Township, are among the most dangerous for police, with the data showing they have a high risk of injury or death to both victims and law enforcement.

Don’t be fooled. It may be a cold war, often less obvious to the casual observer, but it is ongoing. It is nonetheless still devastating to policing and public safety in the United States.

For example, in the wake of the Hamilton Township shooting last week, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin, an appointee of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, issued a politically calculated statement to tell the press that the incident was under investigation.

After announcing the investigation, Mr. Platkin, whose appointment raised eyebrows due to his lack of relevant experience, dedicated more than 75% of his press statement to spout Democratic talking points about gun control.

“The presence of firearms escalates domestic incidents, with access to a firearm increasing the likelihood of a homicide by 1,000%,” he said in part. “In New Jersey, we are working together to disrupt cycles of violence, end gun violence, protect our law enforcement officers, and support victims and survivors of violence as they work to rebuild their lives.”

It may be smart policy to initiate an internal investigation when police use force that results in a suspect’s death. What isn’t smart is releasing a statement to the media announcing that such an investigation is underway while a police officer is fighting for his life and another is dealing with the trauma of the incident.

New Jersey is also one of a handful of Democratic-controlled states that automatically launches a grand jury investigation of the police officer’s conduct in cases like these.

Policies like that and public statements like Mr. Platkin’s are unnecessary and irresponsible. They suggest to the public that the cops did something wrong. It’s a coy continuation of the fabricated “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative of the left, and the notion that our police are guilty before proven innocent. It makes them appear to be the criminals instead of the guy with the gun who shot at them.

New Jersey has also made it policy to release all charges of misconduct against police officers regardless of the outcome of the investigation or disciplinary action.

Law enforcement is facing a national recruiting crisis that is affecting the operational efficacy of departments across the nation because of policies and practices like this. Officers are retiring in droves and suffering emotionally from being maligned and abandoned by politicians.

Author David Berez, a former police officer who has written extensively about the impact this continuing assault has on individual officers and public safety, sums it up well. He says an “us vs. them” mentality has been created that “puts law enforcement in the crosshairs between the mob and the politicians” in the battle for power and influence.

Of course, the police and public safety continue to lose with this paradigm.

Make no mistake: Democrats might be trying to pull back from their anti-police narrative. But behind the scenes, they continue to struggle to back the one team that stands between security and chaos.

• Tom Basile is the host of “America Right Now” on Newsmax TV and a columnist with The Washington Times.

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