And the protests start when? NYPD Officer Brian Moore dies from injuries.
It’s always sad, indeed usually tragic, when a cop is killed in the line of duty. When it happens, police from everywhere show up. Every cop knows there is a risk in just being a cop. Beside death and physical injury, every cop runs the risk of psychological and family issues by bringing the job home with them. We haven’t lost a lot of cops in Western Massachusetts, but Gary DiNapoli, a Holyoke cop, was one I remember. He was a friend of a friend, and by all accounts, a good guy. He was killed in 1999:
DiNapoli, 52, was in plain clothes, unarmed and in an unmarked cruiser, out running an errand when he wound up volunteering to respond to a disturbance call at Walnut and Sargeant streets on the morning of Dec. 22, 1999.
DiNapoli followed one of the men involved in the disturbance who was leaving the scene on foot, police said, and, a block away at Walnut and Hampshire streets he was shot dead in his vehicle….
In what was an apparently unprovoked act, Eddie O. Morales shot 10 times at DiNapoli’s cruiser; five of the shots from the 9mm handgun struck the officer, killing him on the spot. His killer, who admitted he’d been selling drugs on the street corner, later claimed he had been “nervous” when he opened fire on DiNapoli’s cruiser.
DiNapoli was an innocent man, just doing his job. His killer is in jail. Justice was served. Freddie Gray was just a guy who ran away from eye contact with a police officer. Unfortunately, most people who die at the hands of police are never charged, never mind convicted. And in Baltimore, you have a pretty good chance of getting abused even when you’re entirely innocent. The reasons for the protests in Gray’s case and the cases we’ve seen the the last several cases isn’t that these men were killed. It’s because, when it comes to black people, justice remains to be served. When it comes to police malfeasance, justice has almost never been served. People protest to draw attention to injustice. Not death. Not crimes. We have a justice system to address murder, but it doesn’t work so well when police do something wrong.
So why does Kevin Cullen want to see protests over the death of slain NYPD Officer Brian Moore? In part because he a columnist, which, in itself, puts one foot perilously close to a trench of bullshit. He gets paid to have opinions. Insight is secondary. But Cullen’s tweet is stupid. I know he gets his street cred loving cops and writing books about Whitey Bulger, but he’s wrong here and muddying the waters. Or maybe he’s been hanging out with Sean Hannity. As Vox has it:
People can reasonably disagree on whether police officers unjustifiably kill black men at disproportionate rates, whether cops should be given less legal latitude to use deadly force, and whether the criminal justice system really does disproportionately hurt minority communities. But trying to set up false equivalencies between the murders of police officers and killings by police officers fundamentally misunderstands what the Ferguson and Baltimore protests are about — and it undermines the legitimate tragedy of Brian Moore’s death by cheapening it into a political talking point.