LAST week, thousands of police officers converged on New York City’s St Patrick’s Cathedral to pay tribute to a young colleague murdered with his partner while answering a call for help in Harlem.
Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, died four days after the shooting on January 21. Officer Jason Rivera, 22, died that evening.
Officer Mora’s sister asked at his funeral: ‘How many more police officers have to lose their lives for this system to change?’
Mora was born in the Dominican Republic, the youngest of four children. He came to the United States when he was seven years old. As a child, all he ever wanted to do was to become a police officer. For those obsessed with identity politics, Officers Mora and Rivera were both of Hispanic heritage. New York City’s Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell is an African American woman. This undermines the narrative that the NYPD and police forces in general are infected with ‘white supremacy’.
Officers Mora and Rivera attended a disturbance in Harlem in which a woman said she was having a fight with one of her sons. They were fired upon in a narrow hallway by the woman’s adult son. The gunman, Lashawn McNeil, 47, died after being shot by a third officer, rookie Sumit Sulan, as he tried to flee.
Predictably, the killer was a convicted felon who was on probation at the time. He had several previous arrests, mostly on narcotics charges.
These murders come after a year of BLM protests, riots and demands to ‘defund the police’. As a direct result of these tactics, many Democrat-held cities are seeing their crime rates rising steeply, with minority communities bearing the brunt.
Officer Mora’s sister Karina said at his funeral: ‘How many Wilberts and how many Jasons, how many more police officers, will have to lose their lives so that the system changes? New York police officers protect us, but who protects them? Legislators, crime ended the lives of two exemplary young men who only offered their best to their city. Take action. Enough is enough.’
Days earlier Officer Rivera was eulogised by his widow, Dominique, when his funeral was held at the same cathedral. She, too, decried the plague of gun violence and loose laws, directing her anger at the city and state’s leaders. Many of them were seated in the congregation as she accused them of failing to protect her husband and his partner.
Ms Rivera criticised Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a progressive Democrat who has instructed prosecutors not to pursue certain cases, including some allegations of resisting arrest. ‘The system continues to fail us,’ she said. ‘We are not safe any more. Not even the members of the service. I know you were tired of these laws, especially the ones from the new DA. I hope he’s watching you speak through me right now.’
This crime wave and deaths of police officers should be kept in mind the next time you see some idiotic millionaire footballer ‘taking the knee’. BLM and ‘taking the knee’ I believe are interlinked (others may disagree and believe taking the knee is just for racial equality) and they are putting police officers in even greater danger than normal. Many are leaving their jobs which leaves communities at the mercy of vicious criminals.
The rich folk, sportsmen for instance on either side of the Atlantic, don’t have to worry about such things as they can live safely behind security gates of their large houses. For poor and ethnic minority communities the danger is real.
The BLM-inspired war on cops together with Soros-funded ultra-liberal district attorneys who think prosecuting serious crime is optional have caused a crime wave. As Gerard Baker wrote in the Times: ‘In San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere, carbon-copy Democrats have been elected thanks in significant part to large financial contributions from left-wing groups, most notably philanthropic organisations funded by George Soros.’
In Chicago, where the crime rate is rising, they have decriminalised theft. I’m not kidding: Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx instituted a policy not to seek felony charges against retail theft unless it exceeds $1,000. Foxx also refused to prosecute gangland killings in a shoot-out on the grounds that it was ‘mutual combat’.
Crime numbers continue to climb. Chicago had 797 homicides last year, according to city police, the most of any city in the United States and the most in Chicago for a quarter of a century. More than 4,000 people were shot, about 70 per cent more than two years ago. Car jackings and robberies are on the rise as well.
Soaring crime rates and dead police officers are all a result of the on-going war on cops, fuelled by Soros-funded District Attorneys, BLM, and general cultural acceptance that cops are racist and criminals should be let out of prison (Trump policy). The encouragement of this madness through taking the knee and tearing down statues must stop. Instead of taking a knee you should be taking a stand against criminals, and politicians who enable them to terrorise their own communities.
Some people take a knee on a football pitch; others must take a knee during the funeral of a loved one murdered in cold blood.