Justice: Led by the Senate chaplain, of all people, congressional staffers fan the flames of racial division by doing something that Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, never did before he assaulted officer Darren Wilson.
There they were, raising their hands in a gesture that black witnesses testifying before a grand jury said Michael Brown never made as he charged Wilson "like a football player" and after he punched Wilson and struggled for the cop's firearm.
There was Senate chaplain Barry Black, standing in front of 210 staffers and a few congressmen, saying, "Forgive us when we have failed to lift our voices for those who can't speak or breathe for themselves."
That was a thinly veiled reference to what Garner reportedly said as he struggled with police officers led by a black female sergeant, all unaware of his medical issues, in New York.
The fact is, if neither Garner nor Brown had resisted arrest, both would be alive today.
No longer able to speak or breathe for themselves are the 1,501 police officers that the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports have died in the line of duty in the past 10 years, an average of one every 58 hours. Over that decade, on average, have been 58,261 assaults against police officers every year, resulting in 15,658 injuries annually caused by criminal assailants who, like Brown, never put their hands up.
One of those cops was Daryl Pierson, 32, of Rochester, N.Y., who was killed by Thomas Johnson III, wanted for a parole violation, as he fled from one of those routine traffic stops the likes of Al Sharpton cite as racial profiling and "driving while black."
President Obama once famously said that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. It is not known if he is willing to make the same claim about Johnson.
"These congressional staffers put in incredibly long hours, nights and weekends, to pass legislation to help people lead better lives, so I fully support them," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who said the protest was to show how "incredibly frustrated" they are by the Brown and Garner deaths and the "mistrust" these and other protesters have in the criminal justice system.
Would that be the same criminal justice system that put Thomas Johnson III back on the streets?
Cops of all colors also put in incredibly long hours, nights and weekends protecting those people striving to lead better lives. Instead of thanks, they get lectures on profiling and racial sensitivity from grandstanding politicians and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Waynesboro, Va., is not Ferguson, Mo., and 45-year-old reserve police officer Kevin Quick is not Michael Brown.
According to police, Quick was set upon by three siblings and a fourth man, and was carjacked, kidnapped and taken from bank to bank to withdraw money using his own debit card at gunpoint before being shot to death.
Holder has taken the death penalty off the table in this case, and the four defendants will instead face the possibility of life without parole, lest they unfairly face the ultimate penalty from a mistrusted criminal justice system. Kevin Quick's death penalty cannot be revoked, a risk every cop faces every day.
When a cop dies, there are no riots or protests. Just another cop funeral.
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