On Sunday, hundreds of people packed a Christian church in Ferguson, Missouri, during a rally demanding justice for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot dead by a police officer. Many Americans were surprised -- many also shocked -- that the Missouri Highway Patrol's Captain Ron Johnson appeared to take sides in the controversy as he joined the ranks of President Barack Obama and too many members of the news media.
Unfortunately, when police officers are killed, most of the media provide scant coverage of those incidents and Obama says nothing about brave men and women who protect and serve even the worst elements of the society. I fact, just recently a Border Patrol agent was murdered by illegal aliens who were allowed to enter the U.S. and remain thanks to the Obama administration's immigration snafus, according to former police Lieutenant Steven Rogers.
On August 4, Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega took some time off from his duties of trying to stop an onslaught of illegal aliens who were practically invited to break U.S. law by a cynical -- and arguably lawless -- President Barack Obama.
According to the National Border Patrol Council, Agent Vega was in his personal vehicle with his family preparing to enjoy their vacation when two suspects -- later discovered to be illegal aliens from Mexico --began to rob him and his family at gunpoint. Agent Vega fought back to protect his terrified family and while trying to fend off the criminal aliens, his father was wounded by a gunshot to his leg and Agent Vega was shot to death.
According to police officers who were present, hundreds of law enforcement officers attended Javier Vega’s funeral mass. There were state police vehicles, local police cars and SUV’s from Javier’s colleagues in the Border Patrol all crammed into the parking lot. However, President Barack Obama did not attend nor did he even mention the killing of a brave cop. He failed to even send a representative from the White House. And except for a few members of the local news media, there was no saturation of coverage in the national media.
In the United States, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 57 hours, according to officials at the American Federation of Police, whose headquarters in located in Titusville, Fla., close to Orlando. Many of those killings were victims of gunfire while they've also been killed by motor vehicles, knives, blunt objects and even bare hands.
In July, the month prior to the August 9 police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, four American police officers, in addition to Agent Vega, were shot to death. They all had families.
According to a former police captain now an author and columnist, Marshall Frank those police killings occurred with very little if any national attention:
- July 30th. Officer Scott Patrick, age 47, Mendota Heights P.D., Minnesota. Shot in the head and killed by a fugitive during a routine traffic stop. He’s survived by a wife and two teenage daughters. Killed because he was a cop. The suspect was a white male.
- July 13th. Detective Melvin Santiago, 23, Jersey City P.D., New Jersey. Ambushed when responding to a robbery call. Killed because he was a cop. Suspect is a black male who was killed on the scene. The suspect’s wife said that more cops should have been killed.
- July 6th. Officer Jeffery Westerfield, 47, Gary Police Department, Indiana. Responded to a domestic disturbance call. He was ambushed, shot in his patrol car as he arrived. Killed on his 47th birthday, he leaves behind four daughters. Another loyal, America officer… killed for being a cop. Suspect was a black male.
- July 5th. Officer Perry Renn, 51, Indianapolis P.D., Indiana. Answered a call about shots being fired in the area. Shot as he arrived. Officer Renn was also an U.S. Army veteran. Killed because he was a cop. Suspect was a black male.
"Was there news media outrage? Why aren’t the friends, families and outraged citizens of those communities in the streets burning, demonstrating, looting and threatening? When a black kills a white police officer, is that a hate crime? Does it become a racially-motivated media cause célèbre? Not these days," said former police lieutenant and U.S. Marine Timothy Burrenger.
"At least 120 to 180 officers a year are killed in the line of duty each year, according to FBI statistics. In 2014, the death toll is on track toward 130 dead officers. Half of those have been killed by gunfire. Most of those are killed because they are a cop. Why don’t we label that bigotry? Hate crime?" asks former Miami-Dade police veteran Frank Marshall.