Is this the reason for all of the cop killings in the country?
“We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police.”
— Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, FOX News Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Giuliani made headlines after his statement on Fox News, which he repeated the next day on CNN. His remarks were unusually sharp-edged, but he was not alone in making them; a handful of other current and former lawmakers took to the airwaves to denounce the “anti-cop rhetoric” that they said has spread after the fatal shooting of a teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in August.
That rhetoric, Giuliani and others said, led to the assassination-style killings of two New York Police Department officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Dec. 20.
This is so sad that people who protect us every day is killed by a coward. This coward named shot this office in the back and even after he fell to the ground this coward continued to shot the office as he laid on the ground. He never had a chance.
Capital murder charges were filed in deputy’s death against accused killer Shannon J. Miles. He was caught after reviewing the video tapes from the gas station.
This undated photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff Office shows sheriff deputy Darren Goforth who was fatally shot Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Goforth, was pumping gas into his vehicle when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press.
A 30-year-old Cypress man has been charged with capital murder in the Friday killing of a 47-year-old Harris County Sheriff’s deputy who had stopped at a gas station he frequented in northwest Harris County.
Shannon J. Miles, who has been arrested at least six other times, twice for using force against an officer, is accused of gunning down Deputy Darren Goforth at a Chevron station at Telge and West.
The deputy was shot multiple times even after he had fallen to the ground.
“In my 45 years in law enforcement, I can’t recall another incident so cold-blooded and cowardly,” said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman.
Surveillance footage captured images of a dark-skinned man, believed to be between 20 and 25, wearing a white shirt and red shorts and who fled in a red Ford Ranger.
They identified a “person of interest” but did not make the arrest until hours later. They spent much of the day at the Cypress area home where Miles lived with his mom and brother. The vehicle was parked outside the two-story brick home just half a mile from the Chevron station.
A young man who identified himself Miles’ brother said he and his family were still waiting for answers. The man, who lives at the house at Pine Falls and Lake Crystal Drive with his brother and mother, said police just burst in.
The man said his brother got off work, then went briefly to the store with his mother. He could not provide details because his mother ordered him to stop talking to a reporter.
The neighborhood, tucked off West Road near Telge, is normally quiet, said Frank Chilton, 61, who lives about three blocks from the house police cordoned off. “You’ll have the usual nonsense, but nothing to be too concerned about,” Chilton said. “This is bizarre. Really out of left field.”
Neighbors described Miles as calm and friendly. Many were concerned about his welfare, saying they believed he had some sort of learning disability.
Online court records reveal a lengthy criminal past.
Miles’ first reported arrest came in February 2005 for failing to identify and giving false information to police officers. He would be arrested six more times between the first arrest and 2009.
In July 2005 he was arrested by Harris County SO for criminal mischief greater than or equal to $1,500. On Oct. 2. 2005, he was arrested again by Harris County and held for eight days for resisting “arrest, search or transport.”
In 2006 he was arrested for “discharging or displaying” a firearm. Plead guilty and was held for 10 days. On May 3, 2007, Jersey Village PD arrested Miles for evading arrest. Nine days later he was arrested again for criminal trespassing by Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
On Jan. 29, 2009, Miles was arrested for preventing or obstructing officers duties by using force against the officer.
Residents of the neighborhood where he lived showed an outpouring of support to the dozen police surrounding the home and conducting a search. They brought bottled water to the officers, and offered their support and homes, if need be.
Those in law enforcement worry this could be the latest in a rash of racially-charged retaliatory shootings.
“We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter, well cops lives matter too, so why don’t we just drop the qualifiers and just say lives matter and take that to the bank,” Hickman said.
Deray McKesson, a leader of the Black Lives Matters movement, responded to Hickman’s criticisms by saying: “I grieve for the victims of violence. It is unfortunate that Sheriff Hickman has chosen to politicize this tragedy and to attribute the officer’s death to a movement that seeks to end violence.”
Bob Goerlitz, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, said, recounted how protesters at a recent event in Waller County were yelling “shoot the pig.”
“It’s scary as hell. They’re shooting just because you’re wearing a uniform,” he said.
Goforth was stationed in District V in northwest Harris County. He had a wife and two children, a 12-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.
“Give yourself up. That’s what I have to say,” Gilliland said. “I can tell you with diligence and justice the suspect will be caught. And he will be brought to justice.”
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said he was informed of the slaying Friday night and had spoken with Hickman.
Without having known all the details, Emmett said, “It’s tragic, these are the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day. This is a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers they face to protect us. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
The shooting left deputies and local law enforcement reeling, and comes a week after a Harris County jailer died during a confrontation with an inmate at the jail. And next week the trial begins for the allegedly intoxicated driver who smashed into the car Deputy Jesse Valdez was driving on his way to a welfare check.
“It is time for silent majority in this country to support law enforcement,” Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. “What happened last night is an assault on the very fabric of society. It is not anything we can tolerate.”
The last time a Harris County sheriff’s deputy was intentionally shot to death in the line of duty was Deputy Joseph Norman Dennis in May 2001.
“We’ve been warned of things like this because of public sentiment nationally and events over the last few years,” Goerlitz said. “It’s just horrific. That’s the only way to describe it.”
Goerlitz described the slain deputy as an “easygoing guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
He said he’d met Goforth a few years after he joined the department and was one of Goforth’s instructors during his patrol training.
Donald Jones, a former Harris County sheriff’s deputy, also helped train Goforth.
“You always worry about the guys you turn loose on the street. I did not have that worry. Deputy Goforth was one of the guys I trained well,” Jones said.
He was a hard worker and a compassionate deputy. “He wasn’t hard-nosed or straight-lined. He understood people. He talked well of others,” he said.
The news of his death was “gut wrenching,” said Jones, now a paramedic. “I was nauseous and it cut me to the bone.”
It would be easier to digest if the deputy had died while directly engaged with a suspect or at an incident scene.
“The guy who killed him was a coward. He was executed in cold blood or he would have never had a chance.
He added: “Something is going on in this county. It seems like everyone’s out for cops. … Cops don’t deserve this at all,” Jones said.
The flag flew at half-mast at the substation off Tomball Parkway where Goforth worked the 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. shift.
Sgt. J.A. Lightfoot remembered his colleague as a good guy and dependable deputy who got along well with everyone.
While the 100 or do deputies at the substation returned to work Saturday, many are nervous.
“It’s not a good scenario for any of us, but we will persevere” he said. “It’s hit everybody pretty hard.”
Gov. Gregg Abbott issued a statement Saturday saying that “heinous and deliberate crimes against law enforcement will not be tolerated in the State of Texas.”
“Texas reveres the men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve their communities,” he said. “Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to Deputy Goforth’s family and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office during this difficult time. I know local law enforcement will work tirelessly to apprehend the killer and ensure justice for Deputy Goforth is served.”
Flowers began showing up in front of pump 8 at the Chevron — where Goforth was murdered– about 7 a.m., said Brian McCullar, a retired deputy collecting money for the family. By midday, the memorial had grown to dozens of flowers and balloons. Handmade signs offered condolences and Bible verses.
“It’s painful, but a blessing to see this many people care,” said Shirley Tate, 70, who dropped by to leave cash for the family. “There’s no making sense of why someone would do this. Just hate.”
Right-Wing Media Hide Obama And De Blasio Statements To Blame Them For Violence Against Police
Research December 21, 2014 5:46 PM EST ››› CRAIG HARRINGTON & JESSICA TORRES
Conservative media figures hid statements from President Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio condemning violent protests. Instead, they misleadingly suggested the politicians were to blame for December 20 murder of two New York City police officers by a gunman, who was reportedly retaliating against the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police.
Two NYPD Officers “Assassinated” In Apparent Act Of Revenge
Two Police Officers “Assassinated” By Gunman “Angered About The Eric Garner And Michael Brown Cases.” According to The New York Times, NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed on December 20 while on duty. The reported assailant, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, killed himself before being taken into custody, but had previously “made statements on social media suggesting that he planned to kill police officers and was angered about the Eric Garner and Michael Brown case.” Both Brown and Garner were killed by police officers, and their deaths have sparked protests around the United States. New York police commissioner Bill Bratton stated that the officers had been “quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform.” [The New York Times, 12/20/14]
Right-Wing Media Suggest Obama And De Blasio Inspired Anti-Police Hatred And Violence Leading To Murder Of Two NYPD Officers
Former Mayor Giuliani: “We’ve Had Four Months Of Propaganda Starting With The President That Everybody Should Hate The Police.” On the December 21 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends Sunday, former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani said that it “goes too far to blame the Mayor or to ask for the Mayor’s resignation” over the shooting of the officers, but nevertheless claimed that “four months of propaganda starting with the president” encouraged the anti-police sentiments that were behind the shooting and the New York City protests that took place several days before:
GIULIANI: We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police. I don’t care how you want to describe it, that’s what those protests are all about. The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged, the protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, and a lot of them lead to violence, all lead to a conclusion: the police are bad, the police are racists. That is completely wrong. Actually the people who do the most for the Black community in America are the police. [Fox News, Fox & Friends Sunday, 12/21/14]
Former Mayor Giuliani Attributes President Obama And Eric Holder’s “Misinformation” And “Lying” To “Anti-Police Hatred” In New York City. During the December 21 edition of Fox & Friends Sunday, Giuliani accused President Obama and Eric Holder of spreading “misinformation” and “lying” to stoke “anti-police hatred.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends Sunday, 12/21/14]
Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson: President Obama And Mayor De Blasio “All But Encouraged Retaliation On The Police After The Eric Garner Situation.” Fox News contributor Erick Erickson claimed that “Neither side should blame the other” for the deaths of the police officers, but wrote that Obama, Holder, and de Blasio’s “repeated anti-police rhetoric … all but encouraged retaliation on the police” and were transforming America with a “war on police”:
Now, in New York City, a man has gunned down two police officers. He did so after repeated anti-police rhetoric from the President, Eric Holder, and New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio who, himself, all but encouraged retaliation on the police after the Eric Garner situation.
President Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. We just didn’t expect that transformation to involve a war on police. [ErickOnTheRadio.com, 12/21/14]
National Review Online: Murder Suspect “Was Clearly Animated By The Racially-Charged, Rabidly Anti-Police Atmosphere” President Obama And Others “Promoted.” A December 21 post by National Review Online contributor Andrew McCarthy suggested President Obama and “like-minded radicals” were in part to blame for the murder of the two NYPD officers, claiming their rhetoric signals “that savage acts against police and others are likely to be rationalized and tolerated”:
Obama and his attorney general have joined the administration at the hip with notorious demagogue Al Sharpton. Together with like-minded radicals like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, they promote a lethally dangerous smear that police lack human regard for the lives of black Americans.
This has not only divided our society — and Obama, like Sharpton, divides us out of the most shameful of political calculations. It has further signaled to a violent fringe Obama well knows is out there that savage acts against police and others are likely to be rationalized and tolerated — and, indeed, that violent acts short of murder will be ignored or sugar-coated as “peaceful protest.”
And now, two police officers have been murdered because they were sitting in their squad car wearing their uniforms — by a violent criminal who was clearly animated by the racially-charged, rabidly anti-police atmosphere Obama, Sharpton & Co. have promoted. [National Review Online, 12/21/14]
President Obama And Mayor De Blasio Both Condemned Violence Against Police Before The NYPD Murders
De Blasio: Protest Organizers “Must Denounce Violence … You Cannot Talk About Social Change And Then Commit An Act Of Violence Against A Police Officer.” On December 17, Mayor de Blasio stated that protesters “absolutely… must denounce violence” if they hope to achieve progress in police-community relations. His statements strongly condemning violence against police were made in response to reports that two NYPD officers had been injured days before as thousands of protesters clogged the Brooklyn Bridge:
DE BLASIO: You cannot talk about social change and then commit an act of violence against a police officer. It makes no sense. It denigrates the cause. It undermines the legitimacy. It’s illegal, it’s wrong, it’s immoral. [Capital New York, 12/17/14]
De Blasio: “We Cannot Accept Violence Against Our Police Officers.” During a December 19 press conference after a meeting with community activist group Justice League NYC, New York mayor Bill de Blasio stressed the importance of peaceful organization “to bring [the] police and [the] community together” in the wake of several isolated acts of violence against police during city-wide demonstrations the weekend prior:
DE BLASIO: This is what our democracy respects. This is what our democracy allows for, is people to make their voices heard peacefully, in an organized way – and that’s what this group and others have been doing. I made very clear that we cannot accept any violence against our police officers or against anyone. And they were very quick to affirm that they were appalled equally by the events on Saturday night. They find it unacceptable and they will work with the police to identify anyone who seeks to harm the police or harm anyone and undermine their non-violent peaceful progressive movement. [Office of the Mayor, 12/19/14 emphasis added]
President Obama’s Response To Nov. 24 Michael Brown Grand Jury Decision: “There’s Never An Excuse For Violence.” During a November 24 press conference called in response to a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer responsible for the death of Michael Brown, President Obama acknowledged that minority communities do face real problems with law enforcement, but made clear that “there’s never an excuse for violence”:
OBAMA: I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur. Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law. As they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence
Those of you who are watching tonight understand that there’s never an excuse for violence, particularly when there are a lot of people in goodwill out there who are willing to work on these issues. [White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 11/24/14]
President Obama Condemned Violence That Followed Grand Jury Decision. On November 25, President Obama condemned “criminal” violence that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. The president condemned “burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property” and “putting people at risk” as inexcusable “criminal acts.” [Agence-France Presse, 11/25/14]
My suggestion is due to the conditions on the ground that patrols be made in the air by drone. Until we have a new leader, nothing is going to change because there is no law and order with this corrupt administration.