Anti-Cop Rhetoric Has Deadly Consequences

POLIZETTE — Once again police officers have been ambushed — this time the venue is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Seven officers were shot, three of them fatally.

It must be presumed that this attack was premeditated.

This comes on the heels of the shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas, in which 11 police officers were shot; five died.

It is too early to know for sure, but this attack bears all the markings of a lethal cop-targeted ambush inspired by anti-police rhetoric and sentiment.

Over the course of the last several months, Black Lives Matter demonstrators have marched in cities around the United States calling for the killing of police officers. Traditionally, in describing our First Amendment, it is said that freedom of speech does not include yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater when there is no fire. Yet nothing was done in those cities where those demonstrators called for the killing of police officers.

Words have impact and, in fact, inciting to riot is a violation of law.

Here are the elements of this felony under federal law:

Title 18 U.S. Code § 2101 — Riots begins with the following:

    “Whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses any facility of interstate or foreign commerce, including, but not limited to, the mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, or television, with intent —

    1. to incite a riot; or
    2. to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; or
    3. to commit any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; or
    4. to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; and who either during the course of any such travel or use or thereafter performs or attempts to perform any other overt act for any purpose specified in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D) of this paragraph— [1]

    Shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

But where are the fines for the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement who have organized riots, and stoked violence against police? Where is the condemnation of liberal politicians like Hillary Clinton who have cheered them on? Where is the prison time for the scores of people who took to Twitter in the aftermath of Dallas to celebrate the tragic loss of five officers and call for even more killing — now manifest in Baton Rouge?

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