Following the recent attacks on police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas, among other places, there has been a revival in the hateful anti-cop rhetoric frequently stated by members of the Black Lives Matter movement.
One of those who has cast his eye on the murderous results some attribute to the repeated demands for “dead cops” by some BLM supporters is Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has called for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to open a federal investigation into the group, says Politico.
Appearing on CNN while at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Patrick echoed the call of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who stated that his own administration would look closely at the group, should he be elected to the presidency.
“If you are walking down the street saying what do we want, we want to kill cops now, the president has to speak out against that and the president needs to stop inviting people to the White House who say they want to kill cops,” Patrick said, referring to an oft-heard chant at some protests and President Barack Obama’s personal meetings with purported leaders of the BLM movement.
Patrick also had criticism for Obama regarding his seemingly divided stance between supporting police and the protesters, noting his recent refusal to illuminate the White House in blue lights to honor the fallen officers.
“Lights don’t fix it, but it sends a message to the police that I’m with you. There are some symbolic things. Today is my 41st wedding anniversary. I sent flowers to my wife. It is symbolic,” Patrick explained. “There are certain things you do to express your faith, your support, your love.”
“But secondly, the president needs to quit indicting policemen on video before he has the facts and he needs to stop the hateful rhetoric in the street,” he added. “Donald Trump will do all those things.”
While we respect and support the right of protesters to gather together and speak freely as protected by the First Amendment, we do not support hateful speech that leads to criminal actions by others.
Of course, there is a fine line to tread there, as one man’s “hate speech” is another man’s impassioned argument, and we aren’t particularly fond of the government being in charge of deciding how to classify such things.
That said, if someone calls for cops to be murdered, and then cops are actually murdered, it is worth taking at from a law enforcement perspective.
Do you think that the attorney general should investigate the Black Lives Matter movement for inciting crimes against police?