Passive Lack of Response To Agitators Sets Up A Major Confrontation In Cleveland
It wasn’t long ago, in the spring of 2014, when Albuquerque was the site of a series of shootings of unarmed civilians by police from different agencies. Those incidents led to riots, the takeover of city hall by citizens and corrective action being taken to further restrain the Albuquerque Police Department. It’s possible that a hangover of sorts was a factor, a reluctance to revisit what was a volatile period in the city’s history.
That could explain part of the motivation behind a failure on the part of local law enforcement to respond aggressively to the Tuesday riots. Once again miscreants have descended upon Trump rallies, both in Albuquerque and Anaheim, CA, to disrupt the political process and label improperly label and malign their political opponent. Several police officers were injured by the thug agitators but only one arrest was made. Sheriff David Clarke and Bo Dietl are asked for an assessment of what went wrong.
Donald Trump issued a tweet afterwards stating, “The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals.”
Sheriff Clarke clarifies once again the wrong terminology is being used to describe the perpetrators in these instances. He says, “Look, these are riot starters, okay, these people. They are criminal anarchists and the only thing that they understand is force.”
He continues, “I’m bothered that the officers in these situations are taking on casualties but very few casualties on the other side. These officers are under assault. Once the first officer is injured, once the rocks and bottles start flying, these officers need to be allowed to take the gloves off and to take an offensive posture and become the aggressor in delivering force to first of all protect life and property and also defend themselves. And those two things are not mutually exclusive; they can both happen at the same time.
He says the “bend but don’t break” strategy didn’t work during the sixties, that it resulted in officers and citizens being injured and killed. He also has seen enough of the police equipment, particularly the squad cars left unattended on the perimeter, being allowed to be destroyed.
Bo Dietl notes that arrests need to being made it should have started back in Ferguson and Baltimore. Sheriff Clarke agrees that the fault lies in the plan, a polite word for saying police leadership, not with the officers on the scene who were told to be unresponsive targets.
Both law enforcement professionals agree that the shackles should not have remained on the officers and blame political considerations or incompetence as the only possible explanation for why that didn’t happen.
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