We’re Inching Ever Closer To Where Mr. O Wants To Take Us

With thanks to Drudge for the link, there’s a story up today at fusion.net which portends what lies ahead for us in the way of civil unrest and rioting.  And it’s getting much uglier.  Yesterday, during a telephone conversation, a very close friend expressed some frustration that uniformed officers of the Baltimore Police stood around and watched rioters and vandals destroy property, rob people and assault others, purportedly in protest over the in-custody death of Freddie Gray.  I wrote about the half-baked reporting we’ve received from the American Press Corps about what really started the Gray incident, here.

Today’s fusion.net report and commentary were put together by Daniel Rivero.  Incredibly:

Sometimes a protest is just a riot camouflaged in self-righteousness. It might not start that way, and the actors might not think that it is. But nonetheless, sometimes it is.

A few miles from my apartment, the Miami neighborhood Liberty City has yet to shake the aftereffects of the 1980 riots that sprang from the acquittal of four officers in the killing of a black man. In California, neighborhoods and property values remain scarred from the Watts Riots in 1965 and the Rodney King Riots in 1992. More recently in Ferguson, Mo., the long-term consequences of a few nights of looting and burning are starting to be felt by residents and property owners.

So it makes sense, in a way, that facing a weekend of protests against the mysterious police-related death of resident Freddie Gray, that Baltimore authorities would be on edge.

What no one expected is what Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake admitted in a press conference on Sunday: that she asked the Baltimore Police Department to “give those who wished to destroy space to do that.”

Read the entire report.  I doubt very seriously that Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s stand down communique to the police chief was framed as a “request”.

So, if this becomes a trend among America’s mayors, to give stand-down orders to their cops when violent protests (read that: race riots) break out over police actions which result in the deaths of men of color, how long can it be until we reach a state of total breakdown of civil order?  I posed a rather similar scenario in my fictional sequel to A Summons To Perdition, in which the nation’s cops are nationalized and given a long vacation as our country descends into violent chaos and a bloody civil war.

I could not, and will not, in honesty tell you that Barack Obama has made a serious effort to calm racial emotions among our African American population.  He has in a very sophisticated and clever way said things which are designed to actually do the opposite, and divide us bitterly by the color of our skin.

Read my book A Summons To Perdition:  Book 2 for a terrifying look at where we go given the national police stand-down.  I really hope I’m wrong in my work of fiction.  But what mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake did in having the police as spectators while her city underwent some massive demolition and renovation via anarchy is one step closer to where I believe Mr. Obama has been deliberately steering us for a long time.


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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