Fake hero cop proves White lies matter

GEORGE E. CURRY | 11/16/2015, 8:20 a.m.
Writing under the headline, Police lives matter too, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass summed up the sentiment – and mass ...
George Curry

(George Curry Media) – Writing under the headline, Police lives matter too, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass summed up the sentiment – and mass hysteria – surrounding the supposed Sept. 1 murder of a policeman in a bedroom community 50 miles north of Chicago:

The killing of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz had nothing to do with our hashtag politics about which lives matter.

Gliniewicz, whose body was found in a marshy area near Fox Lake, was just a cop who’d been doing his job.

And he was killed for it, left stripped of his gear.

We have since learned that it was all a hoax or, as the chief investigator put it, “a carefully staged suicide” by the man known as G.I. Joe as he was about to be exposed as a thief who had been stealing funds intended to mentor young people interested in becoming police officers to pay his mortgage, a gym membership, travel and a pornographic website.

Kass’ assertion notwithstanding, it was about hashtag politics – it was about denouncing the Black Lives Matter Movement and anyone else interested in holding police accountable for killing unarmed citizens.

Even though the number of cops losing their lives in the line of duty by firearms is down this year, cops and conservatives have sought to project a different picture in the aftermath of the Aug. 28 murder of Harris County, Texas, Deputy Sheriff Darren H. Goforth, who was repeatedly shot in the back of the head at a service station in Cypress, Texas, a Houston suburb.

At an Aug. 30 news conference, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said, “We’ve heard Black lives matter, all lives matter. Well, cops’ lives matter, too. So, how about we drop the qualifier and just say lives matter?”

Just days later, more than 1,000 miles away, the death of Gliniewicz in Illinois brought about increased attacks on the Black Lives Matter Movement and President Obama.

Now we know that Gliniewicz was lying when he radioed in that he was in pursuit of three suspects – an African American and two Whites – after he was supposedly shot by them. The resulting manhunt cost more than $300,000.

Though Obama had strongly denounced attacks on police, his critics pretended he had never said a word. Media Matters, the watchdog group, noted in a headline: “Fox Figures Demand Obama Make Remarks Condemning Violence Against Police Days After He Did Just That.”

O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters said, “There is a war on cops in this country. It’s funny, the liberals care more when a lion is killed as opposed to a cop … I think Democrats have created a monster in this Black Lives Matter situation.”

Sean Hannity of Fox said: “The president spoke out in the Trayvon Martin case. Spoke out in the Cambridge police case. Spoke out in the Michael Brown case. Mr. constitutional attorney spoke out without evidence presented in all three of those cases and was wrong in all three. My question is, why, after these incidents of assassinations of cops, why doesn’t he speak out publicly about that and take a strong stand?”