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Prosecutors Say LAPD Officers Were Not Targeted & Ambushed

Los Angeles Police Department officers were not ambushed last weekend and were, instead, fired upon when they approached a “gang attack on rivals,” city prosecutors said.

The Guardian reported that an incident that occurred during the previous weekend was “not a targeted ambush on police.” The prosecutors have stated two individuals “opened fire on rival gang members in a car, which sped away just as the LAPD car drove up.”

Initially, police had described the shooting as “premeditated.”

LAPD Captain Lillian Carranza told a local news affiliate immediately after the incident, “This was a completely unprovoked attack.” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck also suggested, “The officers believed that they were the object of an attack and returned fire.”

As in New York after two NYPD officers were murdered, officials sought to address this incident as if it were in some way inspired by “anti-police sentiment and protests” since police officers killed Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Ezell Ford. Yet, there is no larger and more disturbing trend in society, where citizens in the “Black Lives Matter” movement are turning to violence.

In fact, a report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund [PDF] shows that “law enforcement fatalities” have actually decreased by about fifty percent since 1999. There were 126 officers who “died in the line of duty” in 2014. Compare that with the more than 1,000 people, who were killed by police officers during the year.

Police departments do not want to confront institutional racism and deal with the systemic problem of their own officers killing hundreds of black and brown suspects each year.

Faced with a movement that has created an effective conversation about reform, they are panicking. Patrick Lynch of the NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has set an example for police throughout America by encouraging tantrums against politicians who have been modestly critical of police.

Police union heads and department chiefs are fueling a lynch mob mentality among Americans that activism is making lawlessness acceptable. They are pushing the fear of anarchy arising out of a movement for justice. And the propaganda is that a line can be drawn from outrage at police brutality to a rise in ambush-style attacks on cops.

Unfortunately, local and national news organizations in the US republish this propaganda without question and even embellish it to fit a narrative that so-called blue lives, not black lives, are the lives that should be afraid.

Creative Commons-Licensed Photo from Anthony Citrano 

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."