Who didn't see this one coming? I guess Bill O'Reilly didn't want to be outdone in the race baiting department by his fellow hosts on Faux "news" following the incident in McKinney, Tx. where an out of control cop terrorized a bunch of black teens at a pool party.
Pity the poor police officers who are being demonized by that mythical, so-called "liberal" media.
O'Reilly claims he's not making excuses for the cop's behavior, and then spends the better part of his Talking Points Memo this Tuesday doing exactly that: The War on Cops:
It was inevitable. Whenever you have a media frenzy, things are going to get dicey for those under scrutiny.
Racially charged shootings all over America have received enormous coverage on television, with certain liberal cable news programs hammering American police agencies over and over again.
Rioting and looting are big stories, and all the carnage is now filtering down to young Americans, influencing how some of them interact with the police.
Case in point.
Last Friday evening, a troubling event took place in a suburb of Dallas, Texas.
About 130 teenagers, most of them black, showed up to a pool party, overwhelming the security which was in place at the party.
About 7:00 p.m., the McKinney Police Department was called, citing a disturbance.
Additional calls came in saying there was fighting and general chaos.
Police officers quickly arrived and began trying to impose order on the scene.
But that did not turn out very well.
After the fracas, one McKinney Police Officer, Corporal David Casebolt, was suspended. He drew his gun and threw a young girl to the ground.
One adult male was arrested on charges of interfering with the police.
Nobody was seriously hurt.
But video of the incident has now gone worldwide, again casting a shadow over American policing.
Some people believe that cops in general are oppressors, especially towards people of color.
The 15-year-old who took this video you are watching seems to be one of them.
BRANDON BROOKS, VIDEO RECORDED MCKINNEY, TX INCIDENT: “I was scared that someone was going to get shot and possibly killed ((EDIT)) I was like one of the few Caucasian people at the party, so I think it might have had something to do with racism.”
But other witnesses saw it differently and are criticizing those who are condemning the police.
BRAD TAYLOR, WITNESSED MCKINNEY, TX INCIDENT: “They didn't see the kids running all over the place, not complying with the officers. They didn't see them cussing the police officers, becoming unruly to them.”
BENET EMBRY, WITNESSED MCKINNEY, TX INCIDENT: “What I did see before the cameras or the video started going is the teens jumping over the fence after security were telling them they can't come in to swim, not because they were black. It's because they didn't live in the community itself.”
The truth is that some of the kids involved in the pool party obviously did not comply with police commands.
They did not hit the ground.
They did not stop arguing with the officers.
Now that does not justify brutal behavior, and Talking Points is not going to try this case on television.
But it's clear that there is a growing disrespect for police officers in some American neighborhoods, and that attitude is going to lead to violence.
If citizens do not obey the police, then law and order completely break down.
The authorities have the power to compel you, the private citizen, to act in a certain manner.
If the cops are wrong, that should be taken up later.
But with television news demonizing police officers, the law enforcement contract is starting to break down.
Talking Points sees big trouble on the horizon, trouble that is being fueled by a hysterical media.
Anti-police zealots are given wide latitude to spew their hatred and irresponsible ravings.
That kind of rhetoric sinks in.
Finally, and this is my opinion, only the McKinney police officer who was suspended should not have drawn his firearm.
He was not in any danger and neither was any civilian.
He simply overreacted and in doing so made this an international story.
But cops are human too, and in the heat of battle, bad things happen.
Every decent person should understand that.
And that's the memo.