Democrat mayors have surrendered to “domestic terrorists”
October 15, 2020 – CREDIT: Law Enforcement Today
NEW YORK, NY– Democrat mayors have surrendered to “domestic terrorists”, said Howard Safir, former New York City police commissioner and fire commissioner. The former top cop in America’s largest city is zeroing in on the problem of domestic terrorism currently raging across the country and he has a clear cut answer: Democrat leaders have ceded to looters and vandals.
Howard Safir made several remarks in an interview with SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily, with host Alex Marlow on Monday. He said:
City councils and Democrat mayors have surrendered America’s largest cities to “domestic terrorists.”
“It’s the Democratic cities who have basically ceded their cities to what got called ‘peaceful protesters’ but are really people who are vandals and looters, and in some cases, not only assault people but are murderers.”
Safir does not just talk the talk. He lived it. The 78-year-old is a law enforcement veteran of 35-years. According to Page Six, Safir led the New York City Police Department as NYPD Commissioner from 1996 to 2000.
During that time, he navigated the killing of Amadou Diallo in 1999. Officers shot the 22-year-old unarmed street peddler, sending the city into chaos.
He also oversaw the outrage that followed the 1997 arrest of Abner Louima. People accused police of torturing the security guard, and the city then also erupted into looting and racial tension.
In a July interview with Page Six, Safir said:
“When cops committed a criminal offense, I worked with the community. I called in leaders of the other side plus an equivalent number from the police department.
We worked with each other. We achieved some peaceful solution. And there was no violence. With Diallo, the cops killed an innocent man. Not intentional. A mistake. We made that clear.
There was anger and hate, but no violence. It stayed peaceful. It was either that — or be arrested.”
In other words, the man knows law enforcement and he has led a major department through turbulent times of racial unrest, rioting and looting. It is an experience-based perspective that very few have.
In his more recent interview with SiriusXM, he called attention to the events that have been unfolding in Chicago, Minneapolis and Seattle. These cities have been targeted by leftist groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
As riots erupted over the summer months, all three cities saw intense violence and grave destruction. So far, the estimated cost is hundreds of millions of dollars and rising.
“You look at Seattle, you look at Minneapolis, you look at Chicago, and places like that where basically they have given their cities to these, what I call, domestic terrorists.”
He said as news media outlets have covered the outbreaks of anarchy, they have “falsely framed” law enforcement as being naturally driven by racism. Safir told the radio program:
“The mainstream media has been pushing this false narrative that has been introduced by Antifa and Black Lives Matter that there’s a pandemic of police racism and abuse, which could not be further from the truth. They’re just putting out false information.”
The former police commissioner weighed in on the domino effect of the riots. Additionally, he commented on what happens off the streets and in the offices of the politicians who determine how much funding police departments receive.
He said the “oppressive mandates” imposed on police officers by local governments in Democrat run cities are compromising the efficiency of the police. In turn, he believes the hostility toward law enforcement and lack of support from city leaders is damaging police recruitment, chasing away potential recruits.
Safir said even the Democratic vice presidential candidate has a record of targeting police. He said:
“Kamala Harris-if you look at her record when she was the prosecutor in San Francisco-did not go after [violent] protesters or people who destroyed property. She went after the cops.”
He added that her anti-police sentiment is causing, and will continue to cause, lasting damage:
“That’s what’s happening with the messages that are being sent by mayors and governors in these Democratic states, who are more interested in protesters than they are in the good citizens.”
In a conclusive statement to his powerful interview, Safir focused on the real victims in these supposed “progressive” cities. He said this:
“If you look at what’s happened in these big cities, who are the victims of this vandalism and of this destruction and [these] assaults?
It’s the minority communities who are being very poorly served by these protesters, and if you look at homicides across the country, what about the 5,500 black Americans who have been killed by other black Americans? Those lives matter too.”
At Least 13 Shot, 1 Dead in Tenn. Grocery Store Shooting
Collierville’s police chief called the shooting at Kroger grocery store “the most horrific event that’s occurred in” the city’s history.
September 23, 2021 – By Nelson Oliveira – Source New York Daily News
A gunman shot and killed at least one person and injured at least 12 more in a shooting Thursday afternoon at a Kroger in a Memphis suburb.
The suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Collierville police chief Dale Lane told reporters at a press conference.
The chief said officers were still working Thursday afternoon to locate all the victims from the mass shooting and determine their conditions. Lane called it “the most horrific event that’s occurred in Colliverville history” and said the 12 wounded people were transported to multiple hospitals with “very serious injuries.”
Neither the shooter nor the victims have been identified.
The first shots were fired around 1:30 p.m. local time, with the first police officers reaching the scene four minutes later, according to Lane.
After the shooting stopped, cops went room to room and aisle to aisle in search of employees and shoppers who had been hiding since the bullets started flying. At least one person hid in a freezer, while another escaped to the roof, Lane said.
The shooter’s car was in the Kroger parking lot, and police were waiting Thursday afternoon for equipment to fully examine the vehicle, Lane said.
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Man Shoots Calif. Officer Before Standoff with Police
An Oakland police officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition after he was shot by a man who then barricaded himself before police convinced him to surrender.
September 22, 2021 – By Rick Hurd – Source Mercury News
A person shot an Oakland police officer early Wednesday morning and later barricaded himself before crisis negotiators were able to convince him to surrender, police said.
In a series of posts on Twitter, police said the officer was in stable condition at a hospital after being shot on Telegraph Avenue.
Police said they recovered a gun from the scene.
The suspect barricaded himself with a knife in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, police said. Negotiators and members of the Oakland Police Department’s mental health team went to the scene and convinced the suspect to surrender around 8:25 a.m., police said.
The suspect had some minor self-inflicted wounds from the knife, police said. Police later recovered the knife.
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Tennessee K-9 Shot Multiple Times During Foot Chase
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office K-9 needed surgery and was in “semi-stable” condition after being wounded by gunfire in Cleveland.
September 23, 2021 – By Ben Benton – Source Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.
Authorities in Cleveland, Tennessee, said a Bradley County Sheriff’s Office police K-9 was shot multiple times during a foot chase Wednesday morning in the woods near the Toyota of Cleveland dealership at Interstate 75’s exit 20.
Police are seeking at least four men in connection with the shooting.
The department’s K-9, Joker, had surgery Wednesday and was reported in “semi-stable” condition afterwards.
The dog has been in service with the department for the last five years and “is a cherished, loyal and devoted BCSO family member,” sheriff’s spokesperson Alana Shell said in a social media post. “Joker is truly our hero.”
Joker’s handler, deputy Eduardo Choate, was uninjured during the incident, she said.
Police received a burglary call about 2 a.m. Wednesday for Harrison Pike apartment complex, Shell said in a statement.
Officers entered the apartment complex and spotted a white Jeep Gladiator speeding onto Georgetown Road, heading toward Interstate 75, Shell said. Officers caught up to the Jeep at mile marker 25 on I-75, confirmed it was reported stolen in Hamilton County and tried to stop the vehicle.
“The suspects fled on foot into the woods around Toyota of Cleveland at Exit 20,” she said. “K-9 Joker was deployed by his handler.
“Upon making contact with the suspects, K-9 Joker was shot multiple times,” she said. “The K-9 was immediately taken to an emergency animal hospital in Chattanooga.”
While Sheriff Steve Lawson activated the department’s SWAT members and other off-duty officers to set up a perimeter in an attempt to corral the suspects, authorities were told a blue/silver 2009 4-door Lexus IS 250 with no license plate and a loud muffler had been stolen from the Withrow Road area and the suspects were headed toward Chattanooga, police said.
A witness told police the vehicle was last seen occupied by at least four men who are now considered armed and dangerous, Shell said.
“We appreciate the immediate response and wonderful collaboration between the Cleveland Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and BCSO’s SWAT Team,” Lawson said in the statement.
Chattanooga police also assisted, he said.
The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available, Shell said.
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