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The folks among Black Lives Matter, radical Libertarians and “police reform activists” would have you that they don’t really want any harm to come to police officers. They simply want to prevent harm to people the police are dealing with.
They want you to believe they reject the idea that “The only good cop is dead cop.” But, the strange thing is they never quite seem to be able to say what a “good cop” is when it comes to actually dealing with dangerous people.
Earlier this week, though, Washington Post Columnist Radley Balko took to
Twitter earlier this week to give kudos to a cop for his handling of a dangerous suspect.
And, as you might expect, Balko’s good cop is, in fact, a dead cop.
Douglas County (Colorado) Deputy Sheriff Zach Parrish was slain on December 31 while trying to detain a man who was showing signs of mental illness. Video of the incident shows that he was kicking in the door to the man’s bedroom when he was felled by an intense fusillade of bullets fired through that door. Parrish, it appears, never knew what danger awaited him, but was aware of the possibilities. He died with his gun in hand, prepared to defend himself in exactly the way Balko would prefer that cops not do.
This is hardly surprising.
I wrote last year about Balko’s self-admitted ignorance of the practices and practical realities of policing. He admits he has never conducted a first-hand observation of police work. Let me repeat that: The criminal justice columnist for one of the most influential news outlets in the world had never bothered to observe police work. This didn’t stop him from writing a 400-page book about a topic on which he’s conducted no first-hand observation.
And it doesn’t stop him from criticizing the decisions that cops make to save their lives. But, he’s perfectly happy to laud them when they’re dead.
Notably, Balko had no words of praise for these deputies in Escambia, Florida who tried to use non-lethal force on a defiant, armed suspect. Note that one was only grazed, not fatally wounded.
So, Balko won’t tell you the only good cop is a dead cop. It’s just that those are the only ones he’ll tell you did good.