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The New York Post tells the appalling stories of two police who went to assist at the Capitol and were savaged by the rioters:
Officer Michael Fanone was on desk duty last Wednesday when he decided to join his fellow officers at the Capitol to control the rowdy mob, but what happened next, he says, was unimaginable.
Fanone, 40, was in a narrow hallway when the rioters dragged him out of the building and slammed him on the ground. They then stripped him of his gear, took his ammunition and his badge, he recalled in an interview with CNN.
The 20-year veteran of the force, who was also tased and beaten, remembered fearing for his life when he heard some of the rioters wanted to kill him with his own weapon.
Fellow Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges was also assaulted during the violent unrest. He was seen on video being crushed in a doorway by pro-Trump rioters inside the Capitol.
Hodges can be seen bleeding from the mouth as he cries out in pain and screams, “Help!” DC police said he was recovering well.
While I find it a provocation to assume someone in a video is actually a “pro-Trump”, the Post has had a better record than many of covering the violence this year so I’ll move on with an acknowledgment that bad guys can likely be found on both sides while I await serious evidence. Regardless, I want to see all of these rioters brought to justice and punished to the fullest extent of the law.
When I was a college student I had a friend who was in the county police force. I worked nights at a convenience store and he looked out for us, especially when things were known to be hotter than usual. Until the night he answered an alarm at a department store and, hearing the screams of the manager who was being tortured, chose to go in before his backup arrived. They ambushed him and they tortured him before they killed him.
There are no angels among Eve’s children, and I fully support policing the police and reforming the rules they live under as needed. But this utter disregard for the men who report to work every day to keep us safe, knowing that they might never come home, is a disgrace whoever expresses it. The leaders in our feral cities have made our police punching bags for the criminals that would rob us, rape us, kill us, and burn down our homes. The swine that promote this recklessness and hate in our feral cities, I am talking to you in Portland, Mayor Wheeler, and you in Seattle, Mayor Durkan, and every other feckless civic leader from New York and DC to Los Angeles and San Francisco. What about Trump, some will ask? He will be done in five days, these other maggots will still be feeding on the rotting flesh of our feral cities. Remember that as their political allies preen over their victory against the bad orange man.
A properly lead police force is critical to the peace and safety of our neighbors, our congregations, our families, our children, and ourselves. They cover your back, so cover theirs, show your support. And offer zero tolerance and fierce opposition to the corrupt, anti-police politicians and their thugs.Published in