On his first day in office Friday, the White House website changed completely. A new section called “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community” now appears and they have no quarter for violent looters.
“Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter,” it states. “Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.”
Thus support for “law and order” also extends to upholding Americans’ Second Amendment right “at every level of our judicial system.”
“It is the first duty of government to keep the innocent safe, and President Donald Trump will fight for the safety of every American, and especially those Americans who have not known safe neighborhoods for a very long time.”
While crime has dropped considerably in the last 25 years, there has been a spike – especially in the biggest cities – in the last year or two. Protests from groups like Black Lives Matter over the shooting of mostly black men have been at the root of most of the protests.
Under Barack Obama, police were aggressively investigated with systemic reviews of entire departments to address “the root cause of conflict between law enforcement and residents,” The Washington Post reports.
This will likely change as the focus and critical eye turns from law enforcement onto the violent thugs, looters and rioters themselves.
One early test of this new direction could come with the case of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old New Yorker who died after a confrontation by a NYPD officer. Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch authorized prosecutors to move forward in the case – meaning that officers could be charged – but her authorization came too late to produce an indictment.
Incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions has the ability to end the case with the stroke of a pen.
Preserving Americans’ First Amendment rights peaceably assemble and petition the government for a “redress of grievances” doesn’t have to come with violence and mayhem.
The anarchists and violent socialists who infiltrate well-meaning and peaceful protests should be rooted out and prosecuted.
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