A St. Louis Metro Officer was shot in the chest yesterday morning (7/14/15) in the Central West End while sitting in uniform in his personal car. Fortunately, he was wearing his ballistic vest which worked as advertised. He was transported to the hospital but is apparently going to be just fine. The officer managed to return fire through the windshield so it’s unclear from the cover picture which shots came from the officer and which came from the assassin. Afterward, the shooter fled in what was described as a gray ford Taurus along with three additional people.
Sometime later, a gunshot victim who apparently drove a similar car checked himself into the hospital claiming to have been shot in the city around the time of the earlier incident. It hasn’t been confirmed that this person is or is not formally a suspect, but it is rumored that the other individuals from the car have all been taken into custody in the interim.
The story is crazy enough as is, but not to be outdone, the Ferguson Twitter Brigade couldn’t leave well enough alone and took advantage of another opportunity to prove just how classless they are.
Specifically, before the scene had even been fully processed, an individual going by the Twitter handled, “Dhoruba Shakur” decided to show up to protest the site proving to have just about as much grace and fundamental humanity as a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. Not to be outdone, other regular protesters added their own two cents from the Twitter peanut gallery. Then there was Heather, the same individual who continually likes to make the baseless claim that the two officers shot back in March in front of Ferguson PD were struck accidentally by Jeffrey Williams, who she clairvoyantly claims was actually trying to shoot at protesters. I will never forget her shrill voice repeatedly screaming periodically in the aftermath of that night that St. Louis County was destroying evidence while we tried to secure that scene.
I wonder what it’s like to be so irony-immune. She sarcastically wonders what the potential political motivation of the attack was while responding to posts referencing a member of a national protest movement who shows up to the scene of a shooting to offer his endorsement. It’s events like this that help to break down the myth of the “peaceful” protester from last summer. It hadn’t even been 24 hours before these Mensa candidates had crafted fifteen different possible scenarios that ended with the officer, the victim of a shooting, being responsible for someone else trying to kill him.
It’s this type of thinking that reinforces the notion that “Black Lives Matter” continues to be a misnomer. It’s this type of thinking that reinforces the notion that outrage directed at the phrase “All Lives Matter” is not due to an attempted minimization of Black struggle, but simply due to the fact that the phrase “Black Lives Matter” truly means ONLY Black Lives Matter to these protesters.
Interestingly, it turned out that the officer in question was in fact a black man, but in the above race to find fault with his victim-hood and skip out on any objective consideration of the facts, they went with what they assumed to be true: