Another police officer ambushed and killed; time for a moratorium on cop killing?

Another police officer ambushed and killed; time for a moratorium on cop killing?

An off-duty Memphis police officer died Sunday after being shot multiple times, the Associated Press reports via Yahoo News. The victim, 31-year-old Terence Olridge, is the second Memphis cop to be killed in a two-month period and the fourth in the last four years.

According to sources, the shooting appears to have been an ambush. According to Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, officers responded to a call around 1 p.m. about a shooting at a home in a Memphis suburb. Before Olridge had a chance to exit his patrol car, he was fired on multiple times.

AP notes that a male suspect is in custody, but beyond that the details so far are described as “sketchy.”

In August, Memphis police officer Sean Bolton was fatally shot in the line of duty.

Police have charged 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, who was on probation for an armed bank robbery, with first-degree murder in Bolton’s death.

Bolton was white, and Wilbourn is black.

Despite what has obviously become open season on police in our nation, the mainstream media and civic leaders seem more obsessed with #BlackLivesMatter, a narrative Barack Obama has helped foster by using his bully pulpit to claim repeatedly that our men in blue use a different set of standards for enforcing the law depending on the color of the suspect.

Since gun violence is so much on the president’s mind, maybe he could help curb the gun violence on police by asking for a nationwide moratorium on hunting them down.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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