For those of us who believe that lives matter, it has been a long, disheartening couple of weeks.
In Louisiana, Senior Trooper Steven Vincent died after he was shot in the head and then taunted by a stranded driver. Near Chicago, police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found lying, fatally injured from a gunshot wound, about 50 feet from his squad car. A dayslong manhunt for three suspects followed.
In Texas, videos surfaced showing sheriff’s deputies shooting a shirtless man with his hands up.
Elsewhere in Texas, deputy Darren Goforth was fatally shot in an apparent ambush. In response, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters: “We’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter. Well, cops’ lives matter, too. So how about we drop the qualifier and just say lives matter?”
A few days later, at a Black Lives Matter rally at the California Capitol, hundreds of people waved signs declaring “Stop Murder by Police” and “We Aren’t Targets.”
This is what passes for police-community relations these days. Once merely spirited, the rhetoric has reached inflammatory, unproductive and, some would say, dangerous levels.
… Adding fuel to the fire are Republicans politicians who, in recent days, have flirted with the idea of labeling Black Lives Matter as a hate group.