Spokane, WA - Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is being criticized for calling out a major source of violence against police officers - President Obama.
Sheriff Knezovich spoke at a conservative rally in Spokane Valley on Saturday, “Never in my history have we been hunted and assassinated, and I blame Barack Obama.”
Two days after making the statement, one of Sheriff Knezovich's deputies was shot (that specific shooting is not believed to be politically motivated.)
The sheriff told The Spokesman-Review that Obama’s rhetoric is part of the war on cops that inspired the assassination of officers in Baton Rouge, Dallas, New York, and other cities.
Q13 Fox reports that The chairman of the Spokane County Democrats, Andrew Biviano, said that Sheriff Knezovich should tone-down his "rhetoric." The news site goes on to quote the anti-police propaganda about how the number of law enforcement officers killed each year has been steadily declining for decades, ignoring all context. The these detractors say "decades," they mean the time before the use of ballistic armor, EMS, police tactical training, or the latest advancements in trauma care.
Last year was a 10-year high for the number of ambush attacks on police according to The Washington Post. By the end of the year, the number of ambush-style attacks on officers were up 250% from the year before.
I'd like to hear the Spokane County Democrats offer their own explanation for the sudden spike in assassinations on police officers. What reason will they offer for the attacks on police? They would likely just blame the fallen heroes for their own assassinations.
We know the source: The news media, celebrities, and politicians, including President Obama, have been contributing to a war on police by spreading false or misleading information, just as Q13 Fox just spread misleading information about the murders of police officers.
On July 7th, 2016, President Obama made a speech on national television where he addressed officer-involved shootings. Among other things, he said: But what I can say is that all of us as Americans should be troubled by the shootings.
These are not isolated incidents. They’re symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system. When I heard this, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach. This wasn’t the first time that President Obama had made a speech accusing law enforcement of racism.
The last time President Obama had so openly accused police of shooting men because of their race was when he had made a speech days before the assassination of New York PD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on December 20, 2014. These heroes were killed at the hands of a zealot named Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, who believed the lies being spread about law enforcement by the President and the media. Brinsley assassinated Officers Ramos and Liu as retribution for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
As soon as I heard President Obama's July speech, I knew that he was only empowering the extremists. If the most powerful man in the world said it, then it must be true; police officers are targeting black men.
The same night that President Obama made his July speech, a gunman assassinated five police officers at a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas, and seriously injured nine others. Just ten days later, another gunman assassinated three police officers in Baton Rouge, and seriously injured three others. The motivation behind both attackers was retaliation for the perceived targeting of black men by police.
President Obama's reckless and misleading statements are responsible for propagating the war on law enforcement.
Thank you, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, for standing up for law enforcement and calling out these politicians who inspire attacks on police officers.