Christie: Black Lives Matter ‘create’ call to kill officers

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Chris Christie Says Black Lives Matter Movement Shouldn’t Be Justified: ‘They’re Chanting in the Streets for the Murder of Police Officers’.

WASHINGTON – The Black Lives Matter movement is creating an environment that can put police officers at risk, Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said Sunday, accusing President Barack Obama of supporting the movement, encouraging “lawlessness” and not backing up law enforcement. “I don’t believe that movement should be justified when they are calling for the murder of police officers,” Christie said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Told that some individual members have been recorded calling for the deaths of officers, Christie replied that the environment is “what the movement is creating.” Black Lives Matter was established after the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, by a neighborhood watch enthusiast, and has become an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. During a protest outside Minnesota’s state fair this summer, for example, some marchers were recorded chanting to fry police “like bacon.” Earlier this month, the parents of slain black men and women were featured speakers at the “Justice or Else” march marking the 20-year anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington. One told Fox News that she hopes Holder’s family “realizes that his life is included in the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan.” This is nonsense on steroids, yet these are the president’s shock troops. We can cite instance after instance.” Christie said if he were to be elected president, he would do a better job of “backing up police officers” as he previously served in law enforcement.

Some have taken its name as an implication that other people’s lives don’t matter, and respond by saying, “All lives matter.” Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley initially took that tack but apologized last summer. African-Americans overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. “Black lives matter, and we have a lot of work to do to reform our criminal justice system, and to address race relations in our country,” O’Malley said.

A number of instances of alleged police brutality towards people of color have been caught on police body cameras or on mobile-phone cameras wielded by members of the public, fueling a movement driven in large part by social media. The anti-police movement sweeping urban areas proves that many people actually don’t want strong law enforcement, and don’t have any respect for police work. On Friday, FBI director James Comey attracted criticism when he told an audience of law students in Chicago police were struggling to cope with violent crime because “a chill wind” had “blown through law enforcement over the last year and that wind is surely changing behavior.

In answer, Amnesty International USA executive director Steven W Hawkins released a statement which said: “Rather than making unsubstantiated claims that hinder dialogue and constructive criticism of police practices, what is urgently needed is an official collection and publication of nationwide statistics on the use of force by police. “We also need President Obama and the Department of Justice to support the creation of a national commission to conduct a nationwide review of police use of lethal force laws, policies and training and practices, as well as a thorough review and reform of oversight and accountability mechanisms.” King tried to present, and I think he’d be appalled by the notion that we’re elevating some lives above others.” Democrats, after getting off to a somewhat rocky start with protesters who interrupted several 2016 campaign events, have attempted to mend fences with the movement. But for the president to emphasize that there are brutal and racist cops, presumably white, without citing the staggering rate of black-on-black crime distorts both problems. The very nature of police work — to go where the crimes are — means cops will have more charged interactions with young black men than with other racial and ethnic groups.

Had Obama acknowledged those realities, and spent serious time in his presidency working toward reducing black crime, he would have far more standing to criticize police and prosecutors. An immigrant from Guyana, the 33-year-old Holder came from a family of police officers there and, after five years on the NYPD, had won several awards and aimed to become a detective.

The president might have cited Holder’s sacrifice, if only to show he understands how a police shooting strikes at the heart of other cops and society as a whole. Even Mayor de Blasio, who won office by demonizing cops, called Howard “a hardened and violent criminal” who “should not have been on the streets.” Howard, facing a six-year prison sentence last May for leading a drug gang, was instead sent to a drug-treatment program by overly lenient judges. It involves Hillary Clinton’s immediate view of the terror attack on Sept. 11, 2012. “Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Queda-like [sic] group,” she wrote to daughter Chelsea that same night, according to an e-mail Republicans released.

The former speaker of the state Assembly faces federal charges that he illegally used his office to get rich through a pattern of secret payments from two law firms. The courtroom spectacle, scheduled to start Nov. 2, will shine a spotlight on how money is doled out to special interests and how lawmakers use their jobs to rake in outside income. He binges on drugs and hookers, his estranged Kardashian wife rushes to his side, he emerges from his coma, they call off the divorce and live happily ever after.

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