This letter was submitted in response to “Social Justice Demonstrations Are Not ‘Mobs’” written by Melvyn Tanzman.
On July 30, Melvyn Tanzman, in his letter to the editor, questioned whether Councilman Ed Lachterman was calling the participants of the Black Lives Matter march on June 7 a “mob”? That was a ridiculous question to ask. I believe Mr. Lachterman was referring to the BLM rioters we see in NYC, Portland and other large cities, where there has been burning, looting and indiscriminate violence. We had a peaceful gathering of well-meaning people, most of whom have no idea that BLM is a radical socialist/Marxist international hate group, who intend to control policing in the world. They don’t hide their true agenda; it’s only that well-intended people don’t look at the facts.
But I need to answer Mr. Tanzman’s observations about over-policing in the Black community. He said that groups in the Black community have been calling for less policing. Although that may be true for some community organizers who profit off the turmoil in the inner city, it’s not so for many residents. Mr. Tanzman needs to talk to a mother in Washington Heights who is terrified that their son will be murdered; not by a cop, but by another Black youth. Or the parents who lock the family in at night and away from windows. With the first hint of a gunshot, the children are put in the bathtub as a shield. Over the years, a tremendous number of Black youths have died at the hands of other Black people, and the carnage is only getting worse.
Who really cares about the residents of all races in the community? It’s the police; not a group like Black Lives Matter, which spreads lies and mistrust in the media. They could not care less. It’s the cop in the urban communities that sees and deals with the failure of anti-poverty programs, social services, education, and the family structure. They interact with the mentally ill, drug-addicted, the victims of domestic violence and the poor trapped in the cycle of welfare dependence. The law-enforcement officer is the one who they call over and over again for help because they know they will there. Can law enforcement do better? Of course.
Every law-enforcement officer has thousands of interactions with the public over a career. Most end well with no incident, but some with deadly results. I was reminded of one recently after hearing of a Brooklyn incident. I entered a bedroom and saw the most beautiful petite 3-year-old lying in her crib. She had a smile I still recall vividly. Then I remember the blood-soaked Winnie the Pooh doll she was holding when the bullet went through the wall into her little body. Cops carry those memories for the rest of their lives.
Who cares about Black lives, all lives? The men and women of law enforcement.