NYPD union chief calls shooting of LA deputies ‘domestic terrorism’
The president of the NYPD sergeants’ union condemned the weekend ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County deputies as “domestic terrorism” — and demanded that nationwide elected officials “take a stand on such crimes against humanity.”
The deputies, a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man, were inside a parked patrol car in the southern LA County city of Compton Saturday night when a lone gunman walked up and opened fire, disturbing surveillance video shows.
They were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
In an open letter to elected officials early Monday, Sergeants’ Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins called the attack a symptom of “the unbridled violence plaguing our nation.”
“It continued unabated this weekend with the attempted assassination of two police officers in Los Angeles,” Mullins wrote. “As they were battling for their lives, scores of protestors descended on the hospital, blocked entrances, and chanted that the officers should die.”
“By any standard, what happened in Los Angeles constitutes terrorism, and the American people deserve to know if elected officials, regardless of their party affiliation, stand with the angry mobs or with law enforcement, who are perilously on their own in this battle against American ideals,” he declared.
He urged law enforcement organizations nationwide “to take their purported leaders to task for being unwilling or unable to lead during these tumultuous times.”
“We need to know who is with us, who is against us, and who is spinelessly sitting on the fence to see which way the political winds are blowing,” Mullins wrote.
“We cannot effectively do our jobs in this climate of hate, where politicians vote to defund and devalue us, only to then turn around and blame us for spikes in crime.”
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have each condemned the shooting.
“When we find that person we got to get much faster with our courts, and we got to get much tougher with our sentencing,” Trump told a group of Latino supporters in Las Vegas on Sunday, according to CNN.
Biden called the shooting “absolutely unconscionable.”
“Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on,” he said in a statement.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Sunday described the condition of the deputies as a “double miracle,” saying that they are both expected to survive after emerging from surgery.
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