In just one 24-hour period, Twitchy reported late Monday, police officers in three cities were the targets of assassination attempts in what appears to be a racially-motivated “war on cops.” While the murder of Rafael Ramos and fellow NYPD officer Wenjian Liu dominated the news, Twitchy said attempts to kill officers in Tampa, Los Angeles and Durham, North Carolina, “have managed to fly under the media radar.”
According to CNN, three shots were fired at two deputies with the Pasco County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office. Like Ramos and Liu, the deputies were in their patrol cars at the time.
“Both deputies reported hearing the whizzing sound of each projectile as they flew by,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement. “Deputies did not see the suspect or the vehicle from which the shots were fired.” A $3,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who fired at the deputies.
Police in Los Angeles arrested one suspect after being fired upon, CNN said in another report. Officers recovered two weapons, including a rifle, and are on the lookout for another suspect who got away. The LAPD issued a city-wide tactical alert, ABC7 added.
ABC11 in Raleigh, North Carolina, said a gunman identified as a black male allegedly shot the sliding glass door of an officer’s apartment. No one was injured, ABC11 said, but the officer caught a glimpse of the alleged gunman.
Last Thursday, another Durham policeman was the target of what appeared to be an assassination attempt. According to reports, Officer J.T. West was working on a report while sitting in his patrol car. He spotted two men approaching his vehicle from the back and got out to speak to them. One man drew a gun and fired six shots, striking West’s car once. West fired two shots in return and injured his wrist when he dove behind a staircase. No words were exchanged between West and the two men.
Threats have also surfaced in cities like Rogers, Arkansas, where graffiti discovered on the bathroom wall of a convenience store warned that a police officer would be killed on New Year’s Eve. “A cop will be killed New Year’s night in Rogers, AR 12-31-14,” the message said. Below that threat was found, “MS-13.” It wasn’t the only threat warning that police would be targeted for murder on New Year’s Eve, Jim Hoft said at the Gateway Pundit.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke placed the blame for the growing hatred of police at the feet of Barack Obama, Eric Holder, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and others like MSNBC host Al Sharpton, Twitchy said in another report. In one tweet, he called the “anarchist assault” on police officers “a war by socialists on our democracy” and promised to make Obama, Holder and others “own this.”