Rochester, NY December 5th 2014
Social Media in Rochester has erupted in a fury of anti-police vitriol and hatred on the eve of a pro-police support rally.
On Saturday December 6th, 2014 a pro-police rally organized by local news-radio host, Bob Lonsberry, is being held to support members of local police agencies and honor fallen first-responders who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.
On September 3rd, this year, Officer Daryl Pierson was tragically murdered by Thomas Johnson III during a routine traffic stop. It was later discovered that Thomas Johnson III was a parole absconder and he currently faces multiple charges. Daryl Pierson leaves behind many friends, a loving family, a wife, and two small children.
Just in, it’s been reported by the Rochester Police Department via Bob Lonsberry that Officer Pierson’s family has received threats if they attend the rally tomorrow (see slideshow)
It’s also been reported that the Catholic priest who is attending the rally to bless the memorials for fallen law enforcement officers and first-responders has received death threats (see slideshow)
The celebration also honors Lt. Michael Chiaperrini and West Webster, NY firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka who were gunned down by William H. Spengler in the fire/shooting of West Webster on Christmas Eve, 2012.
This rally, which many argue, is much needed in light of the recent wave of anti-police sentiment. The anti-police sentiment comes on the heels of two highly publicized national cases involving loss of life during police incidents (and consequential verdicts from grand juries to not indict both respective officers).
Although there have been many peaceful demonstrations, much violence, rioting, arson, and looting have erupted in response to the outcome of the grand jury decisions.
Racial vitriol and derogatory language (hate speech) has been carelessly strewn about on Twitter (see slideshow)
And the latest trending hashtag that features white people telling stories about “getting off lightly” with police while committing sometimes horrific crimes because of white priviledge (this girl is really winning at life and should be proud) (see slideshow).
An article on The Daily Beast (Sally Kohn) explains that this is attributed to the verdicts to not indict in both cases and that it “add[s] insult to injury—that not only are black men routinely, disproportionately victimized by the police but they are victimized by a legal system that refuses to hold the police accountable.”
Today, on the eve of the rally in Rochester, the community is looking forward to a wonderful celebration of its heroes – the dedicated policemen and women, firefighters, and first-responders who keep us safe and serve as role-models to all – and honoring those that have paid the ultimate price and lost their lives.
Meanwhile, the anti-police protesters protesting the two grand jury verdicts are also coincidentally now protesting the rally (and lobbing death threats).
The rally will go on, cookies will be served to all (even the protesters protesting the rally that shows support for people being protested against). Hopefully race cards will not be flung and slurs will not be spoken.
Can we all hope for a small Christmas miracle? Will the hearts of the Grinches grow warm instead of trying to ruin the event that is being held to help heal the ENTIRE community after the tragic and shocking losses of a few (really awesome, amazing, hard-working, dedicated) good men? I would say stop by and find out, it sounds like a great way to show our police how much we appreciate all they’ve done for us.
One can hope? Come on, Rochester. We are better than this. Well, most of us, anyway. But come on, seriously. Don’t be weird.
To follow along on Social Media tomorrow for updates, #wesupportRPD #wesupportMCSO and #piersonstrong will be your best resource for information.
For more information on the details of the pro-police rally: http://www.wham1180.com/onair/bob-lonsberry-3440/please-come-to-our-prop…
Update: As of early this evening the event has been cancelled. The Chief of Police (and the rest of the sane, normal people in the world) don’t want any more heartache coming to this community and especially not to the Pierson family in light of the threats they’ve received.
Yes you read the correctly: the WIFE and FAMILY of an officer who was brutally murdered is now getting DEATH THREATS for attending an event that honors her husband and what he gave to protect and serve our community. My heart is heavy tonight. I had high expectations because sometimes I believe in people more than I should- and I got bit this time. Hopefully these people who ruined this nice thing Mr. Lonsberry had planned won’t be accidentally let out into public again. Puh. Pathetic.