Air Date: January 13, 2015
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Jim Kouri
Police have been placed on a heightened state of alert after the murders of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in New York City. Along with these killings, America has seen a string of startling accounts including the following:
–2 Boston officers kicked, punched and choked by 6 teenagers while they were making an arrest.
–On December 28th, Fox News reported that a Los Angeles police department patrol car was fired on in an unprovoked attack that also put police officers around that city on tactical alert.
–On New Years Day 2 West Virginia police officers were injured in a shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with 2 dead bodies inside.
CNSNews.com reported that the officers were conducting the stop when the driver of the truck shot at them with a handgun wounding both officers.
–Fox News ran a year-end story reporting that gun deaths of officers jumped 56% n 2014 and included 15 ambush assaults. Overall, officers killed in the line of duty in 2014 saw a 24% jump from the previous year.
Are we headed toward mob rule and anarchy? What about those men and women who place their lives on the line everyday to maintain the safety of the public? Joining Jim to look into these questions was Jim Kouri. Kouri writes the Law Enforcement Examiner. He is the 5th Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and has served on the National Drug Task Force. He has trained police and security officers around the country.
Kouri began by reflecting on the killing of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos calling it one of the most tragic shootings in the history of New York City. He took exception to some of the coverage based upon what he feels was political correctness. He indicated that Ismaaiyl Brinsley was a black male who traveled from Baltimore to New York specifically to kill law enforcement officers. In addition, he was Muslim born and raised. He had a Facebook page where instead of his last name he had the name ‘Mohammed’. It also showed that he was very extreme regarding his Islamic ideology and his desire to wage jihad against the United States.
Kouri sees a connection between Islam and the uprisings around the nation. It’s shown in the contrast between certain factors in place before Bill de Blasio became mayor and after. Before his tenure a program was put in place after 9-11 where the NYPD monitored certain individuals and mosques. There was a special investigative unit, certain individuals were kept under surveillance and complaints were noted from citizens regarding possible suspected terror related activities. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Islamic groups put pressure on Mayor de Blasio and the city did away with the entire program.
Kouri continued by presenting his view on racial profiling, how he feels about officers literally turning their backs on Mayor de Blasio, his perspective on illegal aliens who are jumping on the anti-police bandwagon and more.
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