[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There is a growing wave of downright hatred of police officers that is rising around the country thanks to those who have categorized every single man and woman in blue as bad people due to the acts of a few. Police officers have been attacked with a machete in New York, shot dead in their car in the Big Apple, first responders have been shot at in Florida, and vows have been made to kill cops, especially white cops numerous times. The sentiment that blue lives do not matter is dangerously out of control and one female police officer is now fighting for her life because of it.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, reported on the brutal attack on Houston Community College police officer April Pikes, 24, by 23-year old Jeremiah M. Matthews. According to witness Abe Baker, Matthews seemed pleasant prior to the attack of Pikes at a Walmart on South Post Oak. But, when he saw Pikes in uniform, he pulled out a hunting knife and began stabbing her.
Pikes was stabbed 14 times before onlookers were able to pull Matthews off of her.
Baker said, “I saw him on her just stabbing her. I wasn’t really thinking. His arm was just up getting ready to stab her and I just grabbed his arm and took him down, and that’s when everybody else came over and we all just took him down.”
Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith said, “It appears he just walked right in and attacked her — (walked) straight up to her and attacked her.”
Officer Pikes was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital, an elite level 1 trauma center in Houston, and underwent six hours of surgery. She is expected to recover, but will likely lose her right arm due to the attack.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]
According to police, Matthews admitted in a statement that he attacked Pikes specifically because he wanted to kill a police officer. His reason for wanting to murder a cop? He believes police officers are oppressive. There was speculation by community activist Deric Muhammad that Matthews was influenced by the Baltimore riots. His family also claims he has a history of mental illness.
Matthews faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted of the charge of attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Families of police officers worry every day if they will make it home that night. That concern is typically based on crimes to which the officers respond or even if they happen upon a violent criminal on a routine traffic stop. With the rise in anti-police mentality throughout the country, these families will now need to worry whether the lives of their loved ones are at risk simply because they are wearing a badge.
Will they make it home that night, or will someone shoot them on sight to make good on the threat from the racial antagonists and haters who are calling for the murder of our police officers for no reason other than the fact that they exist?