The war on police continues to rage on. The left who continue to claim that only police and military personnel should have guns is the same left that continually smears police as racists and bloodthirsty killers of minorities who cannot and should not be trusted.
To further this war on police, a Texas newspaper has claimed that they intend to publish the names and addresses of police officers. While maintaining the move is a step towards promoting transparency, the real motive appears to be vindictiveness towards all police- a vindictiveness that can very easily lead to the murder of police officers and/or their families.
The outrageous move follows a deadly police officer-involved shooting last week where an officer shot and killed Antronie Scott, a fugitive wanted on two felony warrants. The officer maintains that after ordering Scott to show his hands, the fugitive spun-around and the officer feared for his life.
Stephanie Zarriello, publisher of the weekly tabloid San Antonio Observer, claimed Scott had been “unjustly murdered,” and in apparent retaliation for this supposed murder, Zarriello announced her intention to endanger the lives of all San Antonio area police officers and their families by publishing their names and addresses.
“Like Ku Klux Klansman with hoods, [officers] do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice,” Zarriello said during a press conference.
Further smearing the entire profession, Zarriello further compared officers to sex offenders, saying,
“Just as the names and addresses of sex offenders are publicized in order to protect the public from their wicked behavior, we feel that our community has the right to the exact same level of protection.”
Of course, Zarreillo was only able to host the press conference and live her life thanks to the institution of law and order in our society. When she comes home tonight, her TV will likely still be in her home. She will be harbored in the relative safety of societal comforts and the protection provided by police officers- the very group she seeks to endanger.
We cannot attest that all police are virtuous and above reproach; certainly, the increased militancy of police departments around the country is cause for concern and well worth a discussion.
However, to so callously smear an entire profession of largely dedicated protectors of life and property is not only wrong, but heinous.
Further, if Zarreillo’s ruthlessness leads to even a single loss of innocent life, it is my sincerest hope that she faces felony prosecution for her role in endangering the lives of police and their family members.