By Stephen Z. Nemo (a.k.a., Mr. Curmugeon)
The year was 1992 and I was driving northbound on Interstate 5 just south of Los Angeles, California, when all cars came to a sudden stop. After a few minutes, I exited my vehicle and struck up a conversation with a fellow motorist. He informed me that a local radio news station reported the California Highway Patrol stopped all traffic heading into the City of Angels because a sniper was firing on motorists from a freeway overpass. The incident was one of many that occurred during riots that erupted after a Los Angeles jury acquitted five LAPD officers for beating a suspect in their custody, Rodney King.
When the L.A. riots ended nearly a week later, 3,767 buildings lay smoldering, 6,345 rioters sat in L.A. County lock-ups and 58 people were dead. The damage to property amounted to more than $1 billion.
“If you call it a riot it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters, whose district encompasses the riot zone, told the press, “I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable.”
She dismissed the large scale looting as acts committed by “mothers who took this [the riots] as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes … They are not crooks.” Waters never explain why these “mothers” took time away from their shoplifting sprees to murder 58 innocent people.
That a politician should justify murder in defense of their constituents is nothing new. His gospel of murder for ideological gain is how Osama bin Laden rose to the top of Al Qaeda’s food chain. The lives of those existing outside the “group” are no more deserving of consideration than the insect on the business end of a fly swatter.
That such behavior should prevail in the uncivilized, barbaric backwaters of the Third World – like Los Angeles – is one thing, it’s quite another that mob incitement is a matter of policy for the nation’s chief law enforcement body – the Department of Justice.
Documents obtained by the conservative public interest law firm Judicial Watch show “that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman,” said Judicial Watch.
Justice Department documents obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act show the CRS spent at least $5,321 to organize anti-Zimmerman protests. Of course, it could have been much more. As I’m sure you’re aware, Attorney General Eric Holder has a habit of stonewalling those requesting documents that may place his department in a bad light (i.e., Operation Fast and Furious). Still, spending five grand to organize racially-charged protests is nothing to sneeze at … considering the L.A. riots were held for free – unless you were among the unlucky who lost property, limb or life.
As I write, the George Zimmerman jury has just rendered a not guilty verdict on the count of second-degree murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter. It was clear the government failed to prove its case “beyond a reasonable doubt” when Circuit Judge Debra Nelson told the six-person panel they could consider a manslaughter conviction as a backup verdict. Lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda attempted, but failed, to convince the judge to heap a third degree child abuse charge on to the pile.
Now that the Zimmerman jury has acquitted the accused, refusing to take the judge and prosecutor’s suggestion they convict him on something … anything, police agencies throughout Florida, where I now live, announced they have plans to deal with any violence that might erupt.
And I’ll be keeping a watchful eye on the freeway overpasses I encounter during my daily commute … ready to dodge, fast and furiously, the bullets fired in my direction by Eric Holder’s CRS-inspired irregulars.