“My ISIS is the police,” Chambers said, adding police can get away with shooting people if they “think” they’re going to do something — like pull a weapon. “The police are licensed to kill us — children, old people,” he said. “I wouldn’t go to Syria, I wouldn’t go to Iraq, I wouldn’t go to Afghanistan, I wouldn’t go to Yemen, I wouldn’t go to Tunisia, I wouldn’t go to Lebanon, I wouldn’t go to Jordan, I would do it right here,” Chambers said. “Nobody from ISIS ever terrorized us as a people as the police do daily.”
“If I was going to carry a weapon, it wouldn’t be against you, it wouldn’t be against these people who come here that I might have a dispute with. Mine would be for the police,” he said. “And if I carried a gun I’d want to shoot him first and then ask questions later, like they say the cop ought to do.”
In one of my recent posts I wrote about John C. Mohammad who claimed to be a city manager in Uplands Park Mo. He basically claimed that two Ferguson police officers were shot because of a conspiracy by the police. I wrote that I thought he was a scary dude in a government position. Well, turns out he wasn’t exactly who he said he was and he has no governmental powers.
Nebraska Senator Ernie Chambers is a completely different story! He has been a Senator for more years than I have been an adult! He makes crazy statements all of the time but this time the has rattled top government leaders who are standing up and condemning his comments. Rightfully so!
Senator Chambers is the Nebraska version of Al Sharpton but he is a government employee!! He is very dangerous and has the ability to incite violence against police. The fallout from his comments has just begun. As if our police weren’t already on hyper-vigilance, this is going to increase that vigilance tenfold!
The good news regarding all of this is our Chief, Todd Schmadderer came out very quickly with this comments to the press and to the public. He said, “"The comments that Senator Ernie Chambers made today at the Nebraska Unicameral are not only reprehensible but are completely without merit. The comments are unbecoming of a State Senator and have brought no value to the discussion of police community relations. I stand with my Omaha Police Officers as they are hardworking dedicated professionals" We have an outstanding Chief of Police!
Next our Mayor and two more State Senators stepped up and took selfies with a sigh that said #supportblue and tweeted them out challenging others to step up and do the same! Now we need all supporters of police to condemn Senator Chamber’s rhetoric and show their support. This cannot and should not be allowed to go uncontested.
SupportBlue is a campaigned designed to support all law enforcement. Let’s see if this is the trigger to get law enforcement supports to throw their hands in the air and say “We support our law enforcement!” Will you be one of those?
Please consider using #supportblue and spread the support.