Tragic: How else to describe the fact that it took four dead cops in 10 months’ time for cop-haters to admit blue lives matter?
Those haters include Al Sharpton, who by some accounts was slated to offer some “unifying message” at Police Officer Randolph Holder’s funeral Wednesday — though Holder’s dad says the invite is only to attend. Mayor de Blasio, meanwhile, now wants new laws to keep killers behind bars.
Well, what do you know?
“When we find a police officer that’s trying to protect us and . . . puts their lives on the line to do that, we stand up for those police officers,” Sharpton said.
Huh? He’s spent his whole adult life doing just the opposite.
After the Michael Brown and Eric Garner tragedies, recall, he stoked anti-police hatred that sparked calls for dead cops. Soon enough, a sicko killed Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos — just for being cops.
Forget about what the police unions say about Sharpton. Even Holder’s fiancèe, Mary Muhammed, told The Post the slain officer “didn’t like” the Rev.
De Blasio, of course, ran for mayor by bashing cops. In office, he refused to defend them in a lawsuit that tarred them as racists. And he said he had to warn his son Dante to be careful around them.
Lately, the mayor’s been pushing bail reforms to help nonviolent defendants go free until trial. Suddenly, he wants to make it tougher for the dangerous ones to be let go.
Heck, even the judge who let Holder’s alleged killer skip jail — despite a lengthy rap sheet — says she’s sorry.
Seems only director Quentin Tarantino didn’t get the memo: On Saturday, despite Holder’s death, he fired up an anti-cop rally by slamming the police as “murderers.”
Rats fleeing the anti-cop ship? Perhaps — but the newfound sympathy for police is still healthy. Maybe de Blasio’s finally overcome his learning curve.
And while Sharpton does and says only what’s good for him, the fact that even he feels obliged to “stand up for those police officers” tells you plenty.
Yet the key isn’t what’s said this week, but what happens going forward. Keep watching for signs the anti-cop tide has truly turned.
SOURCE: New York Post