For months now, we’ve seen a basic falsehood that police are inherently bad and that defunding them somehow prevents them from their “systemic racism” and evil ways.
All of that is wrong, yet not enough people are debunking that with truth: that most cops are good people doing the best they can to do their job in an incredible difficult environment where they get virtually no support.
Every day they place themselves in harm’s way to protect us.
Like Officer Ismael Chavez, 39, and his partner Edelmiro Garza, 45, of the McAllen Police Department who were killed yesterday in an ambush shooting.
The officers walked up to the door of a home to answer a call about an assault and were gunned down without even a chance to pull their guns or respond. A suspect opened the door killed them both and then shot and killed himself. They didn’t even have a chance to radio for help.
#MCALLEN McAllen Police says two police officers have been shot to death while in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call. The suspect shot himself and died in front of his family. “Our officers never stood a chance, they were doing their job.” @cbs4rgv pic.twitter.com/F5BD6rMpij
— Sydney Hernández (@SydneyHdzTV) July 11, 2020
Worse they both have families who are now without fathers. The suspect was a man who had a long criminal history and should never have been out.
RIP Ismael Chavez. Mr. Chavez. 💔🇺🇸😭🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/V9bJcH1hvy
— Ms. Reyes 💙 (@msreyesclass) July 12, 2020
Chavez’s daughter posted a thread on Twitter honoring her father, who also used to be a teacher.
i miss you dad https://t.co/s5Yl89GTmB
— Savannah (@sweeetsav) July 12, 2020
“Words cannot describe the pain I’m in, but I’m glad my dad is at peace. you were an amazing man and anyone who ever came across you knew that. I’m going to miss you so much. you died doing what you loved most, you died a hero. i love you daddy, see you soon. #bluelivesmatter 💙”
I’m so proud of you and all your accomplishments and I’m proud to call you my father. i can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done. I thank God for putting you in my life. you will forever be in my heart. thank you for making me the happiest “princess” ever. #McallenPD pic.twitter.com/aFXsb4b4rD
— Savannah (@sweeetsav) July 12, 2020
A terribly heartfelt thread of tribute to her dad who had already done so much with his life.
Most people were very supportive of her.
I had the pleasure of working with your Dad. Ismael was and will always be remembered as a great officer. He always strived for justice and did the right thing, he will be missed. Im hurting with you, I’m sorry for your loss and my condolences.
— Jose Hernandez (@TehJosee) July 12, 2020
Your father was my field training officer. He loved his job. This Yeti cup was a gift that I gave your father after my field training phase. You and your family are in my heart and mind. My condolences on the passing of your father. We are here for you. pic.twitter.com/PjfeBugbyb
— B (@brandonwgph20) July 12, 2020
But leftists swooped in, with some chastising her for daring to say that “blue lives matter.”
I'm very sorry for your loss..
It's always sad to lose a parent…
however he did make a choice to be a policeman…knowing any day it could happen…
That is what his job was…
I hope you heal
CANNOT MATTER UNTIL#BlackLivesMatter
— KellyJames (@KellyJamesKey) July 12, 2020
— Honey (@hyeon_y_i) July 12, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss but you didn’t have to use a racist hashtag
— Gabby (@mynamesgabby_) July 12, 2020
Savannah ended up deleting the tweet with “blue lives matter” in it because of the attack. You can see it here.
So just some history, Blue Lives Matter as an expression came after two NYPD officers were assassinated by a Black Lives Matter protester in December 2014. It was an expression to value police officers who were being attacked in response to the hate being promulgated against them, not a put down of anyone.
It shouldn’t even have to be explained. Responding like that to the daughter of a cop who was just killed yesterday is disgusting and vile. All these folks who did that need to examine their souls.