By Rick Oltman, May 31, 2017
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appears to be setting the stage for riots in Los Angeles because of federal immigration law enforcement. In response to a comment about ICE officers wearing uniforms that say “POLICE” in an interview on Friday’s NPR’s “Latino USA” podcast Garcetti said it is dangerous when “ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) calls themselves police,” adding that “it’s bad for ICE and it’s bad for LAPD” because “people open that door expecting to see LAPD.” He said, “if something goes wrong” when ICE agents try to deport illegal immigrants, “I fear a tinderbox out there, (at 8 minutes into the interview, emphasis added) where people will suddenly say no and try to defend … keep that person from being taken. That’s a very dangerous situation.”
“We just commemorated 25 years since the urban unrest and we know how quickly things can explode,” Garcetti said, referring to the 1992 L.A. riots.
The “urban unrest” he was referring to was the Rodney King riots of 1992 (listen to the interview here: Not in My Backyard – L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti).
As always, he uses “immigrants” to describe illegal aliens. He also tries to equate enforcing our immigration laws with the civil rights struggle in America, which is, of course, inaccurate but does help feed the sanctimony of the anti-enforcement crowd.
It is believed by some that Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley set the stage for the Rodney King riots after the acquittal of the police was announced by saying, “… we will not tolerate the savage beating of our citizens by a few renegade cops.”
“Assistant Los Angeles Police Chief Bob Vernon believed Bradley’s opening remarks invited a riot, and were perhaps taken as a signal by some citizens to act in violence. Vernon backed this statement with the assertion that the number of police incidents rose in the hour after the mayor’s press conference.”
Bradley’s comments set the stage for, among many terrible things, the savage beating of Reginald Denny at the intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues. He was dragged from his truck and beaten unconscious with a brick, a tire iron, and a fire extinguisher resulting in more than 90 skull fractures.
Is Garcetti setting the stage for similar unrest? Nothing would please the open borders/amnesty/anti-enforcement crowd more than a riot with casualties. Then they could point to it and further blame the president and the attorney general who are committed to enforcing our immigration laws. Just a little money spent to kick it off, like we saw in last year’s many incidents, would do the trick.
Let’s hope not. But, given the lack of morality by those who do not want to act civilized and obey the law, a long, hot, summer could be coming.
As we say in California to someone like Mayor Garcetti, “Thanks for sharing.”
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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