By Jim Bowman
No one other than the shooter is responsible for the gunfire ambush Saturday of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as they sat in their patrol car. But the same can't be said for the protesters who blocked the entrance to the hospital where the two are being treated, and chanted "we hope they die." The latter is a cultural poison nurtured by the left-wing anti-police movement sweeping the country.
The two deputies were "ambushed by a gunman in a cowardly fashion" in the Compton neighborhood, said Sheriff Alex Villaneuva at a press conference. The deputies hadn't been identified by name as we write this, but press reports say one is a 31-year-old mother and the other a 24-year-old man. Both have been with the department a little more than a year.
Policing reform is impossible amid a war on police. Mr. Garcetti and other mayors should abandon their cuts to law-enforcement budgets and express regular solidarity for cops on the beat. Without such a signal, police will continue to retreat from enforcing the law in crime-ridden neighborhoods, and those who suffer most will be the law-abiding in the likes of Compton and Flatbush.
Including in Oak Park, where a sort of appeasement is the norm.
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