Law and Order Take a Vacation

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I took a vacation the past week and it seems as though law and order did, too. If you’ve been keeping up through other news outlets, you know all about Hillary Clinton’s “get out of jail free card” (more on that in a moment) and the horrible killing of five police officers in Dallas. Here are some thoughts about what happened and where we stand as a nation…
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Backstory: Two black men were killed by police in separate incidents in Louisiana (7/5) and Minneapolis (7/6). Black Lives Matter (BLM) took to social media to express outrage, saying once again the police have failed to value the lives of black Americans. Some gathered in cities across America, protesting peacefully. Others were not so peaceful, and there were many arrests.

One of those demonstrations took place in Dallas on Thursday, July 7. Police officers were assigned to keep the peace and protect BLM protestors. That’s when a black, former U.S. Army reservist opened fire. Five officers lost their lives and one is severely injured.

Shooter Micah Johnson was interested in militant black groups and Dallas investigators say he had planned even bigger attacks. When asked to surrender, Johnson declined. Police then used a robot to kill him.

In the aftermath, conversations on-line, on air, and everywhere else reflect a variety of opinions: those who believe the police are haters of blacks and gunning for them; gun-control advocates pleading for stricter laws; and those who don’t know what to think. Is the problem “bad apples” in law enforcement who must be discovered and dismissed? Still others believe there’s a concerted effort behind BLM to create division, schism and civil unrest in order to tear America apart.

The statistics just aren’t there to support wholesale police racism. Consider these facts from the a study conducted in December 2015 by the Washington Post:

  • 990 people were fatally shot by police in 2015
  • Half had guns; a fourth had another type of weapon
  • One-tenth were unarmed
  • Police were under attack, or defending someone who was, in three-quarters of the instances
  • One quarter involved a person who was mentally ill
  • One quarter involved a fleeing suspect

Some law enforcement departments have tightened their policies to protect officers and suspects. Other cities report that police are backing-off. Sometimes this has worked, in other situations, crime rates are going up.

The fallen officers are:
Lorne Ahrens, 48, married with children
Patrick Zamarripa, 32, former Navy sailor, married with children
Michael Krol, 40
Sgt. Michael Smith, former Army Ranger, married with children
Brent Thompson, 43, married, father and grandfather
Injured in the attack was Misty McBridge. She was shot several times, but will survive.

Father, we are grieved by the deaths of these officers and our country’s deep divide between races and ethnicities. Comfort the families and the other officers; heal Misty’s wounds. Help us to set aside our need to be “right” in whatever situation, that we may come together as a nation. We ask for divine intervention in the upcoming political conventions for calm to prevail. Father, we ask for Your mercy as the election approaches.

Matt. 12:25 – And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

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FBI Says Clinton Guilty; won’t Prosecute

comeyFBI Director James Comey interviewed Hillary Clinton over the holiday weekend–which is highly unusual timing–and came out on July 5th saying that although she had broken the law, she did it without malice. Therefore, Comey said, there would be no charges brought against her.

This decision is being roundly criticized.

Two days after his announcement, Comey testified before the House Oversight Committee and admitted that Clinton lied to the FBI. Comey said they found she sent and received classified information over her private server, used multiple devices, did not turn over all of her work emails (there were thousands) and the security of her server was breached. She had previously denied all of this.

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In the opening of his press conference on Tuesday, Comey criticized Clinton’s illegal and sloppy activities, but then said, “No reasonable prosecutor would bring felony charges against her.” It is important to note that there is no need to prove intent in order to be considered guilty of breaking the law.

The week before Comey interviewed Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch (who was presiding over the investigation) met with Bill Clinton. They both happened to be on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport at the same time and spend 30 minutes chatting. When Lynch was asked about the content of their conversation, she said they talked about his grandchildren and their travels. She said they did not discuss Clinton’s emails.

Several days after Comey’s address, the Clinton campaign announced that if she is elected president, Hillary would consider keeping Lynch in her present position.

Why this Matters: Anyone who has ever breached a security protocol lost their security clearance the minute it was discovered. This setting aside of the rules for Hillary Clinton is outrageous. Her arrogance and disdain for the rule of law and the American people should be reason enough to keep her out of the White House. The fact that Lynch met with Bill Clinton during the investigation and Hillary Clinton offered Lynch a job show that these people have so little respect for us they don’t even try to hide what they are doing.

How to Pray: Father, it is heart-breaking to consider the outcome, especially after so much time, effort and money were spent on this investigation. However, we know that You are not blind to what is being done. Save us from the hand of the wicked. Let the righteous not be put to shame.

Prov. 16:5 – Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

 

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