To George Floyd rioters, not all black lives matter
The nation’s capital was not immune from the riots that erupted in several major cities across the country after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police after his arrest on May 25.
Over the weekend, more than 60 Secret Service officers were injured in clashes with violent protesters after sealing off the area around the White House, according to Fox News. The network, quoting a statement from the agency, reported that “protesters threw bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks and other items at officers and some Secret Service personnel were also ‘directly physically assaulted as they were kicked, punched and exposed to bodily fluids.’” Eleven officers were taken to hospitals and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Out in Oakland, however, one federal law enforcement officer made the ultimate sacrifice in doing his duty.
On Friday night, according to local media, a white van pulled in front of the Ronald V. Dellums Building and someone inside opened fire at two Federal Protective Services officers who were providing security as violence raged throughout the city. The Federal Protective Service is a branch of the Department of Homeland Security whose mission is to protect U.S. government facilities, especially from terrorist acts.
One officer, 53-year-old Dave Patrick Underwood, died from his injuries. The other was left in critical condition. No one was arrested as of Monday.
California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged caution in linking Underwood’s “heinous” slaying to the riot in Oakland on Friday night, which, according to the Associated Press, left at least 70 businesses destroyed or damaged and resulted in injuries to 13 city cops.
But the local ABC News affiliate noted a DHS official said Underwood’s murder was linked to the riot. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf in a statement called the shooter an “assassin” who “cowardly shot two federal protective contractors as they stood watch over a protest.”
DHS acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli labeled the shooting an “act of domestic terrorism.”
One longtime friend who was not identified described Underwood as “one of the kindest souls I have ever had the pleasure of meeting,” adding he was empathetic, compassionate and humble. “The world needs him and more like him, especially in these troubling times,” the friend said.
His death sounds like a tragic loss for the community and for those Underwood served in his work.
And here is the kicker: Underwood was black.
The rioters are using violence to argue that black lives matter — except those, it seems, who wear law enforcement uniforms.
PHOTO: Angela Underwood Jacobs/Dispropaganda Twitter
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