Texas Cop Execution Spurs Anti-Police Graffiti, Rhetoric
Cops’ lives matter too.
Last Friday, Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth stopped to fuel up at a suburban Houston gas station. Soon after, Shannon Miles pulled up, put a gun to the back of Goforth’s head, and shot him 15 times.
It wasn’t a murder—it was an execution; and now, those close to the investigation are asking whether or not nationwide anti-cop rhetoric played a part in it [emphasis mine]:
Surveillance video from the gas station shows that Goforth, 47, had just come out of a convenience store after he had pumped gas and that Miles got out of his red truck, she said. “He runs up behind Deputy Goforth and puts the gun to the back of his head and shoots. Deputy Goforth hits the ground and then he continues to unload his gun, shooting repeatedly into the back of Deputy Goforth,” [Harris County District Attorney Devon] Anderson said.
Goforth was shot 15 times and a witness saw the shooting, Anderson said. She added that the shell casings match the .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun found at Miles’ home. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Saturday that the attack was “clearly unprovoked,” and there is no evidence that Goforth knew Miles. “Our assumption is that he (Goforth) was a target because he wore a uniform,” the sheriff said.
It’s a fair question—and one that needs to be asked. Even left-leaning publications are beginning to include discussions about the effect that the anti-police movement could potentially have on even positive relations between law enforcement and civilians:
On Tuesday, the Voice of Texas Law Enforcement, a law enforcement advocacy organization, said it was just about to send a letter to President Barack Obama demanding that he recognize “blue” lives. “Too many community leaders and ever [sic] politicians have used false characterizations of certain tragedies to widen the schism between law enforcement and the communities that they serve,” read a copy of the letter provided to VICE. “In too many incidents this has resulted in an irrational hatred of our brave men and women who wear badges.”
One of those instances came last December, when a man named Ismaaiyl Brinsley drove from Baltimore to Brooklyn and executed two cops in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood as they sat in their patrol car. On Instagram, Brinsley suggested he was acting in revenge because the Staten Island cop who killed Eric Garner was not indicted by a grand jury.
“Since the execution of two NYPD officers last December, cops have been on a heightened alert for their own personal safety,” says Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD detective sergeant who now teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. “When you make statements that the cops are all bad, brutal killers, those amongst us that have mental issues or those criminals that wish to make a name for themselves will take up the offer.”
Does the author go on to talk about “right-wing trolls?” Yes. BUT—the fact that these three paragraphs even exist in an article covering what used to be a one-sided conversation alleging rampant and indiscriminate police brutality tells me that something about this latest act of anti-police brutality has the media rattled.
They should be, because it looks like the sentiment that drives the radicals who have latched on to the #BlackLivesMatter movement is working its way into the narrative about what happened to Goforth:
On Tuesday, Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reported that it has spotted disturbing anti-cop graffiti stenciled in at least four places around the city in the wake of the murder of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth. Others have reported seeing it as well. The graffiti consists of a gun pointing at the head of a police officer.
Fox 26 reporter Angela Chen said that at least one business has covered the graffiti up. In something of an understatement, Chen said the stenciled graffiti is “a horrific thing to see, especially for the children and family of slain police officers.” In a tweet, she also cited police who said the graffiti is the work of someone stirring the pot.
It’s not just graffiti; some activists have gone so far as to declare that the brutal slaying “is what justice looks like.”
As we reported Wednesday morning, a Black Lives Matter podcast has declared “open season” on police and white people. “We will witness more executions and killing of white people and cops than we ever have before,” the unidentified host said. “It’s about to go down.”
Some have also expressed support for the execution-style murder of Goforth, who was repeatedly shot when he stopped to get gas. One person, a so-called “life coach,” said the killing “is what justice looks like.” Another person took to Twitter to imply Goforth deserved to be killed for allegedly having “creepy perv eyes.” That individual, identified as “Monica Foy,” allegedly attends Sam Houston University, according to her Facebook page, which is currently not visible. Her Twitter feed is also not available as of this writing.
The investigation is ongoing, and we’ll keep you updated with any new information—but I will say that even if the rhetoric and agenda that these activists are spewing wasn’t the catalyst for Goforth’s murder, the fact that they’re absolutely loving the results says more than enough about how dangerous this “movement” has the potential to become.
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The “graffiti” is a weirdly non-local looking stencil. The “cop” and “gun” look like something out of a Dick Tracy cartoon. I would be very surprised if a local yokel made it up to use. It looks imported which a lot of the BLM stuff seems to be. They often seem to come from the Chicago area as did the late Ms Bland and the pool party riot family in McKinney.
The cop and the gun are standard emoji as used in social media:
A teenager from Brooklyn was arrested in January after using that combination of emoji, plus other written threatening statements: https://youtu.be/WNAjZIkPmu4?t=37s
Well reversing the smile isn’t standard and is pretty obviously meant to evoke a different emotion than usual, but I quibble.
It’s an emoji. Emotion + Japanese for ‘character’.
(As a professional Japanese translator, I have no idea why people are using that term – the older “emoticon” was working for us just fine… ah well!)
Sam Houston State is one of Texas leading criminal justice colleges. I doubt “Monica Foy” is going to come away unscathed…
Deputy Goforth was murdered because he existed. This is a shift from killing to escape or for money or for personal emotions like a rejected lover might do. This is a step towards anarchy where the only law is violent force. This is very dangerous for all law abiding citizens. This is on the edge of civilization.
Houston has a vital arts community.
It also has more than its share of radicals, Quanell The Tenth and his myrmidons being among them.
I can see this crap being totally organic to Houston, if a tiny fringe part of Houston.
Anyone who thinks these cop executions are “justice” is part of the problem, and deserve to be left out to dry should they ever find themselves in a situation where they need to call 911 ~
As we reported Wednesday morning, a Black Lives Matter podcast has declared “open season” on police and white people.
Just asking for a friend…does the BLM “open season” work both ways?
Don’t forget the past several decades of cop-killer gangsta rap I think it’s called…….
Sadly, this is rather predictable behavior in the Age of Obozo the Demagogue-Narcissist-Clown — stupidity and demagoguery trickle down from political elites to the lemmings who blindly follow them. Violent sociopath criminals such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, whose own ill-advised, freely-made violent and criminal acts resulted in their demises, are lionized and canonized as “victim”-saints, while cops are vilified and denigrated at every opportunity. This trend represents an ongoing and disturbing trend of moral rot in this country, one that didn’t begin under Obozo’s narcissistic reigh, but, which has accelerated under him.
The Democrat’s armed insurrection against the United States continues to grow. You will be seeing more and more of this. The Democrat Hate Machine has been cooking on high for six years, and is now starting to pay off.
This is part of an emerging pattern of terrorism by Democrats. The Democratic Party is in armed insurrection against the United States: in Baltimore, in St Louis, in Ferguson, and with a slow drumbeat of Democrat terrorist attacks, including the plague of knockout game/ polar bear hunting, the rabid, inflammatory rhetoric of the likes of Farrakhan, Zerobama’s divisionism, and these lone wolf terrorist attacks.
Their objective is to use the chain of violence they are deliberately creating, to force a totalitarian government on the United States, “For our Safety.” “Oh, won’t you think of the children.”
It just recently dawned on me that this is exactly what daesh (ISIS) is doing. They don’t have to organize “terrorist cells.” they don’t have to pick targets and make plots. They beat the drums of hate and true believers will respond on their own. It is more dangerous than a conspiracy.
It is terrorism by the strictest definition of the term. They are using violence in an attempt to promote their political agenda.
Democrati delenda sunt. No price is too steep to pay.