I have little respect for the traditional printed media since they are mostly prostituted pamphlets with a severe allergy for the truth so it is unusual for me to sit down and waste time with a local newspaper. I canceled my subscription to the Miami Herald a long while ago and I read the Sun Sentinel if there is a copy that somebody left somewhere and forgot to take home to use for the parakeets’ crap catcher.
On March 12 I was given a free copy of that day’s Sun Sentinel and I read a column by Stephen L. Goldstein titled “Racial bigotry blocks health care reform.” In this column Mr. Goldstein quotes the Southern Poverty Law Center:
“Since the installation of Barack Obama, right-wing extremists have murdered six law enforcement officers.
I was floored when I read this. How come never heard of this before? Is there a conspiracy of Militias roaming around our country targeting Police Officers? The quote evokes of muscle-bound Southern White boys chugging beers driving in a beat up van searching for that evil black cop to take down and show them nigger in the White House who is Da Boss.
Then I remembered we are dealing with both a newspaper and the “impartial” boys and girls of the Southern Poverty Law Center and I decided to do some research. I used NJLawman.com which lists the LEO deaths for this and last year with a description of the events. Then used Google to look for more details on the murderers themselves, photos and their affiliations. I must confess I had to do some racial profiling, I excluded anybody who was not white in my amateurish investigation, I hope I do not offend anybody with this revelation… OK truly i don’t care who I offend.
The first case was of three officers murdered by 22-year-old Richard Poplawski. He is/was a Pittsburgh resident who lived with his mommy and granny and by all indications was nothing more than a Net Racist. His “militancy” was basically posting in racist websites like Stormfront but that was about it. He was a stalker, woman beater and was kicked out of the Marines for discipline problems. A nutjob that found a niche for his scrambled brains among others like him in the net. The night of the killings, Officers Paul Sciullo, Eric Kelly and Stephen Mayhle responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Poplawski residence and on arrival Mr. Poplawski’s mommy told officers he wanted him out of the house. Poplawski opened fire on the officers and killed them plus wounded 2 more officers. He was shot in the leg and surrendered. Two of the officers killed were white, one black so I am guessing Poplawski was not too choosy about race after all.
Next I found Joshua Cartwright who murdered Deputy Burt Lopez and Deputy Skip York from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Florida in a Domestic Abuse call and outside a gun range. Mr. Cartwright is the perfect liberal idea of Right Wing Militia: White, Military (National Guard), owned guns and according to the girlfriend, he was upset that President Obama was elected. I do pity the Secret Service, I can’t imagine what is to do background checks on all the white kids that own guns and serve in our military. By the way, Deputy Burt Lopez and Deputy Skip York were also white.
After reading about these five officers down, I suspended the search. There is no obvious racist conspiracy of Hate Groups against cops. Four out of the five officers killed in the two incidents I checked were white so there is no racial overtones as Mr. Goldstein and Southern Poverty Law Center try to push. Now if I were a nasty idiot who liked to use the race card to defend the indefensible, I would point out to both Mr. Goldstein and Southern Poverty Law Center that the number one race killing police officers since President Obama was inaugurated is African American. But the truth is that the number one murderer of Law Enforcement Officers in our country are scumbags of the criminal type which are somewhat related to the scumbags of the political type like Mr. Goldstein and Southern Poverty Law Center.
PS: If you see fit and can afford, donate to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund or any other related organization of your liking. I know times are tough so if a small donation is not possible, do say a prayer for the safety of our brave officers battling Bad Guys day and night, for the souls of those fallen in the line of duty and for the families of both.