The People’s Republic of Cambridge is an especially liberal city, and one of the most difficult places in which to be a police officer. Fortunately for residents, the dedicated officers of the Cambridge Police Department continue to protect and serve.
Earlier this month, the CPD encountered an officer-involved shooting – something which hasn’t happened there since 2002, according to the department.
As the Herald reported, Sayed Faisal, 20, of Cambridge, was shot and killed by police in Cambridgeport. Authorities say he was moving toward officers with what a witness described as “a machete” at the time of the shooting. Officers reportedly did use non-lethal efforts to stop Faisal, firing a “sponge round.” Police said Faisal kept advancing, and officers employed their weapons.
This being Cambridge, it was blame the cops first and ask questions later. Activist residents Samuel Gebru and Fatema Ahmad claimed that Faisal’s death was the result of police brutality. The outrage narrative snowballed. U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) doubled down with her tweet, “The police killing of Sayed Faisal — a beloved son of Cambridge & the Bengali community — is a devastating reminder of the toll police brutality continues to take on Black & brown communities. There must be a thorough investigation so his loved ones get the answers they deserve.”
Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), jumped on the bandwagon, tweeting “I’m heartbroken and deeply concerned by the police killing of UMass Boston student, Sayed Faisal, as he suffered an apparent mental health crisis. There must be a thorough, transparent investigation by the Middlesex County DA. It’s past time we put an end to police brutality.”
If you expect anything other than a blame-the-police narrative from Pressley and/or Markey, you are bound to be disappointed.
According to the left, an officer shooting a man coming at him with a knife, which could have resulted in the officer’s death or serious injury, is now police brutality. Officers could be killed as a result of this dangerous rhetoric because they might be reluctant to use deadly force to defend themselves, even when doing so would be justified.
Castigating law enforcement sends another dangerous message: defend yourself and expect a political maelstrom.
What might the reaction have been if one of the officers had been stabbed to death that night? The same outrage? The same engagement by politicians? I doubt it. The officer who shot Faisal is currently on paid administrative leave.
In the world of the left, officers, unlike criminals, are presumed guilty until proven innocent. The knee-jerk reaction to defame the CPD only serves to fan the flames of instability and invites like-minded anti-police groups to view the city as a suitable backdrop for action. Police officers deserve the support of the public, not second-guessing from politicians and far-left critics.
Rasheed Walters is an entrepreneur, political commentator and historian. He is a member of Project 21, and resides in Boston. Follow him on Twitter @rasheednwalters.