“Officer Shoots Violent Felon In Self Defense”
In any world where sanity mattered, that would be the headline dotting a number of local Wisconsin news outlets over the past few days, and the story wouldn’t appear anywhere else.
Unfortunately, we live in a world turned upside down, where criminals are given extra rights, and police officers and law abiding citizens are treated like villains when they dare defend themselves against feral human predators.
We saw it with Trayvon Martin, a street-fighting suspected burglar, confirmed drug abuser, and illegal gun dealer, who was shot while “unarmed” and attempting to beat a man’s head to jelly against a concrete sidewalk, after attacking him from behind.
We saw it with Michael Brown, a strong-arm robbery suspect and attempted cop-killer who charged a police officer and died in a second and fatal attempt to take that officer’s service weapon.
And we’re seeing it again with Tony Robinson.
Oops… that photo isn’t the one that his poor-grieving mother and supporters put out as she claimed that he was a peaceful and loving boy who never did any wrong.
No, this December photo is a result of Tony Robinson’s April 2014 arrest that came after he was apprehended in armed home invasion. He pled guilty in October.
Stop me if you’ve heard seen this one before: the now tiresome and wholly predictable cycle of news coverage when a white police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black teenager:
Step 1:Build the false narrative. Mainstream media outlets report that a police officer has shot an unarmed black teenager, and provide extensive coverage of the victim’s grieving family alongside flattering photographs and background stories of said teenager. The event is followed within hours–hours!–by well-organized protests, family spokespersons, and (naturally) lawyers (these last two typically combined).
Step 2: Watch the false narrative implode. These mainstream media reports are inevitably followed by factually correct and comprehensive reports of the victim’s violent and criminal background and actions at the time of the shooting. These facts place responsibility for his death squarely on the victim’s own shoulders, and make it clear that the police acted appropriately.
Sounds familiar, right? In case you’ve not yet had enough of that cycle, allow me to introduce you to the late Tony Robinson, the “unarmed black teenager” who was shot and killed by a veteran Wisconsin police officer this past Friday evening (so, not even 48 hours prior to the writing of this post).
The false narrative being offered up here is that the “non-violent” Robinson was pursued and then “murdered” by a cop with five shots to the chest “for no reason.”
The reality of the matter is that this convicted felon who was on probation for armed robbery was the suspect in an assault that very day. When veteran Officer Matt Kenny chased Robinson into a building to take him into custody, Robinson attacked, striking Officer Kenny repeatedly, knocking him down in an apparent attempt to overpower the officer.
Kenny drew his weapon and fired until Robinson ceased his attack, and then immediately transitioned into life-saving mode, attempting to save the life of the violent felon that had just attacked him.
If you are one of those sad souls that is so easily led by an agenda-driven media that you’ve bought into the sucker’s argument that someone without a weapon isn’t a threat, then you’re a gullible soul, and I pity you.
There are some very bad officer involved shootings out there, and we’ve covered them. Sometimes they lead to murder charges. Sometimes the officers really do get away with what appears to be an execution.
This is not one of those times. When a person intentionally attacks a police officer in an apparent attempt to overpower the officer and take his weapon, the officer doesn’t just have the right to defend his life, but the responsibility to do everything in his power to keep that violent suspect from gaining control of the officer’s weapon.
Tony Robinson’s hero was the violent fictional drug lord Tony Montana, even adopting that handle for his Twitter account (not remotely safe for work).
Tony Robinson idolized a cop-killing savage, and attempted to emulate him.
He failed, and deserves nothing but scorn for the attempt.
Update: Post updated to note that the photo above was from December, and was not taken after his arrest in April.