As protests against police brutality continue to erupt from coast to coast here in the United States, some have taken the sentiment a bit too far out in ultraliberal California.
The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police earlier this year sparked a nationwide discussion on racial inequality as it pertains to law enforcement, as well a a heavy conversation regarding certain tactics being used by police. Subsequently, a number of unfortunate incidents were soon to follow, further fomenting the unrest.
Now, as two California police officers fight for their lives, agitators outside of the hospital in which they are receiving treatment have taken to taunting the injured lawmen.
Protesters have blocked the entrance to the hospital where the two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies ambushed in a shooting Saturday are fighting for their lives, chanting: ‘We hope they f***ing die.’
The officers, one the 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy, were shot at the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Oak Street in Compton by a male suspect who then fled the scene.
Donald Trump on Sunday said the man who opened fire should face a ‘fast trial death penalty’ if the deputies die. He earlier called the shooter an ‘animal’ who needed to be ‘hit hard’ as the FBI was called in to help investigate.
Both presidential candidates had strong words for the shooter:
The president tweeted: ‘If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!’ He had rewarded his son Donald Jr. who shared the footage, writing: ‘Please pray for these two Sheriff Deputies. Their lives matter!!! #BlueLivesMatter.’
Joe Biden said: ‘This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished. Jill and I are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery.’
The scene was volatile, and several incidents at the hospital entrance led to the arrest of a number of agitators.
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