The New York Times wasted little time producing a typical front-page screed of grotesque excuses for cop-killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley.  They probably thought they were exercising discretion by holding off until today, after the funerals of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu to publish this toxic clown-tear rendering of the killer’s life.  But, that’s the Times.  They have so little decency that last week, their editorial page of December 30 carried two editorials side-by-side (at least on-line), one viciously condemning police for turning their backs in silent protest on Bill DeBlasio, the other celebrating killers and other serious felons participating in a “prison creative arts project.”

Of course, the latter op-ed, written by Anna Clark, a felon-fetishist poet from the University of Michigan, cast nasty aspersions on the corrections officers who are forced to keep this idiot safe as she engages in “cartwheels,” “improv,” “games of freeze,” and other acting out with serious violent offenders (the men pretend they’re prom queens, she notes).  So in the pages of the Times, two inches away from where the editorial staff ritually slashed away at mourning NYPD officers, poet Anna Clark mocked other police — the corrections officers in Michigan who keep her safe.  She also mocked the rest of us for locking such felonious magical creatures away.  She snarkily claimed she was “less afraid of incarcerated men than [she] was of improv itself,” though the one case she mentions in passing involves “multiple life sentences for armed robbery and assault with intent to murder.”

To place this sort of pro-criminal garbage next to

Preliminary news reports from actual news sources show that Brinsley was arrested at least 19 times in Georgia and Ohio, including for serious crimes involving guns.

In other words, Brinsley was the benefactor of a massive breakdown of crime control that resulted in serial leniency by the courts

should have been in prison in Cobb County, Georgia for a 2011 shooting offense, and possibly for other crimes in this state too.

I’m also sure, as more facts come out (I am looking now), that we’ll learn that his (at least) 15 Georgia arrests weren’t even considered in sentencing by various judges in the area, just as the illegal gun crime minimum mandatories are entirely defanged, in practice.

And it won’t necessarily be because a particular judge or DA actually screwed up or, worse, showed intentional leniency (not a particularly big difference given outcomes, but some cases are worse than others). It’s because there are so many Ismaaiyl Brinsleys walking the streets, and so many types of resistance to enforcing the law (including among the “Right on Crime” crowd) that the courts are overwhelmed and reduced to the sort of triage that gets cops killed.

We don’t have a police state: we have an anti-policing state where the real anti-police activism is the fact that police alone are left to deal with the violent outbursts of people like Brinkley, while the lawyers and judges and activists and Nicholas Kristoffs play Atticus Finch in the courts, the universities, the law firms, the editorial boards, the movie industry, and especially in their own narcissistic fantasy worlds.

And that self-indulgence is what gets cops shot dead in the streets — not to mention thousands of Brinsleys dead too. It is also why it is so dangerous when conservatives, the last vocal supporters of rule of law, abandon police to indulge in “Right on Crime” fantasies of their own, instead of seeking the facts about the way the justice system really works.

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