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It must simply be… Us: On Saturday night a lone gunman walked up to two deputies sitting in their patrol vehicle at the Martin Luther King Transit Center in Compton, California and shot them multiple times before fleeing. The deputies are in critical condition after undergoing surgery. The 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy and the 24-year-old man had graduated from the sheriff’s training academy about 14 months ago. As NBC News notes, “The shooting comes as people around the country are protesting police brutality against Black people and calling for reform, prompted by the May in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The civil unrest has turned in to a campaign issue in the November election.” Here is a headline analysis of the shooting in Los Angeles from outlets around the country:
On the Right: Conservative outlets generally focused on President Trump’s response and protesters blocking the hospital where the deputies were transported:
- Trump calls for swift justice in shooting of ambushed deputies as manhunt intensifies in LA Andrew O’Reilly Fox News
- LA hospital treating ambushed deputies inundated by protesters: ‘We hope they die’ Lee Brown, New York Post
- ‘We hope they die’: Protesters at hospital jeer deputies shot in ambush Valerie Richardson, Washington Times
- ‘Y’all gonna die one by one’: BLM activists storm hospital where ambushed officers taken, block exits Chris Enloe, The Blaze
- Candace Owens on LASD Ambush: BLM, Media, Athletes, Entertainers to Blame Alana Mastrangelo, Breitbart
On the Left: Progressive outlets focused their reporting on Joe Biden’s response in comparison to President Trump’s, along with a general overview of what transpired:
- Trump and Biden condemn shooting of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies Felicia Sonmez and Hannah Knowles, WaPo
- 2 L.A. deputies shot in ‘ambush’ attack recovering after surgery Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
- Biden condemns shooting of L.A. County deputies, Trump wants death penalty for suspect ‘if they die’ Tim O’Donnell, The Week
- Two California Deputies Shot in Ambush, Authorities Say Allyson Waller and Marie Fazio, New York Times
- 2 Los Angeles County deputies are out of surgery after ambush shooting in Compton Artemis Moshtaghian and Amir Vera, CNN
Flag This: In July, Milwaukee’s police chief, Alfonso Morales, penned an op-ed in which he discusses a range of topics that feel relevant to the national conversation about both police brutality and police protection. Morales says he is “a proud second generation Mexican-American [with] a beautiful wife and two amazing children.” He says, “officers are also members of the community, have families, care about police-community relations and, like everyone else, want to go home safely to their loved ones at the end of their shift.” This past summer, “he, too, [was] disgusted and outraged by the actions of those Minneapolis police officers. But that does not mean you cannot also support your local law enforcement agency and the men and women in blue who risk their lives every day to keep your community safer. These are not mutually exclusive concepts.” In addition to outlining what ‘defunding the police’ might mean, Morales also acknowledges the “great division and further discord” that has unfolded over the past few months. “It has turned into an ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality,” he says. “That must change. We are in this together. It must simply be… Us. Keep reading.