Just before 2:30 am yesterday a 10-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was home with his family when he heard shots being fired outside. In all, approximately 17 rounds were fired. The officer immediately radioed that his home and squad car were being fired upon.
Responding officers quickly determined the officer, his family and the neighbors were unharmed and thanks to tips from the community and a quick search, the suspect, 27-year-old March Ratney, was apprehended.
WIBC reports, Police Chief Troy Riggs says Ratney fired at least a dozen shots after yelling obscenities directed at police. Five of the shots hit the officer’s house and three hit his patrol car. No one inside the house was hurt, and Riggs says members of the community helped officers track down Ratney.
Ratney had just been released from prison on June 6 after serving a sentence for being a felon in possession of a gun, and Riggs says the officer he targeted had arrested Ratney in 2008.
Okay, now get ready for this next part. I (Michele Hickford) will admit I actually laughed out loud when I read it. Ready?Though Ratney was wearing a t-shirt that said “f— the police” on the front and “black lives matter” on the back, Riggs says he does not believe Ratney is representative of any organization or movement. Sorry. I can’t read that without laughing.
In case you missed it, President Barack Hussein Obama spent the better part of his memorial comments yesterday in Dallas, telling the rest of us how terribly racist we all are:
But America, we know that bias remains. WE know it. Whether you are black or white or… we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point… if we’re honest, perhaps we’ve heard prejudice in our own heads… we know that. And while some suffer far more under racism’s burden, some feel to a far greater extent discrimination…none of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this… To have your experience denied like that… again and again and again, it hurts. Surely we can see that. All of us.
So I suppose Chief Riggs is correct. We should feel very bad for Mr. Ratney. After all, a racist policeman arrested him and he was put in jail for a felony – I mean, it was just a felony, right? And now after being released from jail, it is a perfectly natural response by Mr. Ratney to pick up another weapon, possibly two, and empty the magazine into the home and car of a police officer – but not because he represents any “movement” or anything.
No, it’s just because he’s expressing his First Amendment right of free speech and simply venting the frustration people of color feel for being unjustly targeted and brutalized by bigoted, racist cops, and enduring vicious discrimination by us white folk.
[This article was written with head in hands by Michele Hickford]