Allen B. West

Three charged in Mississippi police murder — but does this case mean it’s all-out war?

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The Daily Mail reports that “a law enforcement official says three people have been arrested and two of them have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of two Mississippi police officers during a weekend traffic stop in Hattiesburg.”

“Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, tells The Associated Press that 29-year-old Marvin Banks and 22-year-old Joanie Calloway have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Banks’ 26-year-old brother, Curtis Banks, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.”

Officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25 were shot and killed Saturday night in Hattiesburg during a routine traffic stop. They were discovered by Hattiesburg residents who called 911 after finding the stricken officers on the ground.

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But there’s a disturbing new pattern emerging with these attacks.

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Deen was white; Tate was black.

No longer can either “side” call these murders racially motivated. Now it appears to be an attack on our uniformed law enforcement as a whole. After all, the six officers now facing questionable charges in the death of Freddie Gray are evenly split racially.

Sadly, our nation is still violently split along color lines – except now the color under attack is blue.

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