Editorial: Anti-cop rhetoric poisons youth & cities

When you vote to pass policing bills because “We cannot wait any longer for transformative reform to confront systematic racism and reimagine public safety in America,” calling for a need to change “the culture of policing from warrior to guardian,” you can’t be surprised when your child is arrested for assaulting a Boston Police officer.

U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark’s 23-year-old daughter Riley Dowell, identified in court documents by her given name, Jared, is charged with assault and battery on a police officer, tagging property, vandalism of a historical marker and resisting arrest.

As the Herald reported, she’s accused of hitting a Boston cop during a melee that followed an attempt to arrest her for spraying anti-police slogans on the bandstand in Boston Common.

Clark’s daughter pleaded not guilty and was released on $500 bail.

The Democratic Whip didn’t mention “warrior” cops when she spoke after her daughter’s arrest, saying “It has been my work and my position and priority that every single person in every single zip code has an assumption of safety in their communities. And that is the work that I’ve done. And police are critical partners in that work going forward.”

Democrats have hardly pushed the message that police are critical partners in community safety, far from it. We’ve heard lots about racism “front to back” and calls for defunding law enforcement.

America’s youth have heard the same message from leaders and activists. While 23-year-olds are full-grown adults and capable of independent thought, one can’t ignore the influence that the past few years of protests and anti-cop vitriol has had on this generation.

It’s interesting to note that the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common was the target of anti-police graffiti, and not, say any of the neighborhoods marked by violence in recent months. Residents there want safety for their families, and neighborhood leaders have called for increased police patrols. Just who are anti-cop taggers speaking for?

Rep. Clark has a reason to speak up for police, as do many members of Congress. On Jan. 6, 2020, the Capitol Police stood between them and rioters who breached the Capitol.

Clark was all for President Biden signing the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act in July 2021. Among the provisions are bolstering security for Members of Congress and providing specialized training and riot control equipment for the Capitol Police.

When members of Congress are at risk, they can’t fund the police fast enough.

But the anti-cop rhetoric has done its damage.

“No Cop City” was among the bandstand graffiti, in reference to a law enforcement training facility dubbed “Cop City” by opponents planned for Atlanta. Mayor Andre Dickens explained on “Face the Nation” this weekend that “it’s really a public safety training center.”

“And so we’re building it, but some folks don’t want to see anything built that supports police so they call it ‘cop city.’ ”

Who bears the burden of disrupting investments in police departments?

Certainly not political elites and their children.