God breathed the same breath of life into all human beings. And certainly we have the right to be outraged over the shedding of innocent blood.

All life matters.

But where is the outrage over the murders of innocent police officers sworn to uphold standards of integrity, bravery and honor to the community and the law?

Any law enforcement officer will attest to the fact that answering a domestic dispute call is arguably one of the most dangerous and unpredictable calls a police officer can face.

But it’s getting worse.

In what appears to be an increasing number of incidents, police officers are being premeditatively attacked.

One such incident happened last week when two police officers were fatally shot while answering a call about a domestic dispute in southwest Georgia.

Twenty-five-year-old Nicholas Smarr, an Americus, Georgia, police officer, along with Southwestern State University campus policeman Jody Smith were shot while responding to a domestic disturbance in a nearby apartment complex, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Upon arriving at the complex, Minguell Lembrick opened fire on the officers, killing Smarr and critically wounding Smith, who later died.

Lembrick was later found dead, from a self-inflicted gunshot, following a standoff outside his home, authorities said at a press conference.


Data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show these attacks are on the rise. Statistics show 63 law enforcement officers in the United States were fatally shot while on duty in 2016, 66 percent higher than the year before.

So why the increase in attacks?

A little over two years ago, Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Video and witness testimony clearly revealed Brown had unlawfully assaulted a store clerk while robbing a convenient store and attempted to wrest Wilson’s gun away while being taken into custody.

But, despite the facts, the Obama administration demonstrated an incredulous lack of support for law enforcement, even sending representatives to the Brown funeral.

Officer Wilson was eventually found innocent of any wrongdoing, but birthed from the ordeal was the “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) movement against police.

Chants from BLM activists like “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want ’em? Now!” were heard at protests and riots, invigorating enmity throughout cities across the nation.

To this day, activists erroneously honor Brown’s memory by holding up two hands in a “don’t shoot” manner despite this portion of witnesses’ testimony being proven false.

Now, our nation has endured racial animosity before, but it’s never resulted in this type of radical, sustained retaliation against police.

I believe one of history’s greatest tragedy’s will be President Obama’s failure to seize the opportunity to be the most racially unifying president in our nation’s history.

Frankly, I believe the hope that our first black president would champion this cause helped get him elected.

But rather than becoming a unifying voice of reason, his administration’s actions amplified racial dissent. And people are dying.

And now our nation has all new wounds that require healing.

Let the healing begin with the new administration.


Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.