A stranger walked calmly towards the police car and suddenly opened fire.
It’s Saturday evening around 7 p.m. in the crime hotspot Compton in Los Angeles. Two police officers are sitting in their patrol car. Suddenly a man walks very calmly towards the car, pulls out a gun and fires at the two officers. A 31-year-old policewoman and her 24-year-old colleague sit in the car. Both were riddled with bullets, but survived the freezing attack. However, their lives are in danger.
The two had not been on duty for long. They finished their training just over a year ago. The 31-year-old is also said to be the mother of a six-year-old boy. The perpetrator fled the scene. He is now being searched for at high pressure.
Update: The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation. pic.twitter.com/cBQjyKkoxJ
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020
Now the mood in Compton is boiling even higher. The situation was already tense. Because according to the report, a criminal gang is said to have formed within the sheriff authority. Sheriff Alex Villanueva promptly opened an investigation. But the wave of anger does not want to end. Shortly after the attack on the police officers, dozens of demonstrators gathered in front of the hospital where the victims were being treated and some shouted: “We hope they die!”
The police promptly replied, “To the protesters blocking access to the emergency room, shouting, ‘We hope they die,’ don’t block the entrances. Lives are at stake if ambulances cannot get through.” Villanueva is concerned: “Our job is not getting any easier because people don’t like us. It pisses me off, it upsets me.”
The attack on the cops causes shock in the USA and is another escalation. US President Donald Trump was also angry. He tweeted, “Animals to Hit Hard.” And further: “If they (the two police officers, editor’s note) die, short process death penalty for the killer. The only way to stop it.” He also urged his followers to pray for the victims and added the hashtag #BlueLivesMatter to the tweet – a counter-movement of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which advocates stronger punishment for violence against police officers.
During the numerous fatal attacks on African American civilians and the debate surrounding the rampant police violence in the United States, Trump never took such a clear position. He failed to take the side of the many victims, named George Floyd, Breonna Taylor & Co., and instead defended the executive.