According to a state senator in Nebraska, the only difference between American police and ISIS terrorists is his belief that cops are more dangerous. During a recent hearing, Ernie Chambers shared his fiercely anti-police rhetoric, going so far as to say cops deserve to be shot without cause.
In a reference to ISIS, Chambers dismissed the terror group’s violence in favor of continuing his screed against law enforcement.
“My ISIS is the police,” he asserted, claiming the public servants “are licensed to kill us – children, old people.”
For those interested in battling terrorism, he suggested limiting their investigation to domestic sources.
“I wouldn’t go to Syria,” he said. “I wouldn’t go to Iraq. I wouldn’t go to Afghanistan. I wouldn’t go to Yemen. I wouldn’t go to Tunisia. I wouldn’t go to Lebanon. I wouldn’t go to Jordan. I would do it right here. Nobody from ISIS ever terrorized us as a people as the police do us daily.”
The abstract denunciation of police forces across the nation took on a far more menacing tone when Chambers speculated about what he would do with a gun.
“If I was going to carry a weapon,” he said, “it wouldn’t be against you. It wouldn’t be against these people who come here that I might have a dispute with. Mine would be for the police. And if I carried a gun, I’d want to shoot him first and then ask questions later, like they say the cop ought to do.”
Social media erupted with reaction to Chambers’ remarks, including a number of cops who took exception to his violent imagery.
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BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.