If you watch the video above you will see the mayor denying the attack was terrorism or had anything to do with Islam. It reminds me of the way German politicians responded to coordinated sexual assaults by immigrants.
But it also points to the need for the populace to be armed. We obviously can’t count on the terrorist-inspired shooters to only target cops.
From the Washington Times:
The man who opened fire on a Philadelphia police officer as he sat in his marked cruiser Thursday night proclaimed allegiance to the Islamic State terror group after he was taken into custody and used a stolen police gun in the ambush, officials said Friday.
“He has confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam,” Philadelphia Police Commission Richard Ross said. “According to him, he believes the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Koran.”
Commissioner Ross said during a news conference that investigators are serving search warrants Friday at homes where the 30-year-old suspect has stayed in the past in order to gather evidence about the shooting, including whether he has any legitimate ties to the Islamic State.
Officer Jessie Hartnett was struck three times in the arm by gunfire Thursday night after the man ran up to his police cruiser and opened fire in a dramatic ambush that was caught on a surveillance camera.
Officials said the suspect, who has not been named, fired 13 times — at one point with his arm all the way inside the police cruiser. Officer Hartnett was able to chase after the man, firing off several rounds that struck the suspect, and the man was later taken into custody by responding officers.
Officer Hartnett was described as awake and alert but expected to undergo several surgeries for his injuries.
Philadelphia police Homicide Capt. James Clark said that after the suspect was taken into custody, he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State multiple times.
“He just kept on echoing those sentiments, and he wouldn’t say anything more than that,” Capt. Clark said.
It is clear to me, as it is to at least one police chief, that the Second Amendment is more important than ever. We can’t afford enough police to protect us all.