Conduct Unbecoming
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July 8, 2016 6:55 pm ET

Congressman Cummings needs to be censured after disgraceful show at Congressional hearing

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Photo credit/Facebook: “I have been stopped 50 million times.”  Oh really Congressman!

As I awoke to the news of the deadly ambush against police officers in Dallas, I could not help but think of the Congressional hearings yesterday involving FBI Director James Comey and his decision against recommending the indictment of Hillary Clinton. In the end, the hearing was what most pundits predicted—a public display based on partnerships.

However, the hearing also featured one of the most disgusting comments I have ever heard.

That rant was delivered by MD Congressman Elijah J. Cummings. What was especially shocking was that the rant had nothing to do with the matters before the committee.

Not only were his remarks ill-timed and out of context, they were baseless on the totality of the Black Lives Matter movement.

How can I make that statement? How can I back that up?

Go ahead and Google information for stats involving police shootings. You will see a wide range of numbers and agendas ranging from the “left of left” to the “most extreme right.”

I present to you two mainstream media reports that take different paths. First, we have the Washington Post’s take on the issue:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/wp/2015/12/26/2015/12/26/a-year-of-reckoning-police-fatally-shoot-nearly-1000/

On the other end of the spectrum we have Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and his view:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4848033175001/shocking-violence-in-chicago/?intcmp=hpbt2#sp=show-clips

The bottom line: this is a volatile subject and can be viewed in a variety of ways.

What is not in dispute is the issue of how the problem is expressed by such groups like Black Lives Matter, as seen in this YouTube clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xNxoeqf0Ws

In addition, social media sites like Twitter expand on the words of hatred, according to news reports as illustrated in this link:

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/07/08/black-lives-matter-supporters-celebrate-police-deaths-twitter/

In order to clarify, there are two sides to the coin, and—no doubt—the extreme right has its response to this issue as well.

Groups like the KKK and the Aryan Brotherhood, I’m quite sure, will have their own hate messages out there.

Here is my beef.

First, I cannot stand people who have political power and influence using their bully pulpit to spread an anti-police message.

Let’s start off with Congressman Cummings’ ugly display of inappropriate closing remarks at the Congressional hearings on FBI Director Comey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvVfcBePiTI

Now, let’s look at a situation in our own backyard involving the Freddie Gray case. Remember this news conference involving Baltimore City States Attorney Marilyn Mosby?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-AUQ1haAtE

Now listen to the President and his remarks involving police shootings:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL3tRgsqMmw

Guns! Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.

Here are three powerful people who are rendering, in my opinion, a pre-judgement statement without due process. This is eerily reminiscent of what we saw in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as what just happened in the first three trials in the Freddie Gray case.

For Congressman Cummings to use his position of power to make statements on the recent police shootings of black men before any investigation is complete is beyond the pale of common sense and the dignity of his office.

However, you know that there will be no consequence.

Again, you may ask how I can make that accusation. Here is my answer.

(Oh, by the way, I will debunk two myths with this analogy.)

First, remember the O’Reilly piece. The number one reason for the deaths of young black men in this country is homicide at the hands of other black men.

https://www.cdc.gov/men/lcod/2011/lcodblackmales2011.pdf

Here is an interesting article regarding the Presidents thoughts on the Chicago slaughter:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/us/chicago-obama-gun-violence/

My next question is, where is the hue and cry in the form of BLM protesting this violence?

Former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis has some thoughts on this issue:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9Nr61NWCeM

I will leave you with one final thought.

Is this a black and white issue shrouded in gray? Once you figure out the meaning of that question, we may find some common ground from which to move forward.

In closing, I just want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to all victims of violence in any form. I pray for a healing of our nation’s collective soul.