"Nazi Cops" and Hate Groups: More Lies From the Left

"Nazi Cops" and Hate Groups: More Lies From the Left

Just yesterday, we analyzed and dismantled a piece released by shameless leftist writer Angela Bronner-Helm for similarly-leftist media outlet The Root, in which she demonized law enforcement without evidence. Just one day later, Helm is back at it again.

This time, the target of Helm's ire is the president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, John McNesby. Let's dive right in:

For any significant change to American policing to occur, we have to upend police unions, which wield extraordinary power and influence.

Most times police unions support their officers unconditionally, even when it’s more than obvious that police are in the wrong; they also tend to disparage victims of police brutality, as well as a plethora of other deplorable acts.

Helm points out something leftists hate to admit — union corruption is one of the most pervasive problems facing America's workforce.

Of course, because police unions generally don't throw millions at Democratic causes, they don't qualify for the same leftist protections. Therefore, any benefits police enjoy as a result of unionization must be shut down.

What specific example of union corruption is Helm referring to in this instance? Here it is:

Last September, for instance, the president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, John McNesby, called one of his officer’s Nazi tattoos “not a big deal.”

Oh no! McNesby is a Nazi sympathizer! Or is he?

The police officer Helm claims to have "Nazi tattoos" is Ian Hans Lichtermann, who has an eagle inscribed on his left forearm, centered under the word "Fatherland."

Clearly, Officer Lichtermann is a Nazi sympathizer, right? Well, no.

Officer Lichtermann is a member of the International German American Police Association. Founded in 1976, the group is "an organization of Philadelphia Police Officers who [want] to further public knowledge of the many contributions made by German-Americans in the field of law enforcement." The group is no more racist or hateful than any other heritage foundation. Here's their crest:

Eagle ≠ Nazism

Eagle ≠ Nazism

For some reason, leftists lose their minds whenever an eagle is spotted on a white person. Perhaps it's important to point out that in Germany, where Nazi symbolism is literally against the law, the Federal Government's official logo is a stylized eagle:



An Internal Affairs investigation into Officer Lichtermann cleared him of any wrongdoing, and in the ten years he has had the tattoo, there have been no disciplinary issues raised against him. Of course, the leftist narrative must be preserved, even at the cost of ignoring evidence. Helm persists with her rhetoric:

And at a “Back the Blue” rally last week to protest Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s new policy of releasing the names of officers who shoot anyone while on duty, McNesby showed his support of an officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old black man in the back, calling those who protested that killing “a pack of rabid animals.”

HuffPost Black Voices reports that the officer in that case, Ryan Pownall, fatally shot David Jones, who ran from a traffic stop on June 8. This marks the second time Pownall has shot a black man in the back as he was fleeing. In 2010, he shot Carnell Williams-Carney who ran from cops while having an illegal gun on him.

Williams-Carney is now paralyzed. Jones is dead.

The way Helm writes this, you would think that Williams-Carney had a gun but Jones posed no threat and was killed by Officer Pownall in cold blood. For some reason, Helm forgets to mention that witnesses saw Jones ignore Officer Pownall's commands and pulled a gun from his waistband:

One of the more popular points leftists love to make is the supposed indefensible nature of shooting someone in the back as they run away. Of course, once you think about it for more than two seconds, it's easy to see that an armed criminal can run away while aiming and firing a gun:

The pack of rabid animals McNesby refers to in his statement is a group of Black Lives Matter thugs that stormed Officer Pownall's neighborhood after Jones attempted (unsuccessfully) to kill him. They planted themselves outside Pownall's home and spent over an hour angrily yelling threats and racial slurs. Pennsylvania State Representative Martina White had this to say:

“While I fully support lawful protests as provided by the First Amendment, yesterday’s events were not that. Instead, Black Lives Matter activists invaded a residential neighborhood without a permit, utilized bullhorns to spew profanity, and threatened an endless occupation of that neighborhood until their demands are met.

This same unlawful protest also required a contingent of police officers who would otherwise be working to preserve safety across our city to instead protect the residents of this neighborhood, including the officer and his family.

It is shocking to me that Police Commissioner Richard Ross and Mayor Jim Kenney allowed this illegal occupation to go on for hours without taking any action to enforce the law, and I question whether the police department has been ordered to stand down when it comes to addressing this Black Lives Matter action.”
— Martina White, in a 08-25-17 statement

Helm ends her hit-piece with this:

By the way, that officer—the Nazi—is still policing the streets of Philadelphia, as is the guy who shot two people in the back.

Again, there is zero evidence Officer Lichtermann is a Nazi. And while yes, Officer Pownall did shoot two people in the back, that's generally what happens when you pull a gun on a police officer. But by all means, Helm, keep writing this garbage — we'll keep exposing the lies.

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