In The American Spectator, Rabbi Dov Fischer asks Americans to look at who is actually running the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota. He writes (abridged):
I am a big “Blue Lives Matter” guy. I love the police, and I love first-responders. Nevertheless, I have encountered bad apples, too. I have met cops who have lied, cops who have slapped “Resisting Arrest” on a person who did not resist arrest just so that there would be an extra misdemeanor charge that would scare an innocent arrestee to plead guilty to something lesser.
I taught my kids at a young age to respect the police, and when the kids were ready to take aim at California’s freeways and get their driver’s licenses I taught them that, if they ever are stopped by a cop, just be respectful and do whatever the cop says. Don’t argue with the cop, because he or she has a gun.
So that is my love affair with the police. I respect them. They protect my home, my neighborhood, my city. Without them there would be chaos.
There remains a disconnect for me. The horrific racist images from 1950s and 1960s Alabama and Mississippi came out of a climate of its place and time.
But look at who is running Minnesota and its law enforcement. The state attorney-general is one Keith Ellison, a Muslim Black radical who made quite a nice name for himself as a Jew-hater not all that long ago. The governor is another in a long line of Democrat liberals. The mayor of Minnesota is a radical left poster boy. The Jew-hater Ilhan Omar comes out of that same city’s muck. And the police chief of Minneapolis, Medaria Arrodondo, is Black and has been in charge for three years.
Rabbi Dov Fischer, Esq., a high-stakes litigation attorney of more than twenty-five years and an adjunct professor of law of more than fifteen years, is rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California. His legal career has included serving as Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review, clerking for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and then litigating at three of America’s most prominent law firms: JonesDay, Akin Gump, and Baker & Hostetler. In his rabbinical career, Rabbi Fischer has served several terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, is Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Coalition for Jewish Values, has been Vice President of Zionist Organization of America, and has served on regional boards of the American Jewish Committee, B’nai Brith Hillel, and several others. His writings on contemporary political issues have appeared over the years in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Jerusalem Post, National Review, American Greatness, The Weekly Standard, and in Jewish media in American and in Israel. A winner of an American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Legal Ethics, Rabbi Fischer also is the author of two books, including General Sharon’s War Against Time Magazine, which covered the Israeli General’s 1980s landmark libel suit