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A former police chief slammed Ben and Jerry’s, proclaiming that the company “waded into the anti-police rhetoric being pushed by Marxist groups and their enablers in the Democrat Party.”
The Law Enforcement Today op-ed suggested the ice cream company may want to “stick to making their overpriced crappy ice cream and stay out of politics and law enforcement.”
“Ben and Jerry’s, founded by throwback hippies loves to preach to the little people about all the typical liberal causes,” the op-ed began. “Even though its founders no longer own the company, it still likes to get involved in the cause of the week.”
Causes like offering free treats to anarchists and left-wing revolutionaries intent on ushering in a complete break down of law and order in the U.S.
Ben & Jerry’s rolled up its truck in Seattle’s “occupied protest” blocks to give out free ice cream pic.twitter.com/N7jhExSSFA
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) June 15, 2020
At issue was a recent Ben & Jerry’s blog post that commented on qualified immunity: “Qualified immunity allows police officers, while in the line of duty, to do pretty much anything to anybody, without fear of punishment.”
Pointing out how “flawed” the piece was, the former law enforcement official noted that is was factually incorrect, saying that qualified immunity does NOT “shield police officers from punishment for their misconduct.”
“Police officers who commit egregious acts in the performance of their duty are absolutely not indemnified from lawsuits, unlike political officials who do the same thing,” he wrote.
The editorial shared a take on qualified immunity from Lawfare blog:
“Qualified immunity is a judicially created doctrine that shields government officials from being held personally liable for constitutional violations—like the right to be free from excessive police force—for money damages under federal law so long as the officials did not violate ‘clearly established law’” Nowhere in that legal definition is it implied or stated that officers can “do pretty much anything to anybody without fear of punishment.”
Ben & Jerry’s is also called out for their hypocrisy, as the ex-chief charged that the company “seems to employ the very same racism they accuse others of employing.”
“It is interesting that for a company as ‘woke’ as Ben and Jerry’s, they have their headquarters in very white Waterbury, Vermont with a primarily white workforce,” he wrote. “Yet they lecture the rest of the country, and police in particular on alleged ‘systemic racism.’”
The blog post called attention to “police violence” during recent protests that look an awful lot like riots, which drew his ire.
“Clearly, Ben and Jerry’s has not been privy to a television these past two months, which have shown police officers being mowed down by cars, shot, beaten, stabbed, had any number of dangerous objects hurled at them, and been the targets of commercial grade fireworks, including mortars,” the op-ed noted.
The piece included several videos of the so-called “peaceful protests,” to include the video seen here:
Highlighting a section of the Ben & Jerry blog post titled, “A Crisis of Police Violence,” the former police chief added sorely missing perspective — perspective sure to get you labeled a “racist” in post-Obama America.
Claim: “As of this writing, police have killed 598 people in 2020. Police have killed, on average about 1000 people per year since 2015.”
Wow, that sounds really bad, especially when no context is provided to explain the shootings. The writer does not say out of those 598 police-involved killings, how many of them were completely justified, because that would detract from their attempted narrative that police are hunting down American people. The source for this number is a left-leaning site called “Mapping Police Violence,” not a reliable source such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Claim: “Black people make up only 13% of the US population but represent 28% of those killed by police since 2013.”
According to the Uniform Crime Report in 2016, 52% of violent crime in the United States was committed by blacks, with whites committing 45% of violent crimes. In murder cases, blacks committed 60.8% of murders, while whites committed 35.9%. So, while the statistics on percentage of population and percentage of blacks killed by police are correct, the fact that blacks commit larger percentage of violent crimes may explain that number. Pesky facts.
These being just a few of the grievances with the anti-police blog post.
In the end, the editorial suggested: “Ben and Jerry’s should stick to gouging people $5.00 a pint for their ice cream, and the founders, who are also down with the anti-police schtick go enjoy the millions of dollars they have earned on the backs of low paid employees and gullible consumers.”
“Might we suggest ice cream such as Haagen Dazs or Dove? They taste better, are probably cheaper, and you’re not supporting a company that supports a Marxist agenda,” the law enforcement veteran concluded.