Attitudes About Cops Leading to ‘Injury and Death,’ Says Black Louisiana State Senator

Elbert Guillory

As the long hot summer of 2015 ends and 2016 national elections are little more than a year away, America has seen both increased boldness and aggression from the far-left, establishment Democrat-backed Black Lives Matter movement, a surreal on-air homicide in Virgina by a black racist, and several brutal murders of police officers around the country. Aside from the shocking execution-style cop killing Friday night in Texas, earlier in the week, police officer Henry Nelson was killed in the line of duty in the small town of Sunset, Louisiana.

Breitbart News reached out to State Senator Elbert Guillory, who represents the town of Sunset and knew Officer Nelson. Guillory made headlines in 2013 when he publicly abandoned the Democrat party and became a Republican, urging black voters to join him and “leave the plantation.”

Guillory told Breitbart News that Henry Nelson was “a big man, very gentle and very professional. His loss is devastating. The people of Sunset loved him because he was good to the folks in the community.” Nelson was shot after answering a domestic disturbance call. It was the ninth death of a Louisiana law enforcement officer in 2015 so far, something that Guillory looks on with a heavy heart, telling Breitbart:

All of these law enforcement lives lost…that’s a bitter pill for a Louisianan to swallow. We’re better than that, our people are better than that statistic would indicate.

But we do have a problem, and part of the problem is the garbage we’re putting into our children. The violence, disrespectful words, the profanity…the garbage used to be illegal to put on the air. Now the people are bombarded with that so they’ve become desensitized and dehumanized by that garbage.

Even though it’s currently out of fashion to discuss personal responsibility, race and law enforcement, Guillory has a common sense view of the police that is almost entirely absent from the the Black Lives Matter-driven racial narrative. While fully acknowledging that there are times when he’s been pulled over without apparent cause — something activists call “driving while black” — Guillory is also keenly aware of the emboldened, entitled and confrontational attitude towards police that many black Americans have developed. He stated:

I’m a brother of the badge. I’ve been a reserve police officer for twenty-four years and I’m from a law enforcement family and so I see it directly on the streets, the confrontation. ‘You can’t arrest me. Why you stopping me? I don’t have to put my hands up. What do you want? I don’t have to show you you my driver’s license.’ Just absolute confrontation. And those type of confrontations often lead to injury or death.

During the civil rights period, and even more recently as I’ve traveled the roads of America, I’ve been pulled over many times — sometimes, for no valid reason. But because I was raised by good parents, I’ve always been respectful of that authority. The challenge should not come on the streets; it can come later.

We’ve become a state of no consequences. It starts at home, where little children — two and three-year-olds — learn to be disrespectful and have no borders or limits and they carry that on into the school system, where violence and disrespect are commonplace. And there are no consequences for it.

Guillory pulls no punches in the role that the Obama administration has taken in creating the toxic atmosphere between black America and the police:

I truly believe that every life matters, so casting a movement as Black Lives Matter is unfortunate, especially after Ferguson, because the facts indicate that there was no police misconduct in that situation.“Hands up, don’t shoot”— that was a lie. Black witnesses came forward in Ferguson and told the story that Michael Brown was wrong and the cop was right. It should have stopped right there.

In Ferguson, Obama and Holder had to find something. That was a terrible mistake; undermining the police officers there and of police officers in general.

Part of that is that Obama is not steeped in the American culture. His parents were not part of American culture and his grandparents — certainly on one side — they were not. Obama wasn’t the recipient of those generations of American wisdom. So, he’s fallen prey to these charlatans on race and he’s become one of them.

A portion of the interview can be heard below:


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