In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump took lots of flack for speaking out against the violent “alt-left.” A recent tragedy in Florida proves that Mr. Trump was right — yet again.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, two police officers in the city of Kissimmee, Florida, were gunned down by Everett Glenn Miller, 45. Miller’s social media posts allegedly showed animosity towards cops, but they were not acted upon. Tragically, Officer Matthew Baxter and Sergeant Richard “Sam” Howard died in the line of duty after the 9:30 P.M. shooting.
So far, investigators have pieced together the events that led up to this tragedy.
Both officers participated in a routine stop at Cypress Street. Miller seems to have opened fire on the unsuspecting officers, then fled to Roscoe’s Bar located at 2344 N. Orange Blossom Trail. There, at around 11:30 P.M., deputies with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office found Miller, and when he reached for his waistband, they tackled him.
All told, Miller has been charged with first-degree murder, carrying a concealed weapon, and resisting arrest. President Trump responded to this shooting by tweeting out his thoughts and prayers to the Baxter and Howard families.
As for Miller’s social media accounts, his Facebook page expressed anger about the Charlottesville protests, slavery, and the KKK. In one post, Miller’s page shared a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. encouraging people to “shoot back”.
At Christian News Alerts, we have roundly condemned the evil that was on display in Charlottesville, but, unfortunately, Miller succumbed to the very hatred he despised by reportedly committing cold-blooded murder.
According to his now-deleted Facebook page, Miller was a decorated Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan in several intelligence capacities (all of this information has yet to be independently verified).
The violence perpetrated by Miller is just another example of alt-left violence that has seen an uptick in recent years. Last year, a man named Micah X. Johnson killed five Dallas Police officers. When cornered, Johnson reportedly told negotiators that he simply wanted to kill white people.
Later that summer, another suspect named Gavin Long murdered three Baton Rogue police officers in the wake of the death of Alton Sterling. A suicide note implies that Long was possibly motivated by racial hatred and anti-police views.
Right after Miller’s deadly attack, Derrick Brabham wounded two Jacksonville police officers during a domestic violence situation. Social media posts indicated that Brabham hates President Trump.
It is time for the media to address the problem of violence coming from alt-left groups such as Antifa, who have been known to express anti-police bigotry in chaotic and violent ways. We cannot stand idly by as neo-Nazis, Antifa, or any other fringe movements seek to unravel the very fabric of American society.
Evil, whatever its name, should be called out consistently and with the conviction that comes with being a follower of Christ first and a patriotic American second. We must also fervently pray that our country will truly unite as “one nation under God” once more, in a firm belief that all persons are created equal and have innate worth and dignity.