Albuquerque police are investigating how flyers that encourage the killing of officers found their way into copies of the Albuquerque Journal.
A spokesperson with APD said the flyers were stuck into newspapers, and a wife of an APD officer said one was even delivered to her doorstep.
The spokesperson said attacks and threats against police have been overwhelming at times. People have been calling in with death threats, their property has been vandalized multiple times, their social media sites have been inundated with various hate messages, and now these flyers.
We may look at this and condemn it. New Mexico’s KOB4 did exactly that, labelling the flyers “derogatory.”
The real question: why would people spare the expense, take the time and risk their freedom (and potentially their lives) to distribute these flyers? We don’t have to agree with the message or the tactic. But we are forced to recognize that individuals have become so alienated by law enforcement that they are willing to advocate violence. This indicates a structural problem. It is a problem that society will have to examine beyond the superficial. Beyond a simple “get the bad guys.”