(Washington, D.C.) – Ronald T. Hosko, the president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund who served as the assistant director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) until April 2014, responded to the assassination of two New York Police Department officers Saturday, saying:
“The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund extends our heartfelt sympathies to the families of these fallen heroes, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, as well as the entire New York Police Department. Saturday’s assassinations are a painful and poignant reminder of the danger that police officers face each and every day in their selfless and courageous efforts to protect our communities.
“While the criminal who shot these officers down is ultimately responsible for their murders, a thoughtful society must examine the social circumstances that fostered such outrageous criminal conduct.
“To those who have chosen to incite violence against law enforcement through the reckless vilification of police officers – shame on you. From race provocateurs looking for five minutes of fame, to those in the media who wantonly mischaracterized and sensationalized recent criminal cases, to the government officials who have repeatedly made statements designed to undermine legitimate law enforcement efforts across our nation – it’s time to reexamine your own words and actions and take your share of responsibility.
“Men and women in uniform wear a target every day; law enforcement is under daily attack from those who seek to evade responsibility. Morale among those who serve is damaged and divisions are only widened when the facts are buried in an anti-police narrative.
“We desperately hope for no repeat of the madness of December 20th and for real leadership to step forward to have a meaningful conversation about the critical role of law enforcement in a civil society.”