More than five dozen New York City Police officers have been hospitalized with serious injuries since the start of the insurrection that has rocked the Big Apple for more than a week now, and last night two more NYPD cops were shot and another was stabbed in the neck.

Scores of law enforcement officials all over the country have been killed or injured since the violent riots broke out in the wake of George Floyd's death. Yet Democrats and the media continue to blame the police for the violence. That is, when they are not blaming President Trump.

The presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, while speaking in Philadelphia on Wednesday, seemed to suggest that the police are responsible for instigating the violence saying it is not "acceptable for our police sworn to protect and serve all people to escalate tension.” How exactly have the police been escalating the tension?

We've seen it night after night as America's brave police officers have placed themselves between violent thugs who hurl bricks and set fires and the citizens and businesses they are sworn to protect, risking their own lives in the process. To suggest that the police are encouraging these anarchists is calculated political speak to convince certain voters that law enforcement is the problem and not their flawed policies.

Liz Warren ran against the police. Hillary Clinton ran against the police. And Barack Obama vilified the police while he was in office, which led to police assassinations and the memorable Black Lives Matter chants, "pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon" and "What do we want? Dead Cops. When do we want it? Now."

Warren, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats have joined protests in D.C. but will not stand with the police and National Guard units that have kept them safe from the violence. Warren and Bernie Sanders have accused the police of viciously attacking "peaceful protestors" with tear gas, which was proven to be a lie.

It's an election year and the Democrats are using their usual divisive tactics to court voters by vilifying the police. In doing so, they are putting a target on the backs of our police officers and placing their lives at risk. This is unacceptable behavior and they should be held accountable for it.

Be very wary of any scoundrel who sides with violent anarchists over the men and women of our nation's police departments.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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