Mike Gallagher

Once again, a police officer barely escapes with his life — and people are ready to hang the cop.

The story out of New York City about the police shooting the guy at his bachelor party the night before his wedding has all the human drama one would expect.

The headlines don't pull any punches: "NYPD Officers Unload More Than 50 Rounds Into a Vehicle With Three Unarmed Men."

Sounds terrible, no? Like some kind of Lifetime TV Movie about a band of rogue cops, the media imply that a group of cops just came upon a car with three men in it — black men — and began shooting dozens of bullets into the innocent victims for the fun of it.

Well, this isn't Lifetime and these likely aren't rogue cops. They are police officers who work for the finest police department in the world, the New York City Police Department.

Certainly there's a possibility that these undercover officers, investigating the seedy after-hours club where the bachelor party was taking place for underage prostitution and drug offenses, did something wrong.

In fact, when all the details are confirmed, it could be that these officers made some terrible mistakes. We weren't there. In fact, it's been reported that there are very few eyewitness accounts.

But here's what we do know: At some point, the officers were engaged in a verbal confrontation with the men in the car.

Reports suggest that one of the officers, badge displayed, was on the hood of the car yelling, "Stop. Police. Put your hands where we can see them."

It's been reported that the driver of the car, the bridegroom-to-be, did not stop. He did not show his hands or acknowledge the now-identified police officer's demands.

He gunned the car and attempted to run the officer over, severely cutting his leg. Then, according to news reports, the driver backed up and began to gun it once again, aiming for the undercover police.

So when we see the headline, "Cops Shoot Unarmed Men," it is a gross mischaracterization.

Many police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty by being run over by a criminal behind the wheel of a car. A car is most definitely a weapon.

Once again, a police officer barely escapes with his life — and people are ready to hang the cop.

The story out of New York City about the police shooting the guy at his bachelor party the night before his wedding has all the human drama one would expect.

The headlines don't pull any punches: "NYPD Officers Unload More Than 50 Rounds Into a Vehicle With Three Unarmed Men."


Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is a nationally syndicated radio host, Fox News Channel contributor and guest host and author of 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate.



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