He actually said it.
Speaking on his Internet show on Wednesday, libertarian pundit, gun rights activist and former resident of a D.C. prison Adam Kokesh partially defended the actions of Jerad and Amanda Miller, the far-right extremists who recently killed two police officers, a civilian and themselves in a Las Vegas public shooting.Well, at least he noted:
He also argued that because America’s political institutions — including the police — have become “homicidal … against freedom,” it was wrong to see the Millers’ unprovoked killing spree as acts of murder rather than self-defense.
“Let’s say someone is going around stabbing people, like, just stabbing people,” Kokesh said. “It’s not murder to kill someone in that situation. And [as] has been pointed out about the Vegas shooting, when you have police officers that are going around and doing violent things all day long, and then they take a break for lunch, well, it doesn’t mean all of the sudden they’re innocent or they’re being peaceful because they’re taking a break from all of their other anti-freedom, rights-violating violence,” he continued.
Kokesh argued next that the Millers had, if anything, saved lives by murdering two police. “Think of how many lives might have been saved by this incident,” he urged his audience. “How many people would these cops have killed had they not been killed?”
In the end, Kokesh called the killing “not necessarily unjustified violence,” even if it was “crazy and stupid.”Oh gee, how nice of him to at least acknowledge that. (He may just be upset that the husband was in fact very much a fan of his, so he's now lost a devoted listener.)
And it's not just Kokesh who thinks this. I noted last week that another libertarian, the one who brought Kokesh's girlfriend into the libertarian fold, posted the following about cops:
My cause is that of peace and freedom. Not shooting innocent people for no reason (cops are not innocent).Welcome to this new strain of libertarianism. At least Kokesh will soon be serving a prison sentence of up to 15 years for what he did. No telling how many of his devotees will take up his cause, though. Don't think this is the end of it. Things will get worse. A lot worse.
No cop is innocent...when you put on that costume and assert the job description of someone who uses violence against people who don't comply with your and the governments orders, you are far from innocent.
And I mean the officers. That's like saying "oh no that nazi was innocent because he was a good guy and treated his family and friends well!" He still wore the costume and took that job.