Dan Bongino, who is a former New York police officer, injected some common sense perspectives into the ongoing situation in Ferguson, MO, involving rioting and local police response.
“There’s nothing that inspires liberty about trying to take someone else’s liberty and their property,” he said. “The minute you cause harm to someone else or break into someone’s business, you haven’t respected anyone else’s civil rights either.”
Following the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, riots have plagued the town on a nightly basis. Dozens of local businesses have suffered break-ins, property damage, and robberies.
“If there’s one thing the American people hate and deserve protection from, it’s chaos,” said Bongino, who was a top Secret Service agent under Presidents Bush and Obama and organized several foreign trips in hostile environments.
Differentiating between the peaceful protestors and the lawbreakers, Bongino berated those who are taking advantage of the situation.
“There are a lot of people there who are professional chaos-causers. They’re there to start a riot.”
According to a recent Washington Post story, out-of-town “militants” and looters have been growing in numbers, many of them organizing through online communities. Some have identified as being part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was also known for its use of violent riots.
“I was a police officer,” Bongino said. “It’s very difficult to have someone screaming at you, in your face, for two and three hours at a time, and then have a Molotov cocktail fly over your head. For many of these policemen, this is a nine to five job for them. They have to go home to kids at night as well.”
Bongino, who is a candidate in a Maryland Congressional race, also acknowledged that the National Guard should exercise restraint.
“This could escalate quickly based on the optics of bringing in the National Guard, so it’s going to require some discipline and good management.”
“I have a very libertarian streak,” he added. “I think the militarization of police departments is a serious issue in some respects. But this equipment has been around a long time.”
When asked what President Obama’s response should be regarding the situation, Bongino offered some blunt criticism for his former boss.
“Some leadership would be nice, for once.”
Bongino’s complete remarks begin about two minutes into the video.