Friday, April 10, 2009
Did Richard Poplawski's Hatred Fuel An Attack On Police?
Did white supremest beliefs supply the motive for Richard Poplawski shooting rage? Polawski is the man believed to have ambushed and killed three Pittsburgh police officers last week. Prejudice is being bantered around as a possible motive. Poplawski apparently posted on the internet under the name "Braced for Fate." Anti Semitic postings believed to be his are rather disturbing. Some may have even foreshadowed the fateful shooting as he wrote that he was "probably ramping up the activism in the near future." Could prompt action have prevented this fateful tragedy? 3 officers slain
Poplawski referred to himself as a "skinhead" in some posts. He wrote about the "ultimate victory for our people" by "taking back our nation." He pontificated that " ... A revolutionary is always regarded as a nutcase at first, their ideas dismissed as fantasy."
Poplawski's act of shooting more than 100 rounds at officers on April 4 was more then delusional, it was a psychotic act of terror. The police had little chance of knowing this 911 call concerning a domestic disturbance would turn into a full fledged ambush.
In fairness, Poplawski is to be presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law. In the interim, don't be surprised if his defense team pursues an insanity defense.