Whose Child Does This?

It was approaching dusk outside the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynnwood, California. As the sun set, the air filled with the scent of devastating nearby wildfires, ambulances raced to the hospital’s emergency room bearing two grievously wounded LA County sheriff’s deputies.
The ambushed pair had been shot in the head while sitting in their patrol car.

Surveillance video caught the shooter quickly running to a waiting sedan indicating this was a planned attack. The small, hooded figure moved like a young person and the vision immediately made me think, “Who parented this person? Do they realize their child is capable of such an act?”

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department photos via AP
This Brazen Shooter Moved Like a Young Person

A smiling bystander filmed himself at the scene seemingly celebrating the shooting. “Two sheriffs shot right in the face! Somebody just ran up on the corner and bust on their a, right through the window!” What causes one human being to be gleeful at the pain or death of another? Is this the man his mother envisioned her child would become?

Screenshots from live streamed social media video
Really? Laughing at an Act of Possible Cold Blooded Murder?

As the wounded deputies fought for their lives inside the hospital a crowd of mostly young protestors danced outside, middle fingers extended to the sky, chanting, “We hope they die” and “Oink, oink.”

A few days later, there was a copycat shooting of another officer in Phoenix. He was shot in a drive-by incident as he stood guard outside the federal courthouse. Luckily, his vest saved his life and a young suspect was quickly apprehended.

Whose children are these? Did their parents forget to teach them about the sanctity of life? More importantly, what kind of country has this become when the good guys – officers who have taken an oath to keep us safe – are suddenly seen as the bad guys and coward criminals who shoot them are applauded as the hero?

screen shot from LA County Sheriff's Department via AP
After the LA Shooting Wounded Deputies Scramble to Safety

Peaceful protests are constitutionally protected and necessary for a democracy to thrive. But, please, don’t fail to understand that many protest marches are often cover for carefully choreographed violent episodes.

When will the young, genuinely peaceful protestors see that their events are being hijacked by dedicated troublemakers?

In July, a swarm of screaming young people suddenly descended upon an outdoor restaurant in Dallas. The protestors (let’s call them instigators) carried “No Justice, No Peace” and “Black Lives Matter” signs. They yelled vulgar obscenities at the multi-racial patrons, several children among them. Pushing and shoving ensued, items were hurled at the diners and it took Dallas police to stop the brawl.

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Violent Protests Hit Dallas in July

Do the parents of these Black and White kids realize their children bellow, “F* White people!” at total strangers? Did any of the instigator’s parents catch their antics on the evening news and, if so, what was their response?

In September in Rochester, New York a copycat group of young instigators converged on three outdoor restaurants. This intimidating protest followed release of a video showing how police handled a naked, mentally ill Black man high on PCP who later died in the hospital. Terrified diners scattered as BLM agitators toppled tables, threw chairs, broke glassware and screamed, “We’re shutting your party down!

These unlawful restaurant temper tantrums have occurred in several other locations including Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh and I’m betting we haven’t seen the last of them. They are orchestrated by young people who apparently don’t realize how badly they are hurting their cause and not helping it.

source: YouTube
Video of the Rochester Attack Was Posted on YouTube

We can only hope that ambush shootings of cops aren’t the next trend.

Who are these crude youths who have adopted the sick, coordinated playbook of disruption and violence? Some are disaffected Blacks from underprivileged families who truly see no justice in their future. But many are pampered, college educated white kids from middle class or wealthy families who joined the revolution and hypocritically scream in the face of others about the need to end “white privilege” and redistribute wealth. Do their parents agree?

Supporting a cause by hitting the streets is a sacred American right. Ramming a cause down other’s throats using violent and illegal behavior is not. As I watch these out of control scenes I wonder if the parents of these people are honestly proud of their offspring’s behavior. If not it’s probably way past time for them to sit down with their kids for a reality check.



  1. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Ken Cogan writes:

    Ms. Dimond:

    Please familiarize yourself with the story of Elijah McClain and then perhaps you can offer up the balancing bookend “What police officer kills a child and then celebrates?” Selective storytelling is the oldest form of propaganda. You’re accusing people who are having a knee (or a needle) rammed in their necks of ramming the need for it to stop down “everyone’s” throat.

    Ken Cogan

    • Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:11 am

      DD replies:

      So murder is okay … sometimes?

      • Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:12 am

        Ken replies:

        It’s okay to blame the oppressed when they lash out at their oppressors? Police can dance on EW’s grave but where is your indignance?

      • Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:12 am

        DD replies:

        I become indignant when murder is involved – – no matter who commits the murder, the police, the criminal or as you put it, “the oppressed.”

        I respect your right to have your opinion. I’m hoping you extend the same courtesy to me.

        • Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:14 am

          Ken replies:

          Apparently that indignation is reserved for one group of people. Your ancestors were not murdered for learning to read or write, yet you use your privilege to propagate the myth that “all lives matter” in America.

          As long as people who look like you and I pretend that our privilege was self-earned or that families of color can find justice walking up the courthouse steps under the watchful eye of Nathaniel Bedford Forrest, it is hypocrisy to claim that “all lives matter”.

          I respect all people, not their biases. When you use your pulpit to divide, don’t be so surprised when you get called out for it.

          • Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:18 am

            DD replies:

            I respect your right to your opinion. But I believe you are wrong. My indignation is NOT reserved for one group of people but for the whole human race. If it makes you feel better to call me out on some assumed bias, feel free.

  2. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Kevin McKeown writes:

    When I see Black people shouting obscenities and death to Cops and following them into a hospital trying to kill them, this is the start of civil war and I’m going to give it to them.

    I am sick and tired of the garbage that I hear and see coming from certain segments of this country: people of all levels ranging from political leaders, BLM protesters, shouting things like death to Cops, assassinate the president, kill white people. This is Civil War stuff and I’m telling you right now they’re going to get it. This scum means business, and it has to be stopped right now. It’s not funny.

    When you tell somebody that you want them dead, there’s something wrong with your brain. I hate to say it but people, good people with guns are going to put this treasonous, insurrection down by shooting these bastards. And killing them, because it’s the lives of good people that are at stake right now. I guarantee it. Statements such as kill the cops are not just undignified, it’s a sickness. It’s the Nazi SS, and brownshirts all over again.

    America is a good country, NOT RACIST, and it baffles me how, with all the opportunity and money floating around in this country, that it could produce such an ugly subset of irresponsible garbage people that are self-centered, narcissistic, arrogant, self-absorbed, angry, and just a collective bunch of scumbags. And they’re not even paying back their student loans. Like I did, for 10 years.

    There is to be absolutely no support for their violent ugly message. Whatever the hell that is.

    Kevin McKeown

  3. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:21 am

    SANDY NELSON writes:

    Great article today! I have been saying the same thing for several months now. If I saw my child doing any of those things I would grab my kid by the ear and yank them home. I would be out of control furious and I can’t imagine another parent wouldn’t also. Just a quick note. Love your articles.


  4. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Scher Mann writes:

    Bullet proof mirror tint glass and field detection radar (eg. automatic doors) to monitor close movements around vehicles… NEXT!

  5. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Barry Castro writes:

    Parents who were to busy doing other things besides spending time with him and teaching him right from wrong. Parents who are unaware of what their child is learning from social media and their friends. Parents who don’t understand, that if you don’t teach your children what to believe in, then someone else will. Parents who shouldn’t have had children.

  6. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Edward Burke writes:

    That was one of Lucifer’s Kids who we see doing that. He’s a communist, an Atheist, he hates God and Man, and he has no conscience at all. He was enjoying himself

  7. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Chris Santos writes:

    The nihilistic movement began roughly 100 years ago. The Frankfurt School has produced our dear critical theory, moral relativism, and a long march through the institutions. The latter includes the ‘academic’ world, the media, professional sports, and Hollywood. And now, the movement has found a useful ally in the Democrat Party. Nihilism has begotten the likes of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, and Pol Pot. They did not believe in the sanctity of human life to say the least.

    Young people have been raised in such a toxic environment. It can only produce tyranny and destruction as part of an act of rebellion against life itself.

    And as far as I know, the NBA didn’t cancel any games because of this act of wanton violence in Los Angeles. Some victims are more equal than others.

  8. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Press on. . .writes:

    What do you expect when chaos reigns? Many have lost their civilized status as they become animals. No virtues, no values, no love, no forgiveness, no Commandments, no beliefs, no principles, no laws, no logic, no ethics, no morals, no reasoning, self satisfaction, no lessons learned, no best practices, no excellence, no Tangible Results. Just envy, just covet, just jealously, just self centered, just misery and unhappiness. Discover the light of Jesus the Christ Word. Com in from the darkness, let Jesus’s love into your life.

  9. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Sharon Brown writes:

    If you don’t teach your child to have a conscience by the time they are very young, you and your child will suffer for the choices they make

  10. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Drichard77 writes:

    Yes. Who are they? How do they have so much time on their hands? After this shooting- protestors were at the hospital yelling -I hope they die. So much hate. Our world needs Jesus.

  11. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Guy Kurt writes:

    Well, we’ve seen in one fatal case the son gave the father the gun that killed a Trump supporter.

    In others it’s generationally being fed. It’s a victimization mentality that justifies stealing and looting.

    They interviewed a kid in Chicago who claimed the system made him hit a Gucci store.

    And the parents don’t care. They actually justify this behavior.
    When you consistently and relentlessly feed people with a narrative that they are victims what do you expect to happen?

    Individual responsibility is gone. America is at a turning point. Apparently everyone is a victim of something or someone, therefore, burn it all down. In the name of whatever fancies you.

  12. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Cliff Darnell writes:

    Frustration is a strange emotion. Frustration with the political system (in my opinion ) produced Trump, the disruptor, as candidate and ultimately president. Frustration is a product of insecurities.

    We are creatures of habit, unfortunately we have a lot of bad ones. A child needs to ” belong”, needs the stability of some kind of unit from age 0 to 11. without that foundation … here we are. .. children of the street have weaponized their hands. ///
    (And) Parenting…… The importance of parenting is lost/neglected until it’s too late….

  13. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Baxter Porter VI writes:

    I think it’s fair to say that ANY person who decides to become an assassin in America, whether it be the attempted assassination of these two sheriff deputies, or an individual who would walk into a public space (movie theater, elementary school, etc), probably didn’t have the best relationship with their parent(s).
    And if they did have a great relationship with their parent(s), the parent would be an advocate of the violence. Probably even encouraged.

    (members of America’s armed service members excluded, of course.)

  14. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Rob Farella writes:

    “sick evil people”

  15. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Lorrie Sarafin writes:

    More important question – how many of these youngsters have been on prescription drugs for ADHD or depression and for how many years?

  16. Diane Dimond on September 21, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Jonathan Swartz writes:

    Another great article Diane! I of course came from the generation where people thought that too much violence on television and video games caused children to become violent. Of course I believe that we should protest, although nonviolently. I think parents need to teach their children to protest whatever they want, but to be civil and obey the law.

  17. Diane Dimond on September 22, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Jo Martin writes:

    This may be your best column, ever! But maybe I think that because I so agree. Am so tired of seeing mothers on camera crying that their baby boy was so gentle & loving he couldn’t have killed _______. I call b**ls**t.

    Thanks for speaking the truth!

    Your fan, jo

  18. Diane Dimond on September 22, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Boblemoullec writes:

    Not every parent is in control of their kids. It’s sad.

  19. Diane Dimond on September 22, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Onealapts writes:

    Some of the parents have to be so embarrassed and full of shame

  20. Diane Dimond on September 22, 2020 at 11:42 am

    shannonsamaritan writes:

    A broken person. Broken. This is what happens when you vote away shame.

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