Police Chief Won’t Allow Prejudice to Enter Investigation

(KCPW News) Some bloggers and at least one major news outlet are feeding the rumor that Sulejman Talovic was on a personal jihad when he went on a shooting rampage at Trolley Square killing five. They allege that videotape of the shooting shows the Bosnian national shouting the Arabic phrase Allahu Akbar, or God is Great, before dying in a firefight with police. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says none of the evidence supports such speculation:

“You know, the only claims that we have heard of that are coming from Fox News, and we have had several other news stations look at the video and the audio from that, as well as some of our experts here in town have gone through that, and we don’t see it — nor does anyone else but Fox News.”

Burbank says such speculation verges on hate speech and is harmful to the community, especially other Bosnians and Muslims living in Salt Lake. It is an attitude the police chief says he will not allow into the investigation: “In fact, if I find officers that are conducting investigations based on bias or prejudice, well, I’m going to fire them; I don’t want them around.”

Which brings us to the timeless puzzle: If a Muslim yells “Allahu Akbar” while on a homicide-suicide mission, but no conservative or anti-jihadist is around to hear it, was “Allahu Akbar” yelled?

Or:

If audio/video equipment records a Muslim yelling “Allahu Akbar,” but no conservative is around to watch the footage, did the audio/video record a Muslim yelling “Allahu Akbar”?

Or:

If a Muslim yells “Allahu Akbar” while on a homicide-suicide mission, but Fox News isn’t around to report it, was “Allahu Akbar” yelled?

That seems to be the timeless, perplexing question. Recall John Kerry’s “You end up in Iraq” comment with which the congressman hanged himself on national TV. That was when audio/video proof officially became a subjective matter, as dispatches from the Associated Press and others reported on the incident as “Republicans say he said…” rather than “The camera says he said…”

So one might ask: If a Democrat embarrasses himself on national television, but no Republican is around to care, did the Democrat embarrass himself?

Now, considering that it took a year for the authorities to rule that the shooting by Hesham Hedayet at an El-Al Counter at LAX on July 4th, 2002 was in fact terrorism, one supposes that the conundrum/riddle should be adjusted to the following: If a Muslim yells “Allahu Akbar” before killing and being killed, but no PC-unfiltered ears are around to hear it, will the sound take a year to travel?

Considering that the family of the man who shot seven people at the top of the Empire State Building in 1997 has finally only now, through the blogosphere, managed to get their message out past the media which censored it 10 years ago that this Palestinian man was making a statement against U.S. support of Israel, it appears that sound can take even a decade to travel.

Let’s try to remember to stay tuned.

To make a related point, considering how hard-won the much heralded hate crimes legislations were for the Left, how are police expected to investigate these hate crimes without asking the relevant questions? That Burbank schmuck has only himself to blame, for saying an hour after the massacre, before even starting an investigation, that it wasn’t terrorism. Had he not been such a dhimmi, he wouldn’t have to worry about covering now.