Recent rioting, mass protests, and hooliganism…

RiotsDr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire asked if anyone has noticed how the incense and fervor over Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY had not just simmered down, it went ice cold?  With grand juries and the federal government, after very considerable deliberation, having all refused to indict and/or further investigate supposed police brutality/excessive force, a lot of air has escaped these inflated cases.  The media (and sadly, our president and the DOJ), assisted greatly in magnifying the drama leading up to the non indictments, but have been comparatively non existent in commentary since.  It’s as though Michael Brown and Eric Garner hardly ever existed, barely a footnote.  Amazing when you think of the “moral outrage” these cases generated.  Or rather the media fanned.  Amazing that this administration used Ferguson and Staten Island as examples of “what is wrong with race relations in America,” and now?

When the good guys (the police) appear to have taken appropriate actions, the show is essentially over.  It is much more media worthy for the police to be portrayed as blood thirsty dogs who specifically target black characters and use force disproportionate to the situation.  THAT issue has draw power, the makings of a box office hit.  It pulls the liberal Hollywood elite out of their Belmont mansions to march in the streets with the down trodden masses.  It solicits hate speeches against whites especially by the likes of the rev Al Sharpton.  These are the ingredients of media frenzy, and we fall victim to it all the time.  Well, actually not “we.”  I refuse to be included in that herd of white sheep who swooned to the “American conscience” and accept as fact that police wear black hats, and act out that evil role all the time against unsuspecting and totally innocent black youth. Riots3

Black, white, tan, yellow, red…..if you are acting belligerently to those who provide security, then God help you.  Actually May God help you to alter your personna….when innocent, ACT innocent.  Simple.  It is time for the focus of attention to be redirected from those who secure our neighborhoods to those who are committing crime, or appear as though they are.  THEIR behaviors need to change.  I blame the media and our current administration for the rioting, the mass protests, the hooliganism, and the wide spread criminal activity that surrounded both cases.  What might possibly have been a true teaching moment for black youths was fumbled away by the two black leaders in power who could have provided the lesson—Eric Holder and Barack Obama.


About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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