- 9:33 AM, Thursday,
August 21st, 2014:
- Man, how did we
get this far off track? Honestly, the police in the
Rodney King beating showed more restraint... yet
people still can't seem to understand why this is
detrimental to our society.
- I'm not getting
into the Ferguson issue right now because the truth
is, none of us have the information necessary to make
a solid judgment. Brotha was massive, could have
easily been attacking the officer and we may never
know what happened. Eye-witnesses are worthless and
there is no video. But this Powell video is an
entirely different thing...
- In an attempt to
defend those officers I've heard everything from "he
asked for it" to he was "charging them". Understand
this... my only issue is with training proceedure
these officers followed because one dude with a steak
knife vs two dudes with a knife never has to end like
that. Ever. I mean the entire concept of it is
laughable. If you and your fellow officer can't put
one man with a knife down, you're untrained. You could
easily have had one cop cover with a knife and the
other use a taser or mace or I don't know,
fucking talk the dude down. He was "off".
Of course there is another angle to this that you have
to address: if that was a crazy white kid asking to
die, pacing with a steak knife the officers would've
treated that differently. Black is inherently scary to
average white people. <shrugs> just is. But
guess what, YOU ARE THE POLICE. Be
better at your fucking jobs. This was NOT a scary
situation. People were standing around laughing at the
dude. He even MOVED so those people wouldn't be
in the line of fire. You had back-up coming, he wasn't
a danger to anyone but himself - and who exactly did
you fucking serve here?
So after arguments like this, I finally made this
- Shit like this
happens all, the, time. The citizens you serve are
often insane. It's your job to protect and serve them
as well. Wait until back-up comes... use a myriad of
other weapons - as long as you have one dude with a
gun covering - you have several options. You could
also fucking MOVE. Work strategically.
YOU HAVE A FUCKING CAR. Stand
ALL HE HAS IS A STEAK KNIFE.
I mean, this is just so ridiculous.
And don't tell me I'm not a cop -
DO YOUR FUCKING JOBS. I'm a citizen who
has a right to demand that the people who "serve" me
maintain certain training standards. I don't need
to hold every postition in my local government to say
"YOU ARE NO LONGER SERVING ME."
And what kills me, is by saying this? I'm lumped
in with some anti-cop crowd because no one can
understand NUANCE anymore. I argue the side of
the cops CONSTANTLY, and if you scroll up - that's
what I did with the Mike Brown case. But here? If
you continue to justify these "Call of Duty" cops
our society is in serious, serious trouble. There are
PEACE officers driving TANKS for fuck's sake. This is
a massive shift in the past 50 years and we need a bit
more concern as citizens here because for the first
time, I'm pulling the "our freedoms are in jeopardy"
card. I am constantly annoyed by those conspiracy
theorists but we're now to such a point where it's not
a future-prediction. You have a police force that acts
like they're entering a war-zone at all times. In
fact, I believe walking up to a car during a
traffic stop is FAR MORE DANGEROUS than this
Powell situation was. His hands were out of his
pockets, all he had was a fucking steak knife and he
wanted to die. Yeah, what a threat. Fucking put him
down, cuff him and take him to the looney bin. How
fucking hard is that?
Anyway, I just had to get this off my chest. To my
black friends with children, my heart goes out to you.
You are not treated like citizens with white skin no
matter what you're doing. I have no idea how that