We’re mainly going to focus on three tragedies this week. There’s a few honorable mentions, but mainly we are going to focus on three separate instances of people being shot and killed by other people.
Police Kill Man in Oklahoma
September 16, 2016 – The Tulsa area police received many 911 calls regarding a man, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, abandoning his running car in the middle of the road. The first officer to respond to the scene was 41 -year-old Betty Shelby, although eventually at least a half dozen officers would respond to the situation.
You can see the rest of what happened for yourself in this video, which shows the incident from various angles, it’s pretty shitty.
Terrence Crutcher was shot and killed by officer Betty Shelby. Crutcher was not armed. Crutcher was not obeying the commands given by the officer to get on the ground, and he was instead wondering around his car and reaching into the window, which frightened the officers.
What makes this story a little different from the dozens of similar stories that happen all the time, is that Shelby was charged with manslaughter a few days later, and the next day she turned herself in.
I commend those responsible with charging her, as well as Shelby herself for turning herself in. Both parties showed a true respect for the justice system, something a law enforcement officer should have above all else.
Now, whenever a black man is shot and killed by a white police officer every single person gets very angry. Literally every person ever.
Some people are angry because police shoot and kill black people at a higher rate than white people, which is true.
Some people are angry because being a police officer is a difficult job, and the constant scrutiny of police officers by the public can make their jobs even more difficult and stressful than it already is. That is also true.
Let’s for a second stop imagining that “police” and “black people” are two opposing forces and that neither can live while the other survives. It can certainly seem that way sometimes. Instead let’s think about how both of those groups are made up of individuals making on the spot decisions.
Being a police officer is a hard job, and it can be a scary job too. It’s not for everybody. In fact it’s probably not for most people. It’s also a job where it’s very important that they are closely scrutinized, so they don’t take advantage of their position of authority.
A good police officer has to have a deep understanding of the law and the justice system, and they have to have a respect for their community as a whole, and a desire to protect and serve it. There aren’t a lot of people like that. I’m certainly not like that.
Due process, the right for someone stand trial and defend themselves, is a very important part of our justice system. Sure, it’s not always perfect, but it’s what keeps police from driving around and murdering any one they don’t like.
If I were a police officer I’d shoot someone every time I heard a rustle in the bushes. Cause I’m a coward. That’s exactly why I’m not a police officer and have no desire to be one. You have to be willing to risk yourself for the greater good. You have to willingly put yourself in danger in order to preserve justice in your community.That sounds like a pretty hard and stressful job.
We should get rid of people who aren’t good at it though.
Further Reading: Washington Post, NY Daily News
Police Kill Man in North Carolina, People get Very Mad
September 20, 2016 – Then it happened again. This one is a little murkier though.
While visiting an apramtent complex to serve a warrent to a iiferent man, police officers in Charlotte, North Caralina were distracted by 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. The police say that Scott was standing outside of his car waving a gun. His family says he was reading a book andwaiting for his son to get off the schoolbus. A video shows what happened shortly after the police arrived.
Shortly after the incident protesters began gathering in the area of the shooting. The protests, which started out peacfully, eventually desended into a city-wide riot, which is what happens to all peacful protests nowadays.
Again, the court of public opinion seems to have forgetton that “police,” “black people,” “rioters,” and “protesters” are large groups made up of individuals. Members of all groups have their own ideas, thoughts and sense of morallity.
So basically if you say on Facebook “black people protest the police by rioting,” you’re a peice of shit.
Further Reading: Washington Times, Wall Street Journal
Malls are Dangerous Now
September 23, 2016 – Five were killed by an unidentified gunman at a mall in Burlington, Washington. A suspect has been obtained and appearently, while this article is being written, he confessed to the shootings. .
Of course, some sources are suggesting the shooter might be in ISIS.
You know, it’s shame when something like this happens. When innocent people are killed in a public place. It’s even worse when that has become a normal thing. It is not unreasonable to be afraid of getting hsot every time you go to the mall or to the movies.
But there’s absolutly nothing at all we can do to stop it. Right? Absolutly nothing at all.
Further Reading: CNN
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