the war on cops

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Who started it? How far will it go?

I’ve let a couple days elapse to better learn the facts. Last Thursday night, the night of the latest incident, authorities in Dallas were convinced police were caught in the crossfire of multiple snipers; by Friday it became apparent that only a single shooter had been involved. Investigators identified the dead attacker as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite TX, a military veteran who’d served in Afghanistan.

Nevertheless, five police officers are dead in Dallas, and another seven are injured. The gunfire erupted after videos showing two African-American men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota spurred protests and debate over police use of force across the country. Some people in the crowd were heard to have said that the police “had it coming.”

But not these police. They had nothing to do with events in Louisiana and Minnesota. They were simply white and in uniform. The shooter had told negotiators that he was furious about recent police shootings of black men, that he wanted to kill white people—especially white officers—and that he’d acted alone.

When negotiations broke down, the Dallas police sent in a bomb on a robot and blew up the sniper. Another racist hits the dust. In a way, he got off easy. Had he been put into prison, The Man would have made his stay miserable, intolerable even. No punishment would have been too harsh.

Now all the Black Lives Matter hangers-on, those people who secretly eschew the organization’s professed nonviolence, have a martyr. They will claim that a culture of police violence and racism permeates all training and practice of policing in America.

But I say that if anything permeates policing, it is ignorance, fear, and too many guns. Personnel standards among the police have been dumbed-down because the bean counters have proved that turnover is too high and costly if cops with high IQs are hired. The standard range of scores applied for police officers is a score between 20 and 27. According to ABC News, the average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.

Jeronimo Yanez, the cop who shot Philando Castile in Minnesota, had obviously made a terrible mistake, was shown in the streamed video as being more fearful and less composed than his victims. This 4-year officer conducted a traffic stop with gun drawn, and pumped four bullets into “Mr. Phil” without the slightest provocation.

What do you expect? Even the Governor of that state admits this traffic stop would not have ended so badly if Philando had been white and not been demonized as so scary because of his race. But I say it would never have happened if the cop had been smarter and knew that the demonization had been bullshit.

So what is most likely to happen now? If the past is any guide, the cop will eventually be given a free pass, maybe fired, but never held truly accountable. It’s not his fault he’s no genius. It’s not his fault he was “fearful for his life.” It’s not his fault all his high-tech killing equipment was smarter than he was.




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9 Responses to “the war on cops”

  1. 1 Abe Connally
    July 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Why does the cop get “it’s not his fault” and Micah Johnson gets “Another racist hits the dust”?

    Micah Johnson is no one’s martyr. BLM condemned his actions, as well as numerous other justice groups. I have yet to see any police organization condemn the actions of Yanez.

    But there’s an obvious double standard here where we give cops the benefit of the doubt, and civilians are guilty, because the cops said so. We know no objective truth about Micah Johnson’s alleged actions except for what the cops that killed him claim. There’s no clear video of him saying these things or doing these things. Yet, we cheer his lack of due process and execution by the state.

    What he allegedly did is wrong, but the way we handled it is also wrong. THIS is what is prevalent throughout the American justice system. The idea that anyone “deserves it” (without due process) and that police should be able to deliver it. The idea that 2 wrongs can ever be right. The idea that police are infallible and anyone they target is automatically guilty. The idea that police actions are due to the “system” rather than their individual inherent bias and racism.

    Not all cops are bad, but there are plenty of bad ones out there. We enable them by defending their actions or writing them off to “the system”. It is his fault he pulled that trigger, and the fault of his peers that stood by while he murdered a civilian.

    You know as good as anyone that the justice system is not just, and if the people within the system want you dead, they get it. We can’t allow them to continue to get their way. This is the problem in America.

    Keep fighting for those that the rest tries to marginalize or ignore.

  2. July 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I’m sorry if my use of irony in this post missed the mark; there are no heroes anywhere to be found in this situation. It is a tragedy all around.

  3. 4 anonymouse
    July 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    The other day I read an article in which a black parent complained of having to have “the talk” with their children, but I’m white, and I’ve had “the talk” with my children regularly since middle school, and especially since they began driving; you’re a fool if you don’t. This isn’t just a “cops v. black” thing, there are just too many examples of “police on citizen” violence anymore to believe otherwise. It is something that seems to permeate modern law enforcement throughout our country; I wish it was different, but my days of assuming “the police are my friends,” have long since past.

    • 5 anonymouse
      July 10, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      OBTW, I’d like to make it CRYSTAL CLEAR that I do not advocate for, or condone any violence against our hardworking police officers. It’s a tough job, and a thankless one as well, and its full of gut-wrenching stress and political pressure, with plenty of Monday morning quarterbacks waiting to pick apart your every decision.

  4. 6 Hat Bailey
    July 10, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    It’s interesting to me that initial accounts as with so many of these other mass shootings claimed multiple shooters. A careful examination of other such incidents show that this has been often the case. In my opinion the earliest accounts often contain true elements that the media spin meisters later change to fit the agenda that their bosses favor. There are dark forces that want chaos and dissension and de classified documents prove that mind control assassins have been created and used. I agree with anonymous that two wrongs do not make a right. I think often these assassins are killed because they just might go to trial and uncomfortable facts come out that show a darker agenda was involved. Think Oswald and JFK. There are those who want to make police paranoid and fearful and militarized and create a division between the people and the cops who serve them. Just as they wish to foment violence between the races, the sexes, the religious fundamentalists, between labor and management, whereever they can drive a wedge.This alleged perpetrator that they had trapped was not going anywhere, what might have been learned if they had waited him out. We won’t know. Perhaps it was more merciful to him than a long period of incarceration and interrogation, perhaps it gives some cops a sense of closure and vengeance achieved, but that also is an unhealthy state of mind. There are reasons behind these things and we need understanding more than anything else, or it will continue to get worse until the forces and the real why behind this are addressed

    • 7 tape
      July 15, 2016 at 4:46 am

      Earliest accounts often just lack any validation. This starts with pick-pockets who can not be identified because the victims simply cannot remember the colour of their jacket in the moment of surprise. And witness reports become increasingly erratic when it comes to traumatic events and making sense out of something senseless. Shots echo and ricochet, other loud sounds get mistaken for shots and explosions. People make assumptions. When comparing different witnessreports one can find something much closer to the truth than any individual statement. The big downside of the current “broadcast now, verify later” mentality of the media is the growing distrust in the information. It is initially wrong, but when it is changed later it feels paradoxically even more wrong.
      A conspiracy would let one assume that there is a plan behind it and someone is in control. But maybe the reality is even worse: There is no conspiracy. Every single injustice is caused within a system, which allows that kind of opportunism. It has no head to cut off. It is not the alien brain bug which has the interest of keeping its host’s body alive. It is more like cancer, mindlessly growing, seeing its growth as the main goal, but convinced that the issue of survival is the task of someone else.

  5. 8 Gloria
    July 11, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Legal Experts Raise Alarm over Shocking Use of ‘Killer Robot’ in Dallas

    ‘The fact that the police have a weapon like this…is an example of the militarization of the police and law enforcement—and goes in the wrong direction’


  6. 9 matt
    July 15, 2016 at 5:39 am

    It’s not just nut cases making war on the police . . . these business owners should be ashamed. I hope their next fortune cookie predicts a strong downturn in business!


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