Thursday, April 9, 2015
The big news is that a South Carolina police officer shot a fleeing black man in the back. It was captured on video. "Ferguson" seems to be the main meme. What do I see? Yeah, the shooting was horrific... BUT! - - what I see is a police officer who KNEW he'd get away with it - calmly composing the scene to agree with his report of the incident. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico - whose police department is currently under some form of DOJ oversight. Two Albuquerque police officers have been indicted for murder for an incident captured - last year - on video... in this case, police department videos. Again - what is surprising is that the officers involved KNEW they'd get away with it! If I were a betting man, I'd put money on the proposition, "Most cops are decent people."... BUT - in these times of strained $$$, with communities struggling just to make ends meet - LOTS of folks get to be police officers who probably oughtn't be, and they believe, "Hey, they gave me a gun. I'm gonna use it!" ... AND - they KNOW they'll get away with it! ... it is particularly distressing to see state legislatures (see, e.g., Texas) attempt to pass laws that outlaw citizens from taking videos of cops. Without the videos, they WOULD get away with it!