Saturday, December 09, 2017
SHOCK VIDEO FEATURING PO-PO KILLING MAN BEGGING FOR HIS LIFE SPARKS NATIONWIDE OUTRAGE!!!
While not specifically Kansas City related, a clip of a dude gunned down in cold blood has consequences for the entire country and it would be unwise to ignore.
TKC hot take . . .
LIKE IT OR NOT: THE OVERLY COMPLICATED ORDERS AND DEADLY FORCE SEEN IN RECENT MSM VIDEO HAVE SERIOUSLY DAMAGED PERCEPTION OF ALL POLICE THROUGHOUT THE NATION!!!
Trolls and propagandists might defend the tactics but the narrative plays right into the hands of the most strident police critics.
Further considerations . . .
- The shooting victim was young, white and unarmed. Progressive activists have seized upon these facts to create allegiance with groups the Black Lives Matter movement. This clip might actually reinvigorate a movement that was declining.
- This wasn't a model cop, he was later dismissed from his job, reportedly for "unsatisfactory performance."
- The clip is terrifying because anybody with even a shred of dignity would be unable to follow the confusing instructions of the officer and in the so-called "land of the free" getting killed for trying to pull up your pants is a horrific prospect.
Part of the motive in posting in this is simply a matter of curiosity as to any defense of this deadly action that isn't overtly repugnant to most people with common sense.
Don't get it twisted, TKC supports police and understands that their job is one of the most dangerous professions imaginable . . . But, killing a dude as he sobs and begs for his life isn't a good look and something that UNDENIABLY erodes the public trust.
Smart police public relations people across the nation would do well to try and offset the damage this clip is doing but instead we can only expect more culture war slap fighting that attempts to draw a line in the sand and plays to growing American political tribalism rather than attempting to create greater understanding betwixt 1st responders and the communities they serve.
Check the links . . .
Chicago Tribune: Video shows Arizona man sobbing, begging for his life before fatal police shooting
Vox: An ex-cop from Arizona was acquitted for shooting an unarmed, sobbing man
AZ Central: 'It looks awful': Ex-officer's acquittal reignites debate over police use of force
Last word . . . Again, like it or not, this news will only serve to inspire the national and local effort to enact more oversight and sanctions against police.
You decide . . .