Stories like this one are why I’m very, very hesitant to ever buy into tales of police brutality.
Summary: police officer pulls over a car with no license plate. Driver has a warrant out. Officer calls for backup. Driver shoots and kills them both.
There is a huge stigma attached to police officers, especially among folks of my particular political bent. The idea is that if an officer uses force or weapons in any situation ever, no matter what the other party in the altercation is doing, they are in the wrong. Cries of “excessive force!” and “brutality!” go up, and everyone rallies to the banner. How dare an officer use deadly force against a fleeing suspect who only looked like he was reaching for a gun!?
Well, it’s because if cops aren’t in that mindset all the time, and if they don’t treat every single situation as though it could turn deadly at the drop of a hat, they get gunned down in cold blood during routine traffic stops. The split second you hesitate to think about how your actions might be perceived by a sensationalist media is all it takes for some nutbar to end you.
Stories like this are the logical endpoint of a society who wants protection and security, but only if it doesn’t inconvenience them. This is why I don’t feel bad for your idiot friend who got in a cop’s face after a night at the club and was promptly put on the ground even though he “totally wasn’t doin’ nuthin'”. If you’re told by an officer to hang up your god damned cell phone or you’re going to get tazed, hang up your god damned cell phone. He’s not tazing you because he likes hurting people; he’s tazing you because your evasion of his commands makes it less likely from his point of view that he’ll get back safely to his family that night.
And when someone puts a video of it up on YouTube, I am not outraged or sympathetic. I am amused. Braindead idiot ignores cop, gets tazed. Much better ending to the story than dangerous idiot ignores cop, father of three gunned down in cold blood.