Another fatal shooting
I'm at a loss for words. I'm trying so hard not to lose my mind. I'm scared for my life as a black woman. I'm scared for my kids - if I ever have any. I'm scared for the innocent people(no matter the race) that are the victims of police brutality.
This man was shot in front of his wife and 4 year old daughter. He was reaching for his wallet and the officer fucking shot him.
This is a terrible accident, but don't lose sight that this was an accident. People can be high-strung and stressed. As perfect as officer should be acting, sometimes, they lose their own cool. I don't think this police officer shot the man on purpose. He should be tried and judged, but this shouldn't be treated as if the police force as a whole is out to shoot people. Horrible as this is, accidents happen. Police brutality implies explicit intent, as far as I can tell by this whole situation and the footage, this officer was stressed out over something and acted on a very bad impulse. Maybe the mere mention of the man that he admitted to having a weapon triggered some kind of fear reflex in the officer? Something that should be removed through training, but not everyone has the same mental fortitude...
I am actually on the side that says the officer fucked up on this one. He overreacted and this lead to the death of a civilian. Especially when said civilian was doing what they were supposed to do.
Exactly what I mean.
He told the officer he had a gun because he was a concealed carry owner and by law you need to tell the officers if you have a piece on you. This to me further compels that we need Bodycameras for officers. Both to cut down on abuses of power and to protect them too from false claims.
Shit like this hurts all other cops and an example needs to be made in the court of law.
I've thought that myself many times that things like bodycameras, cameras on riot shields, etc would help bring clarity to these things immensely. It'll help prove cases like these where the officer really did fuck up, or cases where they did exactly as what is expected of them.
Shots fired at protest over police shooting. No one knows who fired the shots.
Ugh is it me or does it seem like every time this happens the police should all be put on leave and the National Guard should be the one handling the security? Because apparently we have to resort to peacekeeper measures to maintain some semblance of order now.
Update: 1 officer confirmed dead 3 others injured.
Update 2: 3 Officers dead and several injuries as unidentified snipers in elevated position fired at the protest.
Okay I now think National Guard peacekeepers are a reasonable option.
Of course, as we all know, when one officer fucks up, what we should do is open fire on officers that had nothing to do with it. People are complete idiots; always acting on impulse *shakes his head*
. Somehow I sincerely doubt that the deaths of these officers is going to make anything better.
Bodycams don't help much if nobody can see the footage. Politifact recently fact checked a statement by the ACLU about a proposed law in North Carolina. You might not like what you read there, but if you think bodycameras and dashboard cams will automatically increase transparency you might still want to check it out.
Interesting, if they can keep so much of it secret, it would indeed decrease the value of these cameras. I'll be honest though, I'd only release this footage to the public AFTER trials have ended and convictions have fallen. Once there's a verdict, release the footage used in the trial to remove doubts of shenanigans.