Saturday, August 29, 2015

Perspective

The Texas sheriff deputy killed at a gas station Friday "is the 23rd officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page," the Washington Post reports.

The police this year have killed 787 people, according to the web site killedbypolice.net.

In June The Guardian did an analysis and found about 1 in 4 people killed by police this year have been unarmed. More than twice as many of the unarmed victims of police killings were black than were white, despite black Americans being far fewer in number than white Americans.




6 comments:

  1. If the police go around thinking citizens are enemies to be killed in cold blood the law enforcement fraternity should not be surprised when some of the citizens see THEM as enemies and shoot them in cold blood.

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    1. That hadn't even occurred to me. Thanks for the insight and comment, NM.

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  2. And to the victims on all sides a tragedy for them and their families...:(

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  3. Police departments who create a culture of war by their actions and demeanor cannot expect that all segments of society see them as heroes or just stand by and watch as they seem to go on killing sprees! Some who are sitting on the sidelines will be pushed over the line and respond in kind. Society is really a continuum with some folks perched on the edge and all they need is a small event to push them over. Police departments should know this, it should be part of their training to look at themselves.

    If police departments create a feeling of being in conflict amongst one or more segments of society, eventually someone there will take action.

    When I was growing up there was a NM State policeman who did this, created conflict with teenagers because of his actions and demeanor. I remember conversations among some of my friends as to who might have the gall to take him on. No one stepped up, but he was not that bad. Had he done more, someone would have taken him on.

    Sometimes police departments seem to be criminal gangs financed by the citizens and protected by the law. When they are seen by the citizens as such...... They better watch out.

    And some police look like gang members in uniforms covered in "ink" and shaved heads. Don't you think this has something to do with the way they are seen?

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    1. Thanks for another insightful comment NM. There's a lot there, but on the thing about police training, policing seems to be one of those specialties that people defer to to run themselves in many ways, and coming up with training methods is probably one of the ways. About policing in general, I've noticed that governments rely on the police to tell them what policing should consist of. Another profession where this happens is education. The school board hires a superintendent and then....see Albuquerque Public Schools. At least there they have cut their losses when it's obvious they screwed up, to the tune of a lot of money and wasted time but my point is, when you have to rely on a specialist like that it's important to get a particular kind of person. In policing it would be someone who has an understanding of life like you do, and also, I'd think, someone who can bridge that gap for the elected body between the realities of policing and what the public wants of their police.

      By the way, are you doing anything?

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