I completely understand that media bias exists. I get that the news will always pounce on what is sensational, exciting and scandalous. So, to say that you will most definitely hear the bad stories about police brutality way more so than the everyday positive stories of them thwarting crime or coming to the rescue is understandable.
But…. Is it just me or are we seeing more and more stories of police shooting up people, and not only the poor black man in the inner city, but every day people?
I am officially to a point where if I felt the need to call the police, as soon as they arrive I would be damn sure to have a video or tape recording going and tell everybody in the vicinity to put their hands in the air just to be safe!
This post was spurred by yet another account of an unarmed man being shot by the cops, this time in Waycross, GA, a town in the south eastern section of the state just a bit north of the Okefenokee Swamp. Apparently, the man’s fiancée had called for an ambulance because the man was going into diabetic shock. A few cops arrived, decided he was belligerent and shot him dead. The man’s wife, mother and daughter were all in the home at the time.
Unfortunately, it is all too easy to find stories like these. All these are just from the past few months and were only a quick Google search away:
- Park Ranger admits being told to make life as difficult for people as possible
- NYPD Officers shoot innocent bystanders near Times Square
- WASHINGTON SHOOTING: POLICE Shoot UNARMED Woman Who Rams Barrier
- Jonathan Ferrell 911 Call: Woman Panicked Before Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man
- Skokie woman’s face shattered after being launched into concrete jail cell bench
Approaching this with a level head
I try to avoid letting my emotions get the best of me in all situations. I understand police officers are people with the same emptions and fears we’d all have when being put in danger. I understand that mistakes can be made. I understand that the media is naturally going to be skewed towards reporting the bad over the good.
But the evidence is mounting, and I am becoming more and more convinced that the police aren’t any more our friends than criminals in many cases. Too many negative accounts stream out of the media on a regular basis from all corners of the nation.
Accounts that come to my mind range from the behavior of the New Orleans area police during Katrina, to the ’50 Rounds’ incident at a Queens NY, bachelor party in 2009, to the behavior of the cops during the Boston Marathon bombings, to the countless local stories I hear of police shootings on my local news in the Atlanta area.
Then finally, my distrust of the police was kicked into overdrive when I heard a podcast episode from This American Life where an officer actually tape recorded countless accounts of police of senior ranks in the NYPD mandating arrest quotas, ticketing and even “clear the street” orders where cops were told literally to round people up and “arrest first, charge later.”
This particular episode of this podcast is well worth your time. It paints the real life, tape recorded and documented accounts of a police state in action, right here in one of our greatest American cities, New York City.