Calling Black Lives Matters a “radical hate group” dismisses their legitimate grievances.
Remember when Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shot seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald sixteen times in thirty seconds, even though Mr. McDonald was walking away from the officer.
More than a year later, state prosecutors charged Officer Van Dyke with murder. From the website Heavy.com:
McDonald, who was armed with a knife and suspected in an armed robbery, was shot 16 times in about 30 seconds, from about 12 to 15 feet away. Van Dyke was the only officer at the scene to fire, and he did so just seconds after exiting his SUV along with his partner, who did not shoot McDonald. Several of the shots were fired while McDonald was on the ground. Van Dyke’s partner then approaches McDonald and kicks away the knife. No medical aid was provided to McDonald by the officers.
Based on extensive anecdotal evidence, some police officers are trigger-happy racists.
Remember that El Paso Police Officer Jose Flores wasn’t dismissed from the force for six months after he shot handcuffed prisoner Danny Saenz in the sallyport of the El Paso County Jail, even though security video of the incident was readily available. The Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas represented Officer Flores at the Grand Jury which ultimateley no-billed him.
Here’s some surprising news for some readers: the police (in general) sometimes protect their fellow officers even when their fellow officers break the law.
This isn’t new. Go down to Blockbuster and rent a VHS of Serpico.
Of course, all police officers aren’t trigger-happy racists. But neither are all supporters of Black Lives Matters radical haters who condone the killing of police officers.
Reducing complex issues like race relations in the United States to simplistic sound bites exacerbates the bigger problems. Jumping on one side or the other shows ignorance.