Simple Solutions to Complex Issues

Calling Black Lives Matters a “radical hate group” dismisses their legitimate grievances.

Police often take adversarial positions to the communities they purport to serve.

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.

8 comments

  1. So what’s your point. There’s bad apples in every group. You didn’t offer a solution. Calling black life matters a hate group at the very least doesn’t support the killings in the name of BLM. What Calling them a hate group does do is bring to attention that we aren’t accepting of it. I applaud chief Allen for doing so. BLM started as a peaceful movement however it can no longer claim the same. Matter of fact when it first started their website under “herstory” condones street violence and revenge. So I would even go as far as to say the majority of the peaceful protesters didn’t even know the true reason the founders create BLM. Three ideas are different and so is the vision.

    1. What kind of a solution are you looking for? Did you think I was going to cure race relations in the U.S.?

    2. If you believe that BLM is indeed a hate group, where is your proof of that statement? Where is the Chief’s proof? You’re just repeating the standard BS pushed by Faux Neus and the far right! If it is such a bad thing in your mind (and, his), does that mean you both believe all these random police shootings during traffic stops are justified? Don’t you think it is significant that the vast majority of drivers being killed by cops are black? Where does BLM condone street violence, under their “herstory” section? Seems to me that BLM condemns the needless deaths of blacks, and makes no mention of street violence or revenge.

  2. If you protest peacefully, you are targeted, you are attacked, they don’t even want you to defend yourself! You’re just suppose to roll over and allow it to happen, after all that’s what they would do! How could BLM be a terrorist group, who have they killed…..oh No Body, you say! Right, no body!! This DOSENT CHANGE THE FACT THAT THE KKK IS A REAL TERRORIST GROUP, COMPARE THEM TO ISIS! #Tulsa1921 #TexasWestern1966 #NeverForget #1966Championship put El Paso on the map! #UTEP #NCAAChampions We live in a border town, where the Mexicans are taught to be racist against other Mexicans! #Truth

  3. Before you demonize the police and put the blame on race relations please consider the following:

    The Washington State University 2014 study into deadly force by law enforcement concluded that police were biased IN FAVOR of black suspects, over white or Hispanic. Additional research published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology in 2014 confirmed these findings.

    The Justice Department’s 2015 analysis of the Philadelphia Police Dept found that white police officers were less likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot unarmed black suspects. Another study this month by a Harvard professor reports that there is zero evidence of racial bias in police shootings.

    Last year police fatally shot 987 people in the U.S. 26% of those shot were black; 50% were white.

    Police officers face an 18.5 times greater chance of being killed by a black male than an unarmed black male has of being killed by a police officer.

    These facts are from Heather Mac Donald, author of the book “The War on Cops”

    1. Nobody’s demonizing the police. The police perform a needed function. But I think the police set themselves up as a separate society. They segregate themselves, and sometimes excuse themselves from the laws they’re sworn to enforce.

      I think it’s a problem when the police demonize civilians trying to assert their right to not get shot by the police.

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