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Saturday, August 23, 2014
WHAT HAPPENED IN FERGUSON?
WHAT HAPPENED IN
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
Many of my opinions are based on
little or no knowledge of the subject opined.This week follows that tradition.What is the value in bloviating on a subject where there is no expertise
to offer?It at least serves to get out
what many may be thinking. So go ahead,
trash my opinion and offer your own, please be somewhat respectful and no name
calling…that means you, you big stupid head.
happened in Ferguson Missouri? Nobody
knows for sure at this time, and with all the speculation and emotion I suspect
the truth will never really be determined and or accepted.
A black teen
was shot by a white police officer.The
teen turned out to be unarmed.The
officer was trying to question him regarding a robbery (video evidence seems to
implicate the teen in this robbery.)There was a scuffle, the teen ran, the officer called on him to stop,
the teen according to some accounts turned and charged and the officer feeling
threatened fired.He fired at least six
times and the teen was killed.
We may never
confirm all the facts.Several things I
do believe are true.
A young teen
whether guilty of a robbery or not, does not deserve to be killed.We do not have a death penalty for robbery,
especially when the crime has not been adjudicated.
officer felt threatened by the 6’ 4” 270 pound teen (There is some evidence
indicating he suffered serious facial injury.)Perhaps he shouldn’t have felt threatened, but apparently he did feel
threatened.Police officers have been
killed by citizens resisting arrest.
The guns used today by law enforcement fire
rapidly.The decision to use force often
results in multiple shots fired in just seconds from a quick trigger mechanism.Could a Taser have been an option?
Many of our
countries neighborhoods do not trust and have no respect for the police.
forces may not deserve the respect and trust of their community.
force in a predominantly black neighborhood is not going to engender respect
and trust in the community.
we learn from this tragedy?
to become more of a part of the neighborhood.Officers should be recruited from the neighborhoods they will serve.
should be trained better to show more restraint.Preventing a robbery or stopping a thief by
killing is not acceptable.
need to become more respectful of the police.Young people need to curb their attitude.Young people need to learn how to be questioned
or arrested, that sounds ridiculous, but when an officer gives an order, people
need to do as they are told, do not resist; let the officer know you are not a
threat.Put your hands in view; learn
“Yes sir, no sir.”If the stop is in
error or not warranted it will be proved in due time.(Unfortunately this is not always true, there are bad cops,
and there sometimes is a “blue wall of silence.”)
need to show respect to suspected perpetrators.Do not use derogatory names, do not demean and do not use more force
than necessary.The police need to be
consistent in this behavior.They need
to establish a reputation of being fair, and respectful, not abusive and
I don’t know
what happened in Ferguson, but I suspect the incident was the result of years
and years of bad public relations.Years
of police being the enemy, not being part of the community, and not always
showing restraint.If there was mutual
respect between officers and the people they serve, these confrontations would be
few and far between.
the blame for Ferguson lay?It is on the
police too quick to overact; it is on the community that chooses to make the
police the enemy; it is on the mutual lack of respect and understanding between
the police and the community they serve.
There is no
easy solution to this problem.It will
take years to develop and earn the mutual respect that has been missing for so
long in this community and in many communities around the country; but the
process needs to start now.
The preceding was the opinion of a
cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.