Thursday, December 04, 2014
I followed Robin Williams’ career for thirty-five years. I’ll miss him. I never met Michael Brown, but his loss bothers me more. As they get older, I hope the kids will come to understand why.
Clearly, my kids feel bad about what happened to Darren Wilson. Just because race hucksters want more fame others want to stoke racial animus, his family has to leave town and make a new life. My kids also feel bad about all of the victims of race-baiting propaganda. If Michael Brown had not been taught to hate, he might now be a success story instead of being dead. It's a crying shame and we need to stop promoting the grievance industry that provokes all of this tragedy.
They just happen to have society's approval for carrying a firearm and society's requirement that they protect all people. Some questions occur to me which were not asked or answered in the media.
Was Michael Brown in the habit of using his size to intimidate others?
From what I saw on the video, he did push the storekeeper before he left the tobacco store. Was this habitual intimidating behavior he used?
Did Officer Wilson flash back to being bullied in the past and felt the same fear and anxiety when Mr. Brown grabbed at him through his open car window causing him to lose awareness of who and where he was?
Did the flashback and the hormones released in his body from being grabbed make him do something he would have not done otherwise? Shoot a man many times?
Police persons are persons and have the same fears, memories, and reactions as other persons.
I raised two sons. When my sons began to drive, I told them that if they were ever approached by a police officer when on foot or in a car, to stay still and speak respectfully. To not argue nor make quick movements. That we would handle any misbehavior on the officer's part when the boys were safe.
My sons are white, but they are males and teen males, regardless of color, can become targets for some police. Not all police officers are kindly helpful people.
Dean Dad, you might have the same kind of conversation with your son when he begins driving and becoming independent of you. Granted, young men of color have an added burden of behaving respectfully and non-belligerently toward officers, but no one is immune from mistreatment by a police officer.
In fact, when my son was about 20, he was driving his black friend and another white friend to a place. He was stopped for a broken headlight. The policeman had only been able to see the black friend. The police officer called back up and had my son and his two friends exit the car, spread their legs and put their hands on the car while the police searched them and the car. The police found nothing. My son received a ticket. The next day my son filed a complaint with the police department stating that racial bias was present. He had to pay the fine, but the city's attorney agreed that the police officer had been unnecessarily hostile. I think my son and his friends would not have been treated that way if one of the friends had not been black.
That is the world we live in today, sadly. But to protect our sons, of any color, we must teach them to always be respectful of peace officers and not make any belligerent behavior or moves.
The Klan's probably recruiting in your area, if you're looking for like-minded folk.
What I hope you tell your kids, and wish more parents would tell their kids, is that the law IS different for police officers who are on duty in uniform. Civilians have a right to defend themselves, but police have both a right and an obligation to defend everyone, which can mean taking the offensive. They can grab you, but you cannot grab them, even if all other things are equal.
I was glad I was taught some of this when I was young, because it helped me on more than one occasion. That said, I was never told that police are as likely to have been bullies as kids as other people, or that they can hold racial or other prejudices, sometimes as a result of the very nasty world they work in. Some spend every day in places I assiduously avoid even in daytime, and most know someone who has been killed or wounded in the line of duty.
I think "hate" is the wrong word in Gabby's comment. Respect is a better word. Michael Brown did seem to have a shortage of respect for others, including persons in a position of authority. I don't know about your college, but students like that usually cause at least half of the problems that Deans have to deal with.
Remember, 3 warrants per household on Ferguson. Every interaction between the cops and a citizen of Ferguson is just an extension of the protection racket.
There is only one reason not to have Dash Cams. Getting away with murdering some kid over jaywalking is a subset of that reason.
If that officer was involved in extortion on a regular basis, a claim that is entirely new to me in this case, that is an even better reason to have dash cams in every car. Where I live, they have helped identify bad people on both side of the badge.
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