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Rayshard Brooks

ZenMumWalking posted 6/14/2020 06:17 AM

Again??? Seriously......

Can someone from LEO please explain why letting the guy run off, impounding his car, issuing a warrant for dui, resisting arrest, stealing the police taser, and whatever for falling asleep in the drivethrough would not have been a better option?

Surely he could have been found and then dealt with in a more proportionate way. How could use of lethal force justified here? Or even chasing him? He didn't seem dangerous, and seems to have only shot the taser because he was being chased.

I just don't understand it. (And I have a nephew who is a police officer.)

Pippin posted 6/14/2020 08:21 AM

I'm imagining what would happen if I (middle age white woman, middle class and well kept in appearance) was sitting slumped over my steering wheel, drunk, in a Wendy's drive through. I imagine that even if I reached for the cop's gun, and grabbed his taser, they would imagine I need help, and try to give it to me. I don't think I would end up dead. Why is it that the people who *most* need help, people who have been abused and neglected by our racist system literally since the moment they are born (reference: google 'racial disparity in care starts in NICU'), are not given help? That's a rhetorical question. It's because white people would prefer to retain the privilege of unearned superiority, and/or blame others for the problems in our society.

Here's a thought experiment. You see a well kept middle age white woman slumped over her BMW in a Wendy's parking lot. What do you think? Same scenario, black man. What do you think? Same scenario, elderly white man. What do you think?

somanyyears posted 6/14/2020 09:28 AM

..in this case, like so many others, stereotypes are at work.

TV and movies tell us young people of colour are gang members so the show can include chasing them and shooting them. Another 'group' are cast as terrorists and are hunted down. Lots of shows, with lots of guns.

I'd rather watch 'car shows'.. but in my childhood I loved the old Westerns where the bad guys were scruffy looking cattle rustlers or native people wearing feathers on their heads.

Media image even uses the BMW to indicate some clue as to who might own one!

I've seen a lot in my 73 years and I have concluded that people have the capacity to treat other people like crap, even kill other people. I really don't see this fact changing any time soon.

The inequalities we see throughout history continue... just ask a survivor of the Holocaust... or ANY rape victim...or GEORGE LLOYD !!! ...or that 'Man' the Romans nailed to a cross.

Who said "life is fair?" Expect the worst, hope for the best.

A part of me is 'almost glad' that I'm not long for this world. So much sadness, anger and hate.
Where is the LOVE???

Every day I just shake my head. WTF is coming next???


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