A trend that needs to change
|I’ve been seeing a lot of police brutality being dished out on average people. I am going to discuss a recent event that occurred in my little corner of the world that most people would believe is an average scene but it is not. First, the scenes like the ones I am about to discuss should not be ok in our society, or even exploited to the point that it becomes regular for us to hear about.
A few days ago there was a huge state police presence at one of the casinos near my home. The casino that got targetted was not the one I work at but a fear that this same issue could happen to us is possible. Foxwoods resort casino went under lockdown because of a gunman who had outstanding warrants on him. What happened was that the man must of had his gun out pointing at the officer when the officer shot him not once, nor twice, but a few times only to have the man fall to his death. In one way, I found this scene appealing not because it was so close to home but due to the fact that cops are relying more on a gun their own will to hold a person down. Do not get me wrong...I love cops. They protect us, inspire us, and make us feel safe. However, there is a problem with how much the tabloids are playing off this.
In my eyes, the police officer had more defence than the gunman at hand.What I mean is that police officers have bullet proof vests that are typically worn under their uniform in cases of dire situations as that. The gunman only had a gun. A cop can taser a gun wielder as long as the distance is not that vast. If you think about it the gunman was shot, and then fell four floors from a garage to his death. I found that to be an awful way to go for someone my age.
Anyways, incidents like this have been being seen all over the tabloids. Right now there is a large debate over a Charlotte police shooting. Keith Lamont Scott was said to be holding a gun at the time of his death when an officer shot him. I can’t say for sure if he really had a gun or not but I will mention that even if he did have a gun if the gun was not pointed at someone directly than what is the problem? Plenty of people own guns including off duty officers. We have seen an off duty officer save people in a mall from getting stabbed to death.
My argument is not to place blame on the officer or the victim but to place blame in our tabloids which are constantly feeding us bull. I mean for an entire day people ignored huge issues and focused on Angelina and Brad Pitt divorcing. Good lord, they are divorcing because 90% of our society is failing in matters of love. Let me get back to the topic at hand. Due to the exploitation of the Charlotte shooting riots began in the streets. When did it become ok to destroy property, burn things, and to harm people because of a misunderstanding. I call it a misunderstanding because neither the victim or the officer is at fault with the shooting. The victim may or may not have had a gun but was he shooting people? I think not. Officers are on edge lately due to our recent terrorism events, and current exploitation of police officers gone wrong. If you think about it the shooting is not a race matter either because the problem from above in my town was a white man who died.
The problem is fear. We are allowing fear to feed our violence which is reminiscent of terrorism if you think about it. I can’t just blame tabloids for our issues. But I will say if we continue to riot over wrongful shootings we will see more violence, and bloodshed than we really need to see. What our society needs is to realize we are making cops afraid of people, and people afraid of cops which makes it easier for terrorists to develop an interest in us.
I wonder how people would react if they were told to take their legal guns as legal citizens and line them up on the lawn, and look at their next neighbor. I bet the majority of people own at least one gun but never use it. I would like to see how people who have illegal guns take to that instance. Would they be scared? Would it show the officers that people do respect them, and that only a fraction of citizens are holding illegal guns?
I just wonder how people began to allow a trend for cops to be scared, and people to be scared. It should not be this way.