cedric76 wrote:If you're a rapist black criminal who was shot by the police the NBA players will stop all games for you.
If you're a retired black police officer who was murdered by rioters for defending a small business they won't bat an eye.
I love double standards
You're conflating isolated incidents with patterns and trends. It's like when a man complains that the media and society ignores sexual harassment/assault/rape against men. Does it happen? Of course. Is it a problem? Yes. Is it as big of a problem as it is against women? No. And that's the difference.
(edited insert: And to be clear, yes those issues need to be addressed as well. But the urgency isn't as prevalent and there's a chance those issues are resolved by addressing the larger issue as well. But if not, fix the bigger problem first and then work on the smaller issue. /end edit).
Yes, violence happens against officers. Yes, officers kill white people too for BS reasons too. But not on the scale, and not for the same level of reasons against minorities, specifically black people. The response to a white man walking down the street armed with an AR-15 is entirely different than it is against a black man. People didn't wake up one day and see an isolated incident and go to the streets to the protest. It's been DECADES of this stuff happening and it hit a boiling point.
Also, regarding the "rapist black criminal" as you put it. Did the police know his record before shooting him? I fail to see how. And if not, it has no bearing on how people should react and respond to the officer's actions. Furthermore, even if they DID know, it still wouldn't justify them acting as an executioner and deciding to shoot him instead of continuing to try and de-escalate. The man was shot seven times, IN THE BACK.
What happened to the concept of police officers using their guns as a last resort? When their lives or those around them are in IMMEDIATE danger. Why are we so quick to now just write off any murder so long as the person, especially if it's an officer, just FELT threatened.
We need to bring back standards of expectations and hold people accountable to those standards. Being an officer is a tough job. It's a demanding job. It's a dangerous job. We demand WAY too much of police officers. But that doesn't mean we should bend over backwards to look past their inappropriate actions and mistakes, or let them open fire on any civilian that resists, or fights back (without endangering their lives). Cops are trained to deal with this stuff. And if they're not trained well enough, we should train them better. We need to change the priorities and how we look at these incidents.
People are not asking for that much. They're actually asking for pretty reasonable actions, and I happen to think that if we saw ANY kind of leadership from the federal government (Congress and/or the President) to actually address this instead of ignoring it and chalking i up to "the radical left" and "antifa" we'd actually see things quiet down pretty quickly. People more than anything just want to know that our leaders are TRYING. And right now, it looks like they're just ignoring the problem or using it for political ads (BOTH sides).