|Quoting SESGDL (Reply 136):|
If you don't think that there are any cases of police brutality or cases where police unlawfully killed someone then I'm not even going to give you an example. Look some up. There's one going on in Minneapolis right now where a cop fought a mentally retarded man and then asked his partner for assistance, who then shot the man 7 times, though he was dead after the first. Totally uncalled for. What about that case in New York where that African man was shot upwards of 40 times while trying to run from the police, and he was innocent. 40 times?!? And that's okay to you just because they were cops? No one has the right to riddle an innocent person with 40 bullets, that's cold-blooded murder, whether someone threatened them or not. And the policemen never even went to jail.
Lets reverse rolls for a minute......
This story pisses me off beyond belief. This guy deserves to be fried to death.
And the NAACP actually tried to defend this scum shit of a man. Then they tried to say he was mentally ill.
Herzog pepper sprayed the suspect, and look what happened. What if he had shot the suspect to protect himself (I wish he had)? He would have been accused of being racisist, and a bad police officer. Herzog made a judgement that many fellow officers agree was because of the race card that would have been thrown. And now we bury a police officer, when it should have been the exact opposite. And the suspect does not get to die at the hands of a needle. The scummy suspect gets 3 meals a day, and a tv to watch. NO JUSTICE WAS SERVED!
This scum bag not only fired the police officers gun at him while he was trying to escape, but he also stood over the top of the fallen police officer, and unloaded the pistol into the back of the officers head!!!! Judgement is hard for police officers, and sadly it can cost them their lives. Here is a classic example of using judgement.
And Jeremy, please be careful how you respond to this. It is a touchy subject, and Herzog was a buddy of mine.
Excellent article here:
Nor was there outrage three weeks ago in Seattle, when white sheriff’s deputy Richard Herzog was shot and killed by a black man with a long criminal record. Herzog tried to restrain the man, who had been running naked in traffic, and attempted to subdue him with pepper spray. But during the altercation, the deputy was knocked to the ground and lost his gun to the man, who riddled Herzog’s body with bullets. Is it possible that Herzog resisted using his gun for fear that some might brand him a racist for shooting the suspect? Local County Executive Ronald Sims, who is black, believes so. "There’s no question race probably had an inhibiting effect," said Sims. In the wake of Herzog’s death, there were no demonstrations held to publicly denounce violence against police officers. As for those who were theretofore busy attending the myriad protests over Robert Thomas’s April death, their only response to Herzog’s tragic fate was to temporarily put those protests on hold.
All across this country, police-civilian confrontations spark public outrage only when white officers shoot or mistreat black suspects. And indeed, there is nothing wrong with exposing police misconduct where it exists. But what of those cases where nonwhite officers harm black suspects? What of those cases where white officers harm white suspects? And what of those cases where suspects — whatever their color — harm police officers? These elicit not even a syllable of condemnation from the professional protesters.
Such a double standard has serious social consequences, for it inevitably colors society’s perception of the police. As Seattle Sheriff David Reichert said at a news conference following Deputy Herzog’s death, "We [police] are sick and tired of being looked at as racists." And indeed, those who bring forth the charges of rampant police racism never mention that the great majority of incidents in which officers use force are intra-racial. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 1998, about two-thirds of homicides by police officers were against suspects of the same racial background. When a white officer killed a felon, that felon was usually white (63 percent). And when a black officer killed a felon, that felon was usually black (81 percent). Moreover, the rate at which white officers shoot black suspects has been declining steadily for two decades, while the rate at which they shoot white suspects has remained relatively constant. But who would ever suspect such things, given the one-sided nature of the professional protesters’ message?