I made a suggestion earlier in the thread I said it earlier in the thread on how to reduce the killing of black people and I still think it would work:
For me? I think there basically needs to be a decision made in all police departments to not shoot black people, to not draw their firearms first, to work hard to de-escalate any and all situations first, even at the risk of letting an offender get away. I know many will find that unacceptable but an unacceptable situation the other way has existed for so long in the USA that I don't see anyway to address it that doesn't involve risk and a significant change to cautious handling..
Some said this will cause crime to increase or suggested that then drug dealers and gang member would not be able to be arrested etc. I say that is BS, the hugely VAST majority of people, are detained and arrested without being shot. So just working hard to de-escalate, calling in back up, waiting out a situation, etc. Whatever is done in the majority of situations with other races. Will work and it will directly reduce the number of blacks being killed.
But the mindset is deeply ingrained I think. So deeply that the morons that shot Aubery Ahmed released the tape themselves. Of their chasing him down, confronting him, and shooting him, because they thought what he was doing demonstrated such a clear threat, the video showed such clear proof that they were right in shooting him, that is would be obvious his killing was justified.
That same thing goes for Mr. Floyds death, the officers ALL thought the restraint was fully appropriate. And that ignoring his calls for help and the calls of the other people around them who were respectfully calling for the officers to change what they were doing. But the had it ingrained somewhere in them that doing that was OK. That it was OK and acceptable.
The simple fact is: IT IS NOT OK! De-escalate, help those in need, back off and down when you can, put more thought into what you can do not just want you are doing.
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