So how do the defenders of Trump and the it seems substantial thuggish element in US Law Enforcement explain this,
"A Louisville police officer involved in the fatal shooting of West End business owner David McAtee had celebrated earlier on Facebook when a protester was shot by pepper balls.
Officer Katie Crews, who was placed on administrative reassignment Monday after the fatal shooting, posted a Courier Journal photo of a protester across from her and said, "I hope the pepper balls that she got lit up with a little later on hurt."*
A screenshot of the post has circulated on social media sites.
The pic was of the protestor peacefully offering flowers to the line of officers, Mr McAtee, an African American man who owned a hot dog stall, was popular in his community and prior to this, even gave out free food to cops.
Prior to officers opening up on a crowd (why?) they claimed to have heard a bang, (note they did not say for sure it was a firearm), then waited 9 seconds to open up.
They did not kill any gunman, real or imagined, most likely the latter, just Mr McAtee.https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/02/us/d ... index.html
The police have claimed that Mr McAtee was aiming a gun at them (so they waited 9 seconds? Well I suppose you might claim they were making sure of what they were seeing), proveable too, what with body cams. Guess what, they had them switched off. Why?
If their conduct was acceptable why has Crews and the other officer been placed on admin leave and their Chief been fired?
Where is the gun Mr McAtee is supposed to have aimed at the officers and/or National Guards? Why have no Guardsmen who were at least witnesses if not active shooters, been questioned?
If anything, this shows that it is not only the deep seated issues around race, disparity of sentencing, numerous (recorded on phones) incidents which are not officers facing danger but outright executions of unarmed people, it also seems to indicate very poor training, (much shorter than in most Western Police Services), very low standards of entry and an ethos of occupation, not serving.
It's said that the biggest crime in America is 'disrespecting a cop', do that if you are a minority or just poor, even if this is the officer's perception rather than reality, can be lethal on too many occasions. Note how the term 'disrespect' is similar in meaning, context, to what a criminal, street thug, dealer, would use.
'A few bad apples?' It goes much deeper than that, as others have said, a corrupted DA system, so if you grant a near certainty of immunity or leaving with a pension, the poorly trained or just racist officers, or not well chosen as police officers in the first place, will have this sense of immunity and abuse it.
And just don't they?
You can also try to blot out all of the statements Trump has made over 5 years extolling Police treating people 'roughly', baiting his security to beat up people, (he of course is a big of a physical coward as he is a moral one).
But they are still there, were still heard.
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