Please point out to a single post on this board where I've ever defended a bad cop. I haven't.
You may think you haven't, but when you write:
As horrible as some of these cases are, the statistics absolutely don't support the narrative that the anti-police crowd is pushing. I can find plenty of videos to show to you of officers being brutally murdered on the job as well.
it reads exactly that way. The fact that cops die in the line of duty is an "excuse" or "explanation" for why they're overly aggressive in arresting innocent (until proven guilty) members of the public and end up killing them. Whether your intent or not, I'm just saying it's how your post can be read.
I appreciate the input. Part of the reason I come off that way is because I believe the opposing viewpoint is well-represented on this board. I'm attempting to provide a bit of balance, but please understand that I absolutely don't support bad cops or police brutality in any form. I just don't believe that it is as prevalent as some would have us believe.
And therein lies you problem.
See this headline..."Bias against women driven by people who think it doesn’t exist: studyhttps://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/bias-a ... ist-study/
..that factual thought process matches perfectly with the decades of cries from the black community.
Whites heard the complaints but never believed it - until it was in their faces, now it is real...as real as it ever was.
It took decades for visual proof to arrive in the form of the Rodney King video from over 30 years ago...even that was not enough.
Since then and the availability of handy easier recording devices, the evidence has be doing nothing but solidifying the exist that is worse then you can begin to imagine.
Then the Floyd Killing came along and people saw it live worldwide and that broke the damn wide open - a law officer doing it while smirking while being filmed.
The world reacted..they have heard/lived the 1000s of stories and 1000s of those past suddenly are compelled to be reviewed because the long track recorded of bad cops 'finally caught' points to past cases. That mounting evidence will never convince someone like you because you are so far gone down the path of 'it doesn't exist'.
The evolution of Police Brutality is evidenced in legal and political actions such as Reagan's 'Just Say No' drug campaign...a nationwide crackdown on the slightest whiff of marijuana even cases of 'planted drugs' ALL in minority neighborhoods for decades - never in white communities (because there's no drugs there - so no need to bother searching, right) and these result 'healthcare rehab treatment. These decades of destroying millions or young lives, young families over what is virtually legal in every major city today. The Opioid Drug crisis is a healthy issue they tell us...but the same drug issue in minority communities is 'a drug infestation crime problem' aka demand of imprisonment creating lifelong criminal records.
They very police, detectives, LE agencies knew all along this was a bogus unjust application of the law because in their own white communities their brother, sisters,m mothers, fathers, uncles, aunties, in-laws, co-workers were flaunting, evading the very laws they were enforcing in minority communities all the while demonizing the areas where police crime fighting was taking place - took bad some people were victimized in these bad areas - but hey, 'they are bad areas'...Now try to get COPS to go into white communities and observe the hidden law breaking...it would blow your mind.
You need to watch a few episodes of America Divided, it would open your eyes to so much you are clearly unaware of. However, it's clear you have wish to observe such areas of this equation because you've clearly stated as much - the little you do is enough to compel you to defend the Cop side of the equation because you feel they are unfairly assailed...anyone not aware of the above would conclude the exact same perspective.
Because millions ARE aware is why millions are in street worldwide because, they seen it, lived it, learned about it and it is too much for them to tolerate in the face of mounting visual evidence of actual acts of brutality and cops making boneheaded statements and losing their jobs by telling us or FB 'how they really feel'...
...those three "God, I can't kill to start killing n*****rs Cops in Wilmington, people sharing similar thoughts as you 'think it's just those 'three' on that tiny police force. It never occurs to the closed minded to observe that wicked thought to ask, what about the next polipoce force in the adjacent town and 100,000 other little southern towns strewn across the country. They all attend police functions, they chat, compare notes, share thoughts and who knows what else. But those three cops exist in many places because no corrective measures where ever taken nor 'needed' in the minds of superiors (who also shared their opinions online and lost their jobs in the era of challenging policing. Question is...how many are staying silent to remain hidden in the ranks, because they know the 'Good Cops' are not yet at the point of 'ratting them out'..and they stay silent but that shield of protection is weakening as evidenced by the many police chiefs around the country kneeled and stood, marched with protesters.
As a person who has seen this arch develop over the years, that is clear evidence that police reform is coming. I thought I'd never see so many higher up officers owning up to faulty policing and not be afraid to stand and be counted. Things are indeed changing, not fast enough...but faster than every similar event of protest from the past. Those standout police chiefs are proof of that - like I said that is unprecedented and sending messages to rank and file good cops 'that they have their backs'.
That is the right direction in police police reform...not the 'Law and Order' campaigns originated by George Wallace in Alabama and nationalized by Richard Nixon and now a weak play being tried by the current bumbling fool in the WH.
"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson