If we were to see a pattern of pilots intentionally flying planes into the ground, then perhaps. But that is not a valid analogy.
Except the pattern you are assuming exists doesn't. The media and other organizations are pushing a false narrative about police shooting. Do you know how many unamend black men are shot by police?" I do, think about what you think it is them google it, you will probably be way off. Also understand that "unarmed" doesn't necessarily mean unjustified. Here is an decent article that lays out the statistics of of police shootings. https://www.maciverinstitute.com/2021/0 ... n-america/
ZERO unarmed people of ANY race should not be killed by cops. But, here we are. Cops just shoot as the first option. They seem to injure white people and kill minorities.
First off, do police shoot as a first option? The facts and statistics don’t support your claim. In 2019 ( the last year I could find arrest data) there were 1,004 people killed by being shot by the police (https://www.statista.com/statistics/585 ... e-by-race/
), and there were 10,085,210 arrests (https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/ucr.asp?table_in=2
). That equals .000095% chance of being shot to death by the police. That percentage is just based off of arrest numbers, not encounters, so the actual percentage is even smaller as most encounters don’t end in an arrest. I would hardly say that number supports your assertation that police shoot as the first option.
As far as shooting unarmed people, what if a person was choking an officer? The officer would be 100% justified in shooting that “unarmed” person. What is a person was trying to drown the officer, push them off a bridge or building? I can think of more scenarios that would be justified too, but I hope you get the point. Unarmed doesn’t mean that a person cannot still pose and imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or a third person. BTW, that is the legal standard to which lethal force is authorized in most US jurisdictions. When you charge an officer to protect and serve the public, some times the protection part means they will have to use force. What would you do if someone trying to drown you? I highly doubt you would just let them, rather I would think you would use whatever means necessary to keep from being drowned.
Policing can be ugly and evoke very emotional reactions when the “ugly” side is witnessed. Of course the emotional response from a normal and sane individual is of shock and sometimes horror, it should be. But that doesn’t make what the officer did wrong. Why do you think officers get PTSD and have other mental anguish? They see the worst that society has to offer on a regular basis. Could you deal with death on a regular basis? Could you deal with a young child hiding because mommy or daddy is hitting the other parent and is afraid that they will get hit too? Could you deal with seeing the direct aftermath of rape? Could you deal with seeing a family killed in a car accident and having to tell their loved ones they are gone? All of these, and more, are what a police officer has to deal with on a regular basis.
Yes the George Floyd killing was wrong, I don’t think you will find many officers at all who disagree with that. DC made several mistakes in the way that was handled. I don’t know if they were intentional or not, but it doesn’t matter. Floyd was killed and DC didn’t help him when he went into distress, intentional or not, it doesn’t matter. DC must pay for that mistake. Some officers may feel that DC may have not have had a fair trial due to stupid comments and actions of national politicians, including POTUS, but that is just about fair treatment under the law. Let him have his fair day in court, the video and his actions speak for themselves. He was an idiot for not taking whatever plea hit the table, but a fair trial is his right even with as guilty as he is.
Duante Wright was an accident, a very very tragic accident, he didn’t deserve to die. The officer is paying for her actions, she lost her job and was charged.
Of course there are bad cops, but they are in the minority. Things can and will go bad any time you deal with people that are either committing crimes or are having a mental episode. There really isn’t anything you can do to change that. Police need to do the best they can, and a vast majority of the time they do an amazing job.
Statistics of police using force are not that straight forward. First not all encounters are reported. If nothing comes from an encounter, a large part of the time they aren’t reported. Before going on, let me clarify, I know there are racists in law enforcement. There are racists in every walk of life, why would police be immune? With that said, I truly believe it’s nowhere near what the media wants you to believe. Back to statistics, looking just at the number of people killed by the police broken down by race, black people have a greater chance than white people of being killed when looking at the percentage of population. That is a true statement, but it only looks at the percentage of general population. It doesn’t tell the whole story. Most people (all races) in the US don’t have regular contact with the police. So now look at the numbers killed by the police (by race) but compare that to the number of police encounters/contacts broken down by race look at the amount of violent crimes committed by race, etc. That shows a much different picture, which is more correct? I would say neither, it’s got to be somewhere in the middle. Another valid question, if police are so racist, why are Hispanics generally killed at the same rate as whites? I fully understand that Hispanics are Caucasian, but I think its fair to consider them a separate race for this conversation as the statistics track them as separate. BTW, I think there is only one race, the human race, everyone else just has a different skin tone. Heck, with four people in my house, we all have a different skin color.
Right now it is in vouge to call police racist, and that is your prerogative and right, but nothing will change or get better is you are not willing to have an honest conversation about the issue. Hell, race was never even brought up in the Floyd trial. BTW, I hope DC rots in jail for a long time. No one is talking about all of the good police do in communities. A Gallup pole last year showed that 20% of black people want the police to spend more time it their neighborhood, 61% want the time to stay the same, with only 19% wanting less. That doesn’t tell me that black people don’t want to defund the police, 80% want the same or more vs 19% for less. OF those polled, Gallup found that black people are only slightly more likely to see police in their neighborhoods than other races. The same survey did find that black people think they are far mor likely to have a bad encounter with the police. That is a problem that needs to be addressed. What is the answer? I don’t know, but what I do know is that we will never find that answer if we keep just generalizing police as being racists. There needs to be an honest discussion on all sides. https://news.gallup.com/poll/316571/bla ... sence.aspx