While I agree 100% here, this also transcends race. It speaks of a deeper, more sinister problem with police as a whole. Here in Portland, the Police just killed yet another unarmed retarded guy. Last year, the Sandy Police shot and killed an unarmed naked man at a traffic accident scene. The man was naked because all of his clothes were burnt off from the crash and he was hysterical from the intense burns so the cops shot him. In all of the last 5 high profile cases where the Portland Police have killed someone, it has been white on white and the victim has been unarmed.
Every time, these thugs get off scott free and cops are never held accountable. In your story, it said 41 shots fired; to me that is pretty excessive force. Police in this country are becoming nothing more than SS style storm troopers with their jack boots and arm bands. They have a real "us versus" them mentality when it comes to the civilian population. These bullies are making it terrible for the dwindling few cops on the force who are interested in serving the public and protecting society. I feel bad for the good ones.
Alarmingly, I see this attitude within the military as well. As a former military guy myself, I find this attitude disturbing. The top brass in the military tends to promote this attitude and I see a real change in the attitudes of military members today from what it was like when I was in. Something to keep in mind is in just about every dictatorship in the world, it has been the country`s own military and police who have turned against the populations and the government. I think we have more to fear from our police and our military than we do from criminals.
It's an amazing scenerio you depict.
I am fortunate to have trained with military personel but never to have served. I'm too much of a free thinker. Unfortunately growing up in the 'hood' of the Bronx in NY, there were few escapes that my friends and I could choose from; military, police, or dealing. About 90% of my friends joined various branches of the the military, 2% police, the rest either ended up dead or in jail. Guess I was too clean cut for any of the other pursuits.
Out of the 92%, about 75% were dicks, bullies, and junior SS in train, so it makes sense they would go to careers where they could flex their 'dicklike' tendancies. The ones in the military got out and either went into law enforcement or security to continue their dickdom.
I tend to loathe the police. I've never seen so much crookedness in any other profession. From all the cops I personally knew, only 1 I keep in touch with and it's more of a like/loathe kinda relationship. But I guess there is a general attitude that must prevail in order to want to join. I'm one of the lucky ones who didn't have to choose between the 2. Then again, I don't feel the need to be superior to everyone or beat them into submission with either my attitude or hands.
You're very right about fearing the military and the police more so then the criminals. It's hard to prove self defense when there's no black or white but blue and camo.