And now, yet ANOTHER unarmed Black man is dead. His mistake while picking up some McDonald’s food for his kids? He drove an SUV while Black. So obviously, he must be a suspect.
Now here’s the takeaway from this video: Listen to the language a police spokesman used after the killing. It speaks volumes on how screwed up the psyches and cultures of police departments are now:
“WE DON’T HAVE A DUTY TO RETREAT AS A POLICE OFFICER.”
That’s right. Discretion and level-headed judgement and life-saving training are seen as RETREAT — a cowardly act in the face of enemy fire. Except this is yet another case in which there is no enemy fire. There is no weapon. There isn’t even an enemy. And yet, this kind of police culture sees the whole world as a battlefield, swarming with a perpetually-armed enemy. There are no civilians, only potential assassins. No one is innocent until proven guilty.
This is precisely the kind of thinking — or lack thereof — that gets people killed for no reason — especially Black men and Native American men and Hispanic men. For this kind of police officer, the job is all about combat. It’s all about being aggressive. It’s all about citizenry-as-enemy. It’s all about fulfilling their macho militarized fantasies. And in the end, instead of being all about keeping the peace and helping protect people, it’s all about death. #BlackLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter #WeCantBreathe