The media, as is their normal overreaction, have been quick to jump on the case against the police officers, just like they did in times past in Ferguson, Baltimore and most recently in Minneapolis. Of those, only Minneapolis was a case of clear police misconduct but, even then, the media went so far as to literally "egg on" the violence which followed there and in so many other urban areas as well. And now, in Atlanta, where street riots followed and the Wendy's where the shooting incident occurred was destroyed by arson, little if any mention is made of the response by quickly formed rioters. As ins common,, the media overlooks the violence and destruction that has hurt so many needlessly and makes excuses for the mob action based upon the incident. Furthermore, in the Atlanta incident, there are so many things that are strange in the treatment of the police officers that have not been addressed at all except by a few brave reporters who are scooping what really happened. The deceased victim, Rayshard Brooks, was on probation for a number of violations including domestic violence and abusive treatment of a child. In his case, a parole violation from a DUI would likely result in a voiding his parole and putting him back in jail. That would explain his change of countenance when told he was being arrested for a DUI after being well over the limit on a breath test. It is also now known that the second officer, Devin Brosnan was tased by Brooks after he wrestled away the taser and as he fell in response to the taser, he suffered a concussion. Then there is the matter of Brooks turning and firing at Officer Rolfe and the use of the taser by the subject also is considered deadly force according to Georgia law. DA Howard stated as much in an earlier case, yet isn't it amazing how in this case he not only failed to mention that, he stated that at no time was Brooks of danger to the officers. Both were physically assaulted, he resisted arrest, made a run for it and then turned quickly to make the motion of firing. So, here we have a police officer running after someone who had broken the law, had assaulted them and had to make a judgment call in the flash of a second. And now we are told that the police should not only be powerless to defend themselves, but they should have just let him go. What if Rolfe had also been tased and was incapacitated and what if at that time Brooks decided to cause more harm? No one wants to think about that from the officer's point of view. Surely a close investigation is in order, but to make a felony murder charge in such a case is clearly out of line.
So, now that so many urban police departments are being faced with defunding and in others police now have no idea of how to defend themselves when it is necessary in dealing with those who have no respect for the law, what are we expected to do when we need an officer? That is the $64000 question and there is no answer right now, but without police officers on the street and on duty in our schools, the future will be chaos and violence on steroids. It's already showing that in those cities thinking that we can police ourselves without the mechanisms to do so. Of that, we will rue the day when police are needed and it will be too late. We might find out sooner than later as large numbers of police are calling in sick or otherwise refusing to go on calls where they will be sitting ducks with no course to respond.
Look, I get it that there are some bad apples in law enforcement work, just like there are some bad apples in all occupations. But to immediately assume that the police are guilty of something without a thorough and fair investigation would be like saying a doctor was guilty of malfeasance with no evidence of any wrongdoing in their tough job of saving lives. It doesn't make sense and it is obvious that what is driving this is not really about race at all but about destroying the very fabric of law and order that is needed in our land. I am also sure that if we required a modicum of self-control and good decision making on the part of citizens when dealing with the police, most of the problems would never fester in the first place. The average police officer, just like you and me, wants to go home to his family at the end of his shift and unwind. But while working, he has the difficult task of being ready to deal with lawbreakers and keep them from causing harm to others. To play Monday morning without all the facts is dangerous and if we don't get it under control, this society will burn out of control.
Just think about what it would be like if you were in a major car accident and there were no police officers? Or what about if someone was routinely driving through your neighborhood at breakneck speed and there were no police? How about a home break-in or a violent crime against a loved one? One thing I know for your, sending a social worker to your house isn't going to make things better and they probably wouldn't even want to come without a police escort depending on where you might reside. And, yes, Black Lives Matter, but so do Caucasian Lives, Hispanic Lives, Asian Lives and All Lives Matter. And those lives that matter include Blue Lives as well. The sooner we come to that realization as the truth, the sooner we can solve the problems we face. It's known as honesty and we have to look at the entire picture, not just the selected parts that the politically correct want us to.
Finally, why did the two leaders in Atlanta come so quick to judgment? Politics, plain and simple. Mayor Bottoms would love to be Joe Biden's vice presidential pick and is rumored to be on the short list and DA Howard is up for reelection and isn't doing so well to date based upon his record. What's the easiest thing for someone in his party to use to stir up his voting base? Racism, pure and simple. Pay attention, folks, we can do much better than this for all citizens. Now will somebody please pass me the bottle of Aunt Jemima or Mrs. Butterworth's? Oh, I guess that is another discussion for a different day.