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How NOT to Win Friends and Influence People

So apparently, the general Black community attitude is that law enforcement is racist against them, assuming they are all a bunch of criminals, gang members and generally violent and dangerous people and then treat them ridiculously harshly.

So then to prove to people that this law enforcement attitude about them is wrong, they… riot, loot stores, destroy property and generally behave in a violent and dangerous manner.

Ummm…

UPDATE: More from discussion where I shared this on Facebook:

LA, Detroit, protests too. “I can’t Breathe” sounds like “Hands up”. I feel bad for the families of the victim, but these actions taken only take away from the sincerity of empathy by overshadowing the incident.

Yep. For me it’s a chicken and the egg type of situation regarding law enforcement “brutality” and Black community violence and criminality.

Do law enforcement have a bias against the Black community in general because the community is full of criminals, gang bangers, drug users/dealers and violent offenders who generally have zero respect towards law enforcement officers and do not shy away from violence towards them?

Or did those in the Black community become criminals, gang bangers, drug users/dealers and violent offenders with zero respect towards law enforcement officers only after law enforcement officers treated those in the Black community poorly for so long?

Or, is it a combination of both somehow?

Personally, I default to siding with police. Except in these extreme cases of the officer in Minneapolis, who seems to either be a bad cop or completely went overboard during the arrest of a suspect.

But is he a bad cop in general two just likes to treat suspects like this? Or maybe does he have experience with suspects violently resisting arrest and he has learned from that to never take chances and to use violence himself in securing a suspect, this time going overboard?

I don’t know the answers to those questions.

All I do know is that if you want to prove to someone that their opinion of you being prone to violent and dangerous behavior is wrong, you don’t do that by… participating in violent and dangerous behavior.

UPDATE: Great commentary by J.J. Sefton on this topic at this morning’s Ace of Spades HQ Morning Report:

That said, the good news is for the first time in over three months, we are leading with something other than the General Tso’s Sicken. The bad news is it’s another incident involving the police killing of a black suspect, and more to the point the instantaneous reaction of thugs, miscreants, agitators and more tragically, black people who have been abused for 50 years by a political party and movement that have brainwashed them into believing they are their saviors. More on that salient point in a moment.

Evidently, George Floyd was in the process of being arrested by Minneapolis cops when in video footage he appears agitated, violent and by all appearances attempting to resist arrest. At some point though, one officer had Floyd face down on the ground, with his knee on his neck. Whether it was that or something else in the interim, the next thing we know is Floyd was taken to a hospital where he died soon after.

The rest is sadly predictable. As with Mike Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner and others, Minneapolis erupted in rioting and looting, with copycat lunacy in Los Angeles where the freeway was shut down by “protestors.” That’s another thing: if you are breaking in and looting stores and setting fire to buildings, you are not protestors. You are thuggish animals that justifiably could be shot on sight to stop the mayhem. As for Floyd, there was a warrant out for his arrest and apparently he was wanted for fraud or forgery or some other pretty serious crime. That said, violent or not, I cannot see how it is correct police procedure to have your knee on someone’s neck with your body weight pressing down on it. But, this is getting into the weeds on some broader issues. I’ll hit them as separate points that hopefully weave themselves together into a cogent observation in toto:

Be sure to go there and read the rest.

May 28, 2020 , 5:58AM - Posted by | Uncategorized

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