“Too Bad”

That was the response today from someone when I was discussing the recent shooting of the 18 year old over armed robbery.

I was literally speechless. In his mind, I guess, the actions of committing armed robbery completely justify the shooting death of the 18 year old by the police because he “was a criminal.” And after all, if he just had the common sense to avoid answering the door without carrying something in his hand, this might all have not happened. We should consider ourselves lucky, though. If the OTHER man in the house, a friend of the deceased, had answered the door, we might have an actual innocent person dead. Fortunately, this time it was only a criminal.

I have to say that I’m a little depressed, because I don’t even know how to go about changing a mind like that. Someone who sees absolutely nothing wrong with the death of an 18 year old who was brandishing a deadly PS3 controller at police is someone who’s almost beyond the point of debate.

Of course, the police could stop acting like an occupying force, breaking doors down and brandishing automatic weapons, and actually do its job: to protect and serve their citizens. But that would put officers’ lives at risk, and we can’t have that. It’s understandable, though. There are criminals out there, dangerous criminals, criminals that brandish game controllers, and we can’t rest until each and every one of them is behind bars. Or dead. And I’ll be damned if some innocent deaths stand in the way.

  • http://www.thelibertypapers.org/2006/11/22/comrades-i-hereby-declare-the-revolution/ Adam Selene

    Not only is our police culture corrupted, but so is our culture more generally. Over 30 years of the War on Drugs has left most of our citizens numb to the brutality that is our modern police forces. They answer charges of police abusiveness with statements like “it’s dangerous for cops out there, they have to protect themselves” or “sometimes bad things happen, that doesn’t mean we should stop fighting crime”. Or, as Mike experienced, “too bad”. As if the death of a man is no big deal, especially if he’s been accused of a crime.

    Never mind that the alleged criminal never had the opportunity to defend himself in court. As some folks I know might say, “well, that saved the taxpayers some money”.

    Never mind that it could easily have been the roommate that was accused of nothing. That, of course, would be a tragedy, but “these things happen” when you’re dealing with crime, you see.

    Never mind that the police are supposed to protect our rights. You see, these days their job is to bust non-violent drug criminals and protect themselves from the incredibly violent and well armed drug gangs that they created.