Rollin' Like Sisyphus

The Instigation Of Righteous Black Anger — Take Eight

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on April 8, 2015
Let's roll...

Let’s roll…

Twenty-second verse, same as the first:

A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away … The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled.

So let’s get it out of the way: cops are dicks and violent thugs trying to kill black people, stupid black people shouldn’t have been causing trouble, if the perp didn’t want to get shot in the back, he should have ran toward the cop, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
You know, a cynical man might think this is all a rigged ploy to finally get one of these goddamn cases to stick.
To wit:

The debate over police use of force has been propelled in part by videos like the one in South Carolina. In January, prosecutors in Albuquerque charged two police officers with murder for shooting a homeless man in a confrontation that was captured by an officer’s body camera. Federal prosecutors are investigating the death of Eric Garner, who died last year in Staten Island after a police officer put him in a chokehold, an episode that a bystander captured on video. A video taken in Cleveland shows the police shooting a 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, who was carrying a fake gun in a park. A White House policing panel recommended that police departments put more video cameras on their officers.

A cynical man may not be able to shake the idea that this is all a staged flashpoint to keep racial animus alive, as if someone, somewhere in a position of authority desperately wants to finally show us how irredeemably raciss we all in fact are.
A cynical man would likely have some difficulty getting over how nearly perfect the recording taken by a nameless bystander offering no corroborating interview was – framed perfectly, fairly clear for a smartphone video camera taken at some presumed distance away from the incident, and not a single herky-jerky movement as the shots fired, like so many cell phone videos in similar situations show.
A cynical man may also have difficulty getting past the fact that the cell phone video clearly captured everything before, during and after the incident, up to and including the incriminating planting of evidence by the officer, and the calm yet symbolic cuffing of a presumed dead man by his partner who apparently faces no charges at all.
It’s a good thing I’m not a cynical man.

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  1. El Borak said, on April 8, 2015 at 13:24

    If I weren’t a cynical man I would note that it’s about high time someone got one of these on camera.

    • Huckleberry said, on April 9, 2015 at 08:57

      Yeah, that’s the kind of list that’s going to make the Patrolman’s Benevolent Foundation Pancake Breakfast increasingly awkward going forward.
      Not sure I buy the math or the data entirely, especially since they’re not comparing per capita, but US police in all jurisdictions killed more of those it protects and serves than the UK police force did in the 20th century.
      Of course, a brief look at the UK stats for the 21st century may reveal another kettle of fish entirely.

  2. Doom said, on April 8, 2015 at 15:30

    I’m with Huck… I think. Dubious. Red flag.


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