We have an absolute incapacity to address these issues.
You are right, it can’t be tolerated.
But what are we going to do about it?
Serious justice system reform to end the criminalization of skin tone and poverty?
Reducing guns on the streets so police don’t feel like any encounter with the public could end up getting them shot?
Significant investment in education and anti poverty programs to reduce economic disparity?
Since these kind of initiatives are roundly dismissed as radical/socialist/liberal by the people in charge (and their faithful media arm) I suspect not much will happen.
Turning this into talking points to meet an agenda just lets reasonable people dismiss this as another trumped up issue to feed liberal outrage.
Each case is fact specific. Here, an officer kneeled on the neck of a dying (and then dead) man for several minutes while his partner flexed for the crowd. That’s got nothing to do with your agenda, though.
That is not going to change unless we name what is preventing us from fixing this.
Those things have nothing to do with this.
There’s no indication that this was a gun crime or that officers were scared about guns. The victim wasn’t targeted because he was black, but rather because he in all likelihood was a criminal. Billions and billions have been invested into the educational system.
And, using these red herrings just leads others to come back with their own talking points.
It’s why Black Lives Matter is unsuccessful in gaining mainstream acceptance. For every Eric Garner, protestors equally support a thug like Michael Brown.
Just focus on the incident. It’s okay to pick and choose, giving both police and suspect a fair look. Here, even assuming the worst, a resisting criminal was appropriately placed in handcuffs, and then was essentially killed through indifference to human life as an officer kneeled on the neck of a passed out, handcuffed man for several minutes.
The cops failed. The managers who promoted kneeling on somebody’s neck failed. The chiefs who don’t hold their men accountable and who tolerate the thin blue line failed. Focus on individuals, and come down hard on officers who cross the line hard EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Arguing that skin tone is criminalized is not only inaccurate, but it’s counterproductive. The vast, vast majority of criminals are incarcerated because they are in fact guilty. Making the majority of criminals into victims will never win public sympathy.