Brown could have been afraid... As a black man in this country, we know we are targetted.. His mind could have been all over the place in that moment and all he could think of was to just get in his car and leave.. right or wrong that could have been his thought.
I feel he was Scared because when they asked him to Show his hands his first response was holding something.. Why would he say that? Why would he feel the need to inform the officer that he was holding something.. Because We have all seen Blacks shot down for holding Keys, Cellphones, Skittles... How man blacks have been murdered for holding something that at first looked like a gun... Hell, a few months back a man was shot inside of his car for reaching for his Registration (After informing police that he had a license to carry a gun)
You guys may see this as some kind of a joke but its very real in our community. I know it's not worth understanding to most of you.. I know its easier to just call the kid a jerk and say he got what he deserved...
Also, what was the point in Tasing him when he was already on the ground... Was that cop who tased him acting rationally when that happened.. Was that part of the training?
IS it not hard to imagine that the cop who actually tased the incapacitated black man would be the one who shot him if he showed his hands... Is it hard to believe that by keeping his hands in his pockets he could have actually have saved his life...
I can tell you all this... Noone thought that the kid had a gun because if they actually thought that, recent history says they would have shot him at least 15 times.
What a rationale and unbiased take.
So in other words you're basically saying that a black person NEVER has to comply with a lawful order from a police officer because they could be afraid. So the reason(s) for them being stopped or detained is of little importance because their fear outweighs that particular officer's lawful need for detaining them. No accountability whatsoever because they could be scared. Gotta love it!
I respect your stance,
I just hope you share the same sentiment when an unarmed kid is killed by a group of officers who claim that they "Feared for their lives"
It is my opinion that the way that black kids are being raised to fear and hate law enforcement will end up one or both of two ways:
1) A lot of needlessly dead black people
2) Reduction of Police presence in black communities.
Both ways, the black community suffers. There are a lot of good black people living in dangerous communities that rely on law enforcement and actually make the phone call.
Sorry, I donít know if this is offensive, but just my point of view as a neutral observant.
I think because #1 has unfortunately been happening, #2 may be inevitable. No city wants to see their crime rates increase (especially violent ones), but they canít have these police protests that often turn violent. The publicity of a debateable shooting is something so [dang]ing to a police force in a smaller community.
The media doesnít care about dead black people unless they are killed by white officers. I understand that black people feel targeted, and that must be a horrible feeling and bring a natural resentment. But when an officer is telling you what to do, comply. I donít buy fear as a reason to be non-compliant. If you have something in your hand that can be mistaken for a weapon, drop it. If a group of cops have their guns pointed at me yelling for me to drop what I have in my hand, Iím pretty sure Iím dropping whatever Iím holding.
But because hating law enforcement has become the motto of some black people, especially those in areas that crime is prevalent, we may see a reduction of patrolmen in these hostile communities. The vast majority of officers actually care about keeping people safe. ALL people. They are out there patrolling for our safety, not thereís. Take officers out of these high-crime areas and shootings will rise, not decrease.
A New York Supreme Court Justice a couple years ago had a high(ish)-profile case in front of him for sentencing and with all the media in the audience went ahead and said ďblack lives donít matter.... to black people with guns.Ē And itís true. And will only get worse without strong police presence and people in those areas donít understand that.
Itís not hard to be a law-abiding citizen, it really isnít. If you are one, you donít need to run from police or be confrontational or combatant. Profiling is abhorrent but escalating the situation isnít the answer.