Respectfully Roy - what country have you been living in the past 30 years ?
This is nothing new. Tawana Brawley, Michael Brown, the Chipman Street 5, Trayvon Martin, Stephon Clark, Duke Lacrosse, to name but a few liars.
Don’t forget Ashley Todd: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-mccain-worker-made-up-attack-story/
And Susan Smith: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Smith
And Charles Stuart: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Stuart_(murderer)
Or the Central Park 5.
I suppose next you’re going to tell me the two young men who were arrested for being in Starbucks while black aren’t real?
I believe the main topic intended was direct police-suspects incidents, not general news stories about people lying about their crimes.
Fair enough. I responded that way because you threw out a series of examples that went broader. The man who killed the unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, was George Zimmerman - not a police officer. The Duke Lacrosse team story was about drunken frat boy misconduct, not police misconduct. Even the Tawana Brawley case was a false accusation by a 15-year old girl that six white men, only one of whom was a police officer, had raped her. What you were saying, it seemed to me, was that accusations of racism or frat boy behavior have been made up and highly publicized for 30 years.
The examples I came up with were the opposite to the ones you brought up. They weren’t just generalized stories of people lying about their crimes. They were highly publicized stories in which a white person made up a lie that a black person had attacked him or her.
And to tie it back, I also referred to the recent Starbucks incident, where two young men were arrested simply because of their race. They did nothing wrong, whatsoever.
I could have named other, much worse, instances where police were more directly involved. Like Walter Scott - the black driver who was shot in the back. The officer filed a false report and the department’s initial public statements backed him up. If there had been no video, that man’s summary execution - shot in the back - would have gone unpunished. That one woke me up, big time.
My point is - While the OP is right that some accusations are false, it would be wrong to be generally dismissive of all such accusations. That they’re all made up. And to me, that is how your post read. The body cameras are not perfect, but hopefully will improve things.
(In case you are counting Zimmerman as an officer because he was in neighborhood watch - have you tracked how many police reports he has been the subject of since the shooting? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Zimmerman