The boys in blue just might leave you blue, black and bruised for the mere failure to cooperate as they say you should.
The demonstration of unwarranted, excessive police force continues to be a problem in the U.S.
Cell phone video of a bikini-clad teen being forced to the ground while attending a pool party in Arlington quickly gained attention on social media as it went viral.
Police Officer for the McKinney Police Department Eric Casebolt can be seen in the video using profanity towards the teen and others there as well as drawing his gun on them.
Another case of reference is with the untimely death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland. After being unjustly arrested following a routine traffic stop by a Texas state trooper, Bland was found in her holding cell dead from an apparent suicide by hanging, according to an article by the New York Times.
Bland was a victim of aggravated police hostility inflicted on her during the time of her arrest. She was stopped for failure to use a turn signal.
When the officer instructed her to put out her cigarette, she refused and was placed under arrest. Bland exited from her vehicle only after Casebolt drew his taser and told her, “I will light you up,” according to the NYT.
The officer involved in the arrest and death of Bland received only administrative consequences from his department, and many other cases end with officers being allowed to return to active duty after being minimally disciplined.
Police have various other methods to utilize instead of their firearms, such as tasers and clubs. Both are non-lethal options that can be substituted in place of reaching for their gun’s trigger.
Failure to cooperate with an officer’s instructions or for simply having an attitude when speaking to them, does not grant lawful authorization to end somebody’s life, or use excessive force.
Police have protocols specified for escalated situations, but many times those procedures are ignored, and lives are lost with very little reason as to why it had to reach that point. Often times those same instances happen very quickly.
In the case of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old child, Cleveland police described him as a possibly dangerous adult male as he played with his airsoft pellet gun and threw snowballs at a local park.
Arriving on the scene after 9-1-1 calls, Police Officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed Rice within only two seconds of stepping out of his police cruiser.
Loehmann claimed to believe the pellet gun was an actual firearm, but 9-1-1 calls that instigated the police response had expressed it was probably a fake gun. Aside from that matter, is two seconds enough time to make such a brash decision?
From personal experiences dealing with police I have witnessed first hand the small amount of tolerance police have for what they deem as disrespectful, having attitude, or failure to cooperate.
If you are doing something wrong and officers feel that for any reason they can justify why they are going to shoot you, it’s hard not to believe that it may just happen.
Time and time again we as Americans have witnessed the continual racial profiling of minority races in the United States. Though cases like these aren’t limited to just one race in particular, evidence of occurrences show minorities do receive the bulk end of police brutality, most of the time.
Unarmed African American males, and others, have been killed at the hands of police one too many times. Gawker Media reported at least fourteen of these instances throughout 2014 alone.
Police are supposed to judge situations without any bias when they make decisions. Law enforcement officers are expected to take all factors into consideration.
There is a fine line between unwarranted killings committed on individuals that police officers didn’t have to use their firearms for, and suspects who were actual threats that gave police no choice other than to use deadly force.
Cops just don’t care who they cross the line for.