These men and women are willing to sacrifice their lives in battle to preserve the ‘roar’ of freedom. Some of them will die in service to this country. I couldn’t help but to compare them (men and women from all nationalities and various upbringings) to the protesters elsewhere in the country.
Protests are focused on THE POLICE, not the military — at least not this time. Like the graduates of the military academies, police officers could also die on the streets while serving and protecting their communities. Police deaths do not seem to get national attention that continues for more than a few newscasts. Even the execution of Officers Beck and Soldo only made the news for a few days. Compare this to how long the news covers incidents where the police use deadly force. There are concerns about President Obama’s failure to even acknowledge the deaths of police officers during his term in office.
Police in cities all over the U.S. are now facing protesters (and thugs) who are misguided in their search for ‘social justice’ or ‘equality’ and the police can deliver neither. The protesters WANT this and WANT that, but I’m not hearing the words ‘personal responsibility’ used very often. You also don’t hear those uncomfortable discussions about stopping violence ‘within’ races very often. Black on black violence far exceeds any police use of deadly force. The new ‘face’ of the cause seems to be a different criminal each week.
The ‘false narratives’ continue, but for how long? Maybe those seeking social justice will work within the system and attempt LEGITIMATE change one of these days and try to stop the cowards who blend in just to riot and burn down buildings.
In my opinion, America will continue to decline if so many of the politicians, promoters, and thugs (who would quit on Day 1 of any boot camp or a police academy)… keep getting more attention than those who risk their lives to serve… and isn’t it ironic that military academy graduates must commit to their service for five or more years after they endure their training, but murderers often get out of prison in less than five years?
WHAT IS A FALSE NARRATIVE?
A perfect example was in yesterday’s paper. There was a story about the ‘alleged’ gang rape in a fraternity house at the University of Virginia. The story in the Rolling Stone magazine (http://www.rollingstone.com/
“But if anything, the takeaway from all this is that I still don’t really care if what’s presented in this article is true or not… because I think it’s far more important that people focus on the issue of sexual assault as a whole.” So it is okay to accuse a bunch of college frat boys of a horrible gang rape so long as it generates intense debate about sexual violence, alcohol, fraternities, and journalism ethics? Does anyone remember the Duke Lacrosse team?
AMAZING: THE TRUTH DOES NOT MATTER (in any given incident) BECAUSE IT IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON THE CAUSE AS A WHOLE! So advocates of social change or any other issue are free to vilify a man just trying to do his job (Darren Wilson) and destroy his life so long as they generate some attention for their cause?
So ‘false narratives’ are why it did NOT matter if Michael Brown had his ‘hands-up’ or NOT, or if Eric Garner died from a police choke-hold or NOT? Pick your recent topic (NFL domestic violence, Bill Cosby rapes, University of Virginia campus rape, Adrian Peterson child abuse) and apply the same standard. It does not matter if the allegation is true because the issue is important enough to address!?
Wouldn’t we be better served to address a known problem (spousal abuse/domestic violence, child abuse, campus rape, police tactics and use of force) and start with the facts and the truth? These problems, and others, certainly need to be addressed but not with information (and people) who are at the bottom of the trash can. Good American citizens don’t need a false symbol to address a problem. The media is responsible for ‘creating’ a false narrative and false symbols (for ratings? for fame?). They ‘run’ with a false narrative to whip up a frenzy which is destructive.
RIO HOTEL SHOOTING I didn’t see much attention given to the shooting of the robbery subject at the Rio. The ‘new’ undersheriff, Kevin McMahill, held a press conference and the video was released to the media and on YouTube. McMahill explained that Metro was able to release the video right away because it was not needed for prosecution — the suspect is DEAD! Metro creates ‘false narratives’ about transparency and other subjects but you need to be paying attention. Bottom line — if Metro can use something to their advantage, it will be done.
The RJ reported, “Detectives from Metro’s robbery career criminal sections began surveillance of Moore on Saturday evening, where he was observed driving a rental car with license plates that changed throughout the night. He also changed into clothes that were similar to those he wore in previous robberies, police said. Detectives caught up to Moore in a populated area of the Rio on the casino floor around 5 a.m. on Sunday morning. Detectives Sean Beck and Thomas Faller attempted to take Moore into custody, but a struggle ensued. Metro said Beck saw Moore pull a gun out of a gym bag he was carrying and told him to drop it. Metro said Moore disobeyed and managed to fire one round when Beck shot once, striking him in the neck. He was declared dead at the scene. Metro has released surveillance footage showing the first part of the encounter.”
McMahill’s press conference makes it look like we are going to have another four years of ‘tough talk’ designed to defend and deflect and shut down any legitimate inquiries. This is the ‘culture’ of the LVMPD but it does not represent the culture of all police departments in
America. Chief Ed Flynn from Milwaukee fired an officer after the fatal shooting of a homeless man who started to strike the officer with a club. THE OFFICER WAS FIRED FOR NOT FOLLOWING DEPARTMENT POLICY THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE SHOOTING…NOT FOR THE FATAL SHOOTING ITSELF.
The intensity and traumatic nature of the incident that lasted a few seconds should bring forward many important questions. And the areas of concern have nothing to do with the shot to the back of the neck that killed the suspect. McMahill was upset that some people were
calling it an execution.
In each of these incidents the analysis that must take place (other than the final decision to employ use of deadly force) should begin with the severity of the crime, the need for immediate apprehension, the danger of flight or injury to officers or citizens. It should then examine the supervision, personnel/resources, the location of the take-down, the timing, the distance, etc. The detectives should have to explain their decision-making. They ran right up on the suspect inside the hotel/casino! Why did they do that? How can that be justified? What options could have been employed to prevent loss of life?
I’ll be waiting to read the Office of Internal Oversight report on this one. Everyone should want to know the answers. McMahill was loud and proud and defiant (in ‘classic Metro tradition’) when he denied that Metro ‘executed’ the suspect. I wonder if anyone asked questions after his ‘press release’ because I didn’t see that part on YouTube.
I’m sure that bystanders who didn’t know what was happening (or how police operate) actually DID feel that there was an unnecessary
shooting. Metro’s “Wild, Wild, West” mentality is part of the culture that will not be tolerated forever.
NEXT WEEK: Police Leaders, Promoted Policemen, Pretenders & Politicians
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