Rayshard: Police need to learn how to deal with the inebriated

By Perly Viasmensky
An Atlanta police officer involved in the death of a Black man at a fast-food restaurant might have been fired and another placed on administrative duty, authorities confirmed.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot by an officer while fleeing during a struggle at a Wendy’s drive-thru late Friday. Brooks had been asleep in his car at the drive-thru, causing other customers to drive around the car, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Police were dispatched to the Wendy’s around 10:30 p.m., and conducted a sobriety test on Brooks, who failed the test, according to the officials.
During the arrest, Brooks resisted and a struggle ensued, the Bureau of Investigation said. The officer deployed a Taser. Witnesses report that during the struggle Brooks grabbed and was in possession of the Taser. It has also been reported that Brooks was shot by an officer in the struggle over the Taser. Brooks died in the hospital after surgery.
It is sad that another young man has to die at the hands of a police officer, but we all saw the video. The police officer knocked on the car’s window not once, or twice, but three times before they could get some attention from Brooks. It was also on video that Brooks said he was brought to that place by some friends.
Was there any reason for Rayshard Brooks to run from police when they tried to handcuff him? (It was also on video). That was a very stupid action from someone by any race — white, black, yellow or red.
I am well aware that many police officers are very cocky; they believe that the uniform, the badge and the gun give them the authority to mistreat others or to come out with a nasty attitude when they try to impress others. Those are the midgets of every police department. If we are going to talk about women officers, that’s a different story; we are talking about the “macho men” of any police department.
At the same time, we need to put ourselves in the place of those officers that come to work with a good attitude. At the beginning of their shift they stop a driver who committed a traffic violation. The driver responded with an arrogant attitude questioning the officer about the reason for the stop. The officer was nice and polite.
Then, the officer needs to stop someone else and receives the same treatment. By the time that officer gets to you, he is already up to his neck with attitudes of frustrated people and of course he takes the frustration out against you.
If a police officer stops you, for any reason, even if he is a midget half your size, don’t argue with him or her; remember that the officer
is also a human being with the same fears and concerns as all of us.
Be calm, you can always fight him later in court. In the meantime, he is the one with the gun and you have no idea if he or she is trigger happy.
Not all police officers are bad; many of them are dedicated individuals who care about the lives of others. The color of their uniform doesn’t mean a thing. Law enforcement is the key thing.
Let’s take as an example a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper who recently risked his life to save the life of a woman clinging to the edge of a Las Vegas highway overpass. What he did was much more than doing his job. Nobody demonstrates in favor of the Highway Patrol trooper.
Was it the fault of Wendy’s Fast Food that the death of Rayshard Brooks made protesters and demonstrators take it out against the place where innocent people work and earn a living and had nothing to do with the incident?
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegastribune.com.

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