Loved this take by Charles Barkley on the situation in Ferguson…which has me pondering several things. First, all of this talk by Ferguson police about how they will be self evaluating and the Obama administration also demanding studies/evaluations of how the police need to improve relations with “black communities” and yet not a single discussion of how citizens should NEVER use violence, arson, terroristic threats, etc. as a substitute for 1st Amendment rights. That’s the equivalent of excusing ISIS/ISIL beheading people as a form of “free speech”.
Sir Charles made an important point when he said this:
“[W]e have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods,” he said. “We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad…. Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?”
I have highlighted when rogue cops do bad things. They are, after all, humans and are prone to moral failings. However, a few months ago I did some cursory research on the number of police interactions with the public and how many of those resulted in either deaths or official complaints. If I recall it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 12.5 million official incidences out of that it was about 1/2% resulted in a death or complaint. You would assume some percentage of complaints are perpetrators attempting to deflect from their illegal actions. After all the media and others are quick to blow a story out of proportion if it means grabbing viewers and criminal elements clearly have learned to use this to their advantage.
Part of me would love to see America operate ONE WEEK with NO law enforcement available. What would be the view about law enforcement after that week? The criminals would “vote” for more of that, but I seriously doubt the general public would want to experience that again. However, if you play that one week out to several months who would be hurt most by that little experiment? The poor. The more affluent would either contract with private security firms or increase their security hardware or build higher gates & fences to their properties or even purchase more weapons. The poor are simply subjected to defending themselves with rocks & sticks or stealing a gun or banding together with someone who could afford guns.
In a bit of irony:
SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda was quoted in a statement released by the organization as saying ” All week long, the Rams and the NFL were on the phone with the St. Louis Police Department asking for assurances that the players and the fans would be kept safe from the violent protesters who had rioted, looted, and burned buildings in Ferguson … then, as the players and their fans sit safely in their dome under the watchful protection of hundreds of St. Louis’s finest, they take to the turf to call a now-exonerated officer a murderer, that is way out-of-bounds, to put it in football parlance.”
Finally, there are a lot of chants about “justice” and demands for “justice”. Yet the very ones making these demands clearly demonstrate their ignorance of what justice looks like! Justice for one does not mean making innocent people pay for a situation they had nothing to do with. Ironically, all of the calls for justice neglects to include innocent babies gruesomely murdered in their safe protective wombs every year. Where’s the justice for these babies killed for convenience? Where’s the justice for cops gunned down while they protect communities? Where’s the justice for every other racial individual attacked by individuals of other racial backgrounds?
The protestors aren’t seeking justice for anyone; they are seeking opportunity for future crimes. If Justice was their game then Peace would be their name. These people invoke Martin Luther King, Jr. while violently attacking innocent people & their businesses. MLK absolutely abhorred violence;
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.