Someone has to fucking say it, might as well be me.
The caller said Tamir had what appeared to be a toy gun – he saw a child who needed someone to have a very serious discussion with them, but he was also kind of scared that might have been a real gun, and didn’t want to take any chances.
Dispatch either neglected to inform the responders of, or the responders ignored, the ‘toy’ part of the information given initially.
Without any hesitation, Loehmann shot young Tamir Rice because he allegedly believed that he was pointing the gun at him and his partner. Loehmann shot in spite of the person who dialed 9-1-1 telling them twice that the gun was “probably fake.” After they killed him, police inspected the gun to discover that it was an air soft pellet-gun, which is basically a toy.
The tragic incident was captured on surveillance video.
Responders respond, assessing the situation as one best handled A) without engaging the suspected gunman in conversation, and B) without giving medical treatment as soon as the suspect is down.
Juvenile female claiming to be sister, hysterical, pinned to ground while brother bleeds to death without said medical treatment, because that was what was safest for everyone in that moment…
Maybe it’s just me, but what the fuck would be the point of this decision? “Watch your little brother bleed to death, and remember to stay the fuck in line”? Did no one hear anything she was saying, or did they not care? She didn’t need assistance, she needed restraining. The boy didn’t need assistance, he needed to die.
…can’t imagine any other reason why that would have happened.
Suicidal white teen huddling in trash can ‘siced’ on by dog as part of the K9’s training exercises, implicating text messages affirm.
Cop catches mother stealing eggs, has a food drive and delivers perishables to her home. And again, something similar.
Border patrol agent kidnapped, raped, and sliced open the arms of a mother and her daughter – mother ran while agent was assaulting her daughter, to get help FROM OTHER AGENTS, who promptly busted in mid-stroke on that dude, and he gets up to off himself. The Mother and Daughter were taken to a hospital to care for their injuries.
What do all of these incidents have in common?
The person who perpetrated these acts had either extreme or no empathy for the person with whom they were dealing. We have both mob mentality/ community outreach and lone wolves/ individual Samaritans, once again indicating pretty much anything is neutral, it’s the intention behind the action/ usage of an object/ idea.
People HAVE prejudices – they have prejudices because ‘their brains’ and ‘survival’. I would like to think we have evolved past the need to rely on this, but I digress – I might actually be a generation ahead, due to how young my Gma/ Mother were when they had children. I digress and apologize, that was elitist of me to infer older generations are inferior in any way without recognizing the ways in which they are obviously superior… I was born about 200 – 300 years too late, myself.
Prejudices can be based on a number of different factors, and people from various backgrounds can be prejudiced against different things on a sliding spectrum of acceptance and rejection, which both can be advantageous to the prejudiced person (i.e.: choosing to apply to serve tables at a restaurants with higher clientele) and also not (refusing to let Viola become a manager and continually sexually harassing all the women, because it’s 1970-something and they can always just QUIT if they don’t like ‘playing with the big boys’… meaning the big boys play while the laundry lasses slave away in the washroom now known as ‘the cubicle with typewriter’. If you’re unaware, this is the plot of a movie-turned-musical starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda. The Tomlin/ Fonda wage issue is a whole ‘nother blog.
Awareness of prejudice may result in conscious choice of de-escalatory/ nurturing behavior, the old ‘honey than vinegar’ primal psychology. Is someone more likely to surrender to someone who has a gun drawn to them? Is someone more likely to shoot an armed man approaching them with or without weapon drawn?
What if his sister was standing with him when the cops pulled up? Would they both have been shot? Would they have assumed the girl was a hostage? What ways do prejudice inform your choices in how to talk to/ treat/ favor/ discredit people? Murder? Rape? Extortion? Theft? Sodomy? Thinking adulterous thoughts? At what point can you condemn another person to “whatever terrible fate may await them” without a second thought? Holding a gun-like object in public? A group of grown men killing a child, conspiring to sic a dog on one?
Let’s be reasonable – those people who committed what, by civilian standards, would be considered assault on another person, have names and should be held accountable – that’s the main issue here. “With great Power comes great responsibility”.
You know why the Ten Commandments are there to ‘keep us from going to hell’… what do you THINK are the consequences of Murder, Adultery, in the real world?
Fucking Vendettas. Possessively-justifiable violence.
“An eye for an eye“, or the law of retaliation, is the principle that a person who has injured another person is to be penalized to a similar degree, or in softer interpretations, the victim receives the [estimated] value of the injury in compensation.
The principle is sometimes referred using the Latin term lex talionis or the law of talion. The English word talion (from the Latin talio ) means a retaliation authorized by law, in which the punishment corresponds in kind and degree to the injury.
“You killed my child.”
“You maimed my child.”
“You shot my child in the head because you were scared she would encourage women to get an education.”
I don’t think there should be equality. I think there should be Justice. We shouldn’t knock everyone down and pander to the lowest-common denominator, that does no one any good.
If I’m on a rope-pulling team, and it’s legal to do so in the rope-pulling rules, I want the fucking sweaty-palmed dude to wear gloves, I want us ALL to wear gloves, even though it will help some people significantly more than others. Conversely, if you CAN’T abide gloves, I don’t see the point in forcing someone to wear them when they’re already calloused up fine from YEARS of training, and adding a new element is going to throw them off completely?
I digress into allegory a lot.
The point is, BLM, The War on Terror, is it any WONDER it took dogs getting capped by some poor bastard who’s shoved onto frontlines until they have PTSD and who’s taught to anticipate instead of approach a situation with love and courage – what I have, firsthand, seen the ‘good ones’ do. Are there lost causes? YES, there certainly are people whose brains incline them towards psychopathic, non-empathetic behaviors. There are some who have this non-empathy, and use it, instead, to become proficient surgeons and make a whole bunch of money to keep themselves entertained based on the fact they’re allowed to carve people up “if they do it right”.
It takes all kinds – it’s being able to control your behavior which makes you a danger to society… or not. Law Enforcement’s main concern, in any community, ought to be Public Safety – that’s why they’re regularly seen patrolling at public events, when there are large crowds of people, like Parades and Festivals, in case little kids get lost and need to find and adult and shit. Public Service is not for everyone, nor should it be – it should be Elitist and it ought to strive for Excellence in Safety, Honor, Integrity, Vigilance… but I guess that’s my little fantasy world of Super People. I know how quick a stripper goes from bright and bubbly to disgusted and detached, I can only imagine what policework would do to the human soul.
Making a hard decision in the moment isn’t the same as PREMEDITATED action… knowing someone has a gun and choosing to shoot them and let them bleed out instead of communicating how to de-escalate the situation with the perp, your cohorts, or, not to mention, immediately responding to the injured party once the weapon was discovered to be a toy, that’s not excusable in any sense of the word. If you know you’re going to SHOOT immediately, call an ambulance right away, to be on the scene right after. If you’re going to hurt someone, make sure they make it to court.
“That’s what you get,” isn’t Justice; that’s callousness, that’s Color of Law, that’s deplorable, that’s criminal, and the fact of it being Criminal and involving victims IS worth being taken seriously in a Court of Law, regardless.
Then again, just like Ryan White, the further away someone is from a tragedy of social consciousness, the more willing they seem to help. I can’t speak for the cops or the victim’s families, I can only speak as an outsider watching this all unfold and trying to respond with as much empathy as possible.