"The murders of Black men & women by police is an epidemic in America that we have failed to address as a country..." -Jo ComerfordAn "epidemic"??
1. affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent.
2. extremely prevalent; widespread.
3.a temporary prevalence of a disease.
4.a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence of something
Many persons...spreading rapidly from person to person...really? You know it's not an epidemic. I know it's not an epidemic. You know who else doesn't think it's an epidemic? Jesse Jackson.. Jesse Jackson was on TV last night reciting all the black people shot by racist cops, and he cites...Trayvon Martin. Trayvon Martin??
Several things wrong with this. One, George Zimmerman was not a cop, he was a civilian. Two, despite press reports trying to portray him as a "white Hispanic", George Zimmerman is not white. Three, it was determined to be self defense. And four, if there is such an epidemic of white cops shooting black men and women, how desperate would you have to be to reach back over four years to get an example? After all, an epidemic affects "many persons". Why not cite one of the 'many' recent examples??
Before we move on, just a little trip down memory lane to the thug the media tried to portray as a 12 year old choirboy:
In October 2011, after a video surveillance camera caught Martin writing graffiti on a door, MDSPD Officer Darryl Dunn searched Martin’s backpack, looking for the marker he had used. Officer Dunn found 12 pieces of women’s jewelry and a man’s watch, along with a flathead screwdriver the officer described as a “burglary tool.” The jewelry and watch, which Martin claimed he had gotten from a friend he refused to name, matched a description of items stolen during the October 2011 burglary of a house on 204th Terrace, about a half-mile from the school. However, because of Chief Hurley’s policy “to lower the arrest rates,” as one MDSPD sergeant said in an internal investigation, the stolen jewerly was instead listed as “found property” and was never reported to Miami-Dade Police who were investigating the burglary.
The school suspended him, but they should have reported him to the police. Had his crimes caught up with him then, maybe he would have been in custody instead of
Who else is in this parade of blacks shot by white cops? Michael Brown. Yes, that paragon of virtue who robbed a convenience store, roughing up the shopkeeper on his way out the door, moments before he was confronted by police. I happened to see a few minutes of a "very special" edition of 48 Hours on CBS where they showed a beaming Michael Brown in his high school cap and gown. Really? The phrase "Hands up, don't shoot" originated in the aftermath of the Brown shooting, after a witness lied about Brown not resisting arrest.
Physical and forensic evidence in fact contradict claims by witnesses who have maintained that Brown had his hands up, above his waist when Wilson shot him, the Justice Department concluded.So, "racist cop"? Or "Cop shoots thug attacking him, tried to wrestle his gun away from him"?
Self defense -2, Racist epidemic of white cops shooting blacks - 0 BTW, this part of the "epidemic" took place nearly two years ago.
More recently we have Philando Castile, supposedly shot by another racist white cop, another individual we in the real world call "Hispanic", while his cold blooded girlfriend took video and posted the incident to Facebook. The only video I've seen that she took was after the shooting, and not at all probative in proving guilt or innocence. We do get her (prejudiced) description of what had just happened. Yeah, like Brown's sidekick at the convenience store robbery said that Brown had his hands up saying 'don't shoot'. Color me skeptical.
"I'm going to stop a car," one of the officers calmly begins, according to copies of radio transmissions obtained by KARE-11, an NBC affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Moments later, the officer reports that his reason to pull the car over was that "the two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery."If the officer suspected the driver of an armed robbery, he would have approached the car with his weapon drawn, regardless of the race of the suspect. The girlfriend stated that Castile told the officer he had a permit for the gun, although no evidence of this has been presented. The weapon was apparently visible on the front seat, which would be a felony if the gun were loaded and Castile did not have a CCW.
My advice to you, regardless of your race, is that if a police officer ever approaches you with his gun drawn, that you move very slowly or not at all if instructed to do so. Castile was a black man, but the evidence of racial motivation in this case has yet to be proven, if at all.
Justified shootings -3, Racist epidemic of white cops shooting blacks - 0
Another "death by cop" that some like to throw into the mix is poor Eric Garner. Garner was an overweight individual (350 lbs.) who was the double victim of liberalism. Garner, you'll remember, was arrested outside a store selling "loosies", single cigarettes, for which he was not dutifully collecting the taxes.
New York City boasts the highest cost for cigarettes in the nation, with a pack ranging anywhere from $12 and up. The city lays its own taxes on top of the state’s, in an effort both to raise revenue and discourage use of tobacco.Garner was selling individual cigarette to folks who might not be able to afford an entire pack, much less a carton. Garner filled the demand for selling a more affordable product. But, here's where the double victimization comes in: City Hall decided that they needed to make an example of these scofflaws who were denying the city coffers of their taxes, and directed that police step up enforcement of the law prohibiting the sale of "loosies". But it wasn't racial. Eric Garner had "three misdemeanor cases pending in Stapleton Criminal Court. He was free on $2,000 bail."
At the time of his arrest, there was a black policewoman sergeant on the scene overseeing the arrest of Garner. You can argue that the law was unjust, or that the enforcement effort was misplaced, but the proximate cause of Eric Garner's death was Eric Garner resisting arrest. Has he chosen to present his arms for the cuffs and slipped docilely into the back of the squad car or wagon, he would have lived to suck down another Twinkie. I am not unsympathetic to Mr. Garner. He did not expect to die resisting arrest, the men subduing him did not expect to kill him. He may have been outraged for being arrested yet again for trying to make or supplement his living, but it's generally not a good idea to resist arrest. Bad things happen regardless of race.
Another cause célèbre of the racist cops killing blacks is Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal injury in police custody. He was not shot by police. The man who drove the van that transported him was a black man. And so far, every attempt to criminalize the actions of the officers who arrested and transported Gray has resulted in either an acquittal or a dismissal of charges. No racism proven. Whatsoever.
I haven't mentioned Alton Sterling. On the surface it may look bad, but then, so did most of the cases mentioned above, when described by race baiters with a general disregard of the truth. I will reserve judgement on the Sterling case, and the ultimate resolution of the Castile case, until all the facts have come out and any punishment deserved is meted out, up to and including the death penalty.
But to build a narrative of racial division and hatred, such as has plainly inspired the racially motivated shooting in Dallas is unconscionable. I have often stated that there is a special circle in Hell for those who falsely accuse people of racism. They will have the advantage of looking down on those who sow racial hatred, discord and violence based on nothing but lies.
Non-racially motivated deaths -5, Racist epidemic of white cops shooting blacks - 0. Jury still out -1.
There were a few other cases I omitted because of the length of the piece. At least one, I believed to be justified, One was based on no evidence whatsoever and a third was inconclusive. But add them all up and take away the benefit of the doubt on all of them and you have maybe ten, twelve deaths over four years? In a country of over three hundred million people, that's hardly an "epidemic".
Maybe tomorrow we'll focus on the "epidemic" of blacks shooting white cops? /sarc