Friday, July 8, 2016

A Nation in disgrace .......

 It's been a bad week, In just 48 hours, videos of two more black men fatally shot by cops have gone viral. Alton Sterling was shot multiple times by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday night. Philando Castile was shot by police (1)>>Wednesday during a traffic stop in Minnesota. discharged a gun into a car that also held a young child. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, hit “record” and uploaded the footage for the world to witness. I've been giving my own commentary for the last few years on police shootings on my blog. And my OPINION how I feel about police officers . I UNDERSTAND that they do put their lives in danger, we can argue that till doom cracks . Those who believe there is an ingrained, irrational bias among police officers against African-Americans take this number as a sign that (1.2)>>cops get trigger-happy around blacks. What’s usually left out of the conversation over the disproportionate number of police shootings of African-Americans are the disproportionate number of crimes, particularly violent crime, committed by African-Americans.  It seems like there has been a never ending stream of reports of black people killed by police over the last few years.Endemic racism is of course one component, but there’s also a larger context: the juggernaut militarization of police forces around the country, and an unconscious change of mission. Too many cops see themselves as soldiers fighting enemies rather than protecting and defending us citizens. The violence that erupted in Dallas with the 5 officers killed during a Black Lives Matter protest shows how emaciated the nations police department really is . When it comes to using a weapon in case of being  in  real danger the police departments nation wide  act like cowards , when someone is unarmed however , or having some psychological issue , the police are quick to the draw .  They start shooting .  Makes no sense , a officer should use a weapon if they are being shot at . It's never the case as we have seen . It's now a nationwide pandemic of bad police officers . The last two shootings of black men that were video'd showing unrestrained officers using a weapon on unarmed civilians is contrary to the rights given to us in our American Constitution with notice of the 5th Amendment :

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

It's scary just to think . Yes , you have rights regardless of skin color . If you read above the 5th Amendment , the police actions jeopardize  the whole American constitution.  It COULD HAPPEN TO ANY OF US  , but if our law enforcement is like this , we are all in serious trouble. These two black men , what ever they supposedly  did to break the law , were killed with out any kind of (2)>>"due process" This is one of the many problems with law enforcement today. They left officers get away with decisions like this using the same old 'he is only human and made a mistake' excuses. If a person is so jumpy during a routine traffic stop that he would respond like this then he does NOT need to be in law enforcement. But this is just ignored over and over and each and every act like this is ruled justified. This is establishes a mentality that it is okay to make mistakes like this because they are 'just part of the job'. This cop need to be sent to prison the same as any civilian would be in the same situation. What struck me was that if he was shot in the arm, did he bleed out? The cop was so panicked that neither he nor anyone else applied first aid... he probably would have shot anyone who tried. He screwed up, panicked, and then stood there in a further panic and let a person who was gravely injured die from their injuries. This is NOT how a "first responder" should act. If they are only about control they cannot be trusted during any emergency situation... letting someone bleed out who is not attacking them is a good indication they cannot be trusted in an emergency. It seems to me that most of these deaths could have been avoided. Surely non-lethal force is enough to subdue a lone man with a knife or club, especially when multiple officers are on scene. and we should be careful about second guessing the actions of a police officer who felt his life was in danger. But far too often, introducing firearms into volatile situations precipitates the very violence that police are supposed to prevent.

How does this compare to other countries?

Let’s see how it measures up to other developed countries. Police shootings .
Total fatal police shootings/law enforcement homicides per year
United States              930
Canada                        25
Germany                       8
Australia                        5
United Kingdom              2
Japan                             0

To do a fairer comparison, we should consider fatal shootings relative to population.
Fatal police shootings/law enforcement homicides per million people
United States                2.9
Alberta                         1.4
Canada                         0.7
Ontario                         0.6
Nfld & Lab                     0.3
Australia                       0.2
Germany                       0.1
United Kingdom             0.04
Japan                            0.0

Part of this disparity is due to different levels of violence that police are faced with. If we consider homicide rates, we get a similar rank ordering.
Number of homicides per 100,000 people per year
United States                4.7
Alberta                         2.3
Canada                         1.6
Ontario                         1.3
United Kingdom             1.0
Australia                       0.9
Germany                       0.8
Nfld & Lab                     0.7
Japan                            0.3


(1)>>Wednesday during a traffic stop in Minnesota. St. Anthony cop sounds in the video footage as if he's having some psychological meltdown , or signs of anger management issues . Looking this video . You might say it's the smoking gun . There something going here , you have to look at the video , its disturbing. “Fuck!” the cop shouted while continuing to point his gun inside the car.Although the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has launched an investigation into the recent shooting, over 100 people gathered at the crime scene last night demanding to know why Castile was shot to death over a broken tail light. Castile would have turned 33 on Friday. One striking thing about this video is how calm the woman is while the cop is in panic mode. Clearly he is unaccustomed to police violence while she is. She probably also knew that if she didn't maintain calm she had a solid chance of being the second officer-involved shooting in that town in 30 years.And I'm sure shortly someone will be along to tell us that even his fully complying wasn't enough. Also explain why a cop had a gun drawn at a routine traffic stop when asking for ID.  (1.2)>>cops get trigger-happy around blacks. But the fact is that white people are six times as likely to be killed by other whites as by blacks.In 2013, according to the FBI, white people killed 2509 other whites while blacks killed 409 whites. A Bureau of Justice Statistics study of homicides from 1980 to 2008 reveals virtually the same ratio of six white on white killings to one black on white killing over nearly 30 years.So again the question arises, why do whites have such an irrational fear of blacks?In recent months, white fear of blacks has been exacerbated by dishonest pundits and politicians and equally dishonest police .  (2)>>"due process" .The guarantee of due process for all citizens requires the government to respect all rights, guarantees, and protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution and all applicable statutes before the government can deprive a person of life, liberty, or property. Due process essentially guarantees that a party will receive a fundamentally fair, orderly, and just judicial proceeding. While the Fifth Amendment only applies to the federal government, the identical text in the Fourteenth Amendment explicitly applies this due process requirement to the states as well.Courts have come to recognize that two aspects of due process exist: procedural due process and substantive due process. Procedural due process aims to ensure fundamental fairness by guaranteeing a party the right to be heard, ensuring that the parties receive proper notification throughout the litigation, and ensures that the adjudicating court has the appropriate jurisdiction to render a judgment. Meanwhile, substantive due process has developed during the 20th century as protecting those right so fundamental as to be "implicit in the concept of ordered liberty."

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