12/03/2014

Newest piece at Fox News: "Ferguson: Obama contines to undermine police departments around the country"

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
As a response to the police shooting of Michael Brown, President Obama proposes $263 million for police training and body cameras.  But more police training wouldn’t have prevented the Brown shooting and the president’s proposal plays into the hands of those who blame the police. 
President Obama has continually undermined police departments around the country, and his demand for more training fits that pattern. In 2009, he jumped to the conclusion that Cambridge, Massachusetts police “acted stupidly” when they arrested Henry Gates.  He personalized the Trayvon Martin investigation in a way that to many implied the murder was radically motivated.  And yet again last week, he emphasized that the anger to the verdict was “an understandable reaction” and blacks’ distrust of police is “rooted in realities.” 
Nevertheless, whatever Obama implies, there was absolutely no evidence Officer Darren Wilson was motivated by race and he did exactly what he should have done.  Brown’s robbery of the convenience store, his decision to reach into the police car and punch Wilson while trying to take his gun, and finally Brown’s decision to charge Wilson was what caused the teen’s death. 
Under Missouri law, people can defend themselves with deadly force if they have a “reasonable belief” they need to use it to protect themselves against serious injury or death. Wilson claimed: “I felt that another of those punches in my face could knock me out or worse … I’ve already taken two to the face and I didn’t think I would, the third one could be fatal if he hit me right.”  When Brown later charged Wilson, despite repeated warnings to stop, Wilson worried that he no choice but to shoot Brown. 
But we don’t have to take Wilson’s word for what happened. The forensic evidence is overwhelmingly consistent with his story.  There is no doubt that Brown reached in Wilson’s car and hit him.  Brown’s DNA was found on Wilson’s gun.  Despite strong social pressure, three black witnesses confirmed Wilson’s testimony. 
Police officers in America have a more dangerous job than many people realize and they behave remarkably well under these circumstances. 
In 2013, the assault rate for the general public in the United States was 229 per 100,000 people.  But the rate police were assaulted that year was 9,300 per 100,000 officers – a rate 41 times higher.  The only reason that police don’t die at as high of a rate as people in other professions is because of their training and the fact that they are armed. . . .
Aggravated assaults don’t necessarily involve injuries, just the attempt to cause serious bodily injury, but police are injured at a very high rate – 2,700 per 100,000 police officer.  That is still much higher than the total assault data for civilians. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

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Blogger Tim Butler said...

"In 2013, the assault rate for the general public in the United States was 229 per 100,000 people. But the rate police were assaulted that year was 9,300 per 100,000 officers – a rate 41 times higher."

A large part of the rather vast differences in assault rates is the difference in the definition of "assault" when referring to incidents involving police officers. I believe that if events between police officers and local residents were judged and reported under the same standards as those between local residents themselves, the numbers would be much closer.

If you're in a peaceful conversation with another person and they casually reach out to lay a hand on your shoulder, you may casually raise your hand to block them, indicating non-verbally that you prefer not to be touched. The conversation continues peacefully and nobody's upset. If your conversation is with a police officer however, you have just reacted "aggressively" and you are now considered (by the officer and all his trainers) to have "assaulted a police officer", a felony for which you can be aggressively arrested, beaten severely to counter "resisting arrest", and killed if the officer decides that you might, possibly, succeed in countering his arrest procedure, which would endanger his safety and therefore his life.

Granted, this is an extreme example and very few officers invite this type of situation or react in this manner to it. The ones who do, however, wind up crippling and killing us, while they eventually get medals for successfully surviving "violent situations" in incident after incident until something stops them.

12/15/2014 12:04 AM  

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