With all the bad press about the need for gun control and cops getting into trouble for fatally shooting men of color, it’s refreshing to find a female that knew when to use her gun. Apparently, this was a Craigslist deal that went sour after the couple who bought a car from someone claiming to have one for sale online, went to complete the transaction at an Aiken, South Carolina gas station. One of them pulled a gun on the woman’s boyfriend and she pulled hers from her handbag and fired it, killing him. The second man ran. Neither the woman or her boyfriend had any injuries, but police were searching for that second man.
This reminds me of a post written about robbers getting shot when they tried to rob a well-known anchorwoman and her husband, who was a trained military man who also was well trained on how to use a gun. The above synopsis didn’t say whether any charges were to be filed. There probably won’t be because of the robbery attempt from the sellers of the car that wasn’t.
The above incident was the U.S. Constitution at work The Second Amendment allows for ‘the right to bear arms’ and the Preamble allows for the nation to ‘provide for the common defense’. Why then, does law enforcement slip up when it came to using their guns? Like the woman in the lead story and the one highlighted in July, they were trained to use a gun to protect others. In spite of the mandatory use of body cams and modern devices like cell phones, things were not getting any better. A lot of bad press was placed on social media, which made a situation worse for the cop responsible for the fatal shootings recently. Several of those cops were fired or left the force due to social media pressure.
For the cop that shot an unarmed youth in Chicago 16 times, were those other 15 shots justified? Were the nation’s cops in order?
Something wasn’t right. According to one article, the protest in Chicago was an effort to mandate changes in the use of force in an effort to end police brutality. With all the sensitivity training and camera footage didn’t seem to stop the violence against the black youth in that area. It was a wonder that the police weren’t trusted. Some were blaming the media for this rise in ethic violations. Unlike the riot in Ferguson last year, protesters were peaceful, but angry about the incidents this year. Their only crime was blocking #BlackFriday shoppers in the downtown Chicago area and in a northern mall. In Ferguson, #BlackFriday was boycotted on the anniversary of the Missouri shooting.
The problem was in what the U.S. The supreme Court (SCOTUS) allowed local cops. Right now, they were granted free reign. The court had never defined anything other than ‘whatever was necessary for protection’ A lot of the men and women came out of the academy knowing that there weren’t any limits placed on the use of force they used to protect themselves or others. They left the regulations up to their precinct.
These majority white grand juries see beat cops as the thin blue line that protects whites from black thuggery. The result is very lethal and dangerous beat cops who are emboldened and more trigger happy than combat soldiers. At least, combat soldiers must get approval from their superiors and comply with the rules of engagement before using deadly force. Not so with beat cops. The law will not hold them accountable even if excessive force complaints and lawsuits pile up against them. Instead, the law typically shields them from accountability.
None of the protests would’ve occurred if the Chicago Police Department had paid attention the other excessive force complaints filed against Jason Van Dyke. The judge in that case ordered the release of the video a year after the cover up occurred. It appeared to me that Laquin McDonald’s family was paid ‘hush money’. Either way, it was still wrong. Maybe the Supreme Court should re-evaluate and redefine its meaning of ‘whatever force necessary’ . Until they do, protests in high crime minority communities will continue to react to excessive force used by the police.