Obama, Holder, Sharpton and others had a meeting at the White House over Ferguson and Staten Island and they came up with a list of things officers needed to change. Not once was there mentioned what could be done in these high crime areas to change the behavior. Not once did they address the high unemployment rate among blacks or the 70% of black babies that are born into fatherless families and poverty. They did not address the reason there is a noticeable presence of cops in these neighborhoods is directly due to the large volume of criminal activity in these areas. Instead, the "Three Amigos" Holder, Obama, and Sharpton are making it about race and harassment not holding those who break the law to accountability.
Though some claim a Grand Jury can indict a ham sandwich, that isn't true. There is a threshold that has to be met in order to indict an individual of the crime he/she is being accused. And if it is sent on to trial, the burden of proof becomes much greater. If a Grand Jury can't indict, then there is no way a court of law could convict. The video clearly shows the officer using a maneuver the NYPD banned. The Grand Jury was given the task to determine if that was enough evidence to indict the officer of the charges leveled against him. After weighing all the evidence, they found it did not. Evidence you nor any of us are privy to. And as mentioned previously, the officer was stripped of his gun and badge over the incident.
Quite frankly the frenzy over race being instigated by Holder, Obama and Sharpton has led to this lynch mob mentality toward cops and law enforcement. ( especially white cops). And nothing good will come from it.
Last edited by vesper; 12-04-14 at 11:18 AM.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
The simple fact is that the individual died because he resisted arrest and his morbid obesity and overall miserable health condition could not cash the check his decision wrote. He resisted arrest. He was taken down. He died. What was the cause? If you say 'homicide' it shows how completely inane your argument is. Did he die from being choked to death? Did he die from being beaten to death? Did he die from the officer secretly applying the 5 points of deadly contact? What was the physiological cause of death?
US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11Though Americans commonly believe law enforcement’s role in society is to protect them and ensure peace and stability within the community, the sad reality is that police departments are often more focused on enforcing laws, making arrests and issuing citations. As a result of this as well as an increase in militarized policing techniques, Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, estimates a Washington’s Blog report based on official statistical data.Though the U.S. government does not have a database collecting information about the total number of police involved shootings each year, it’s estimated that between 500 and 1,000 Americans are killed by police officers each year. Since 9/11, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by U.S. police officers, which is almost equivalent to the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty in Iraq.
The problem in the USA is the 0-tolerance fiasco that's been going on for some time now.
You see in the news about your schools where a kid playing with a toy gun (from a toy) gets detention and is treated like a criminal and has to sign a document attesting that he understands the difference between a toy and a gun. It's insane.
Anyway, I'm assuming that such a mentality is pervasive in many police stations.
0 tolerance makes thinking obsolete because everything is treated as either one thing or another.
The USA has a problem with this 0 tolerance in general and it's spilling over into europe. 0 tolerance in this and that, and many areas of life. And this mentality is because of perverse and pervasive leftist thinking, aka "progressives". they're the ones who push this sort of mentality.