Saturday, March 31, 2018

An autopsy has found that Sacramento American citizen Stephen Clark was shot eight times in the back after police ordered him to " show us your hands". The residents of this community are up in arms and I think rightly so. 8 times in the back would contradisct officers claims that he was advancing toward them with something in his hands when they opened fire.
First, "show me your hands" means lift your hands and show them to the officers.  Now if you indeed have something in your hands could that be misconstrued as "gun! gun!"? Then the fire works start.
Next, if the cops were so sure they were in the right why would they mute their body cameras after the shootings?
This reeks of two cops, one black, who probably didn't give this kid a damned chance to comply with their orders. Policing comes with the risk of being injured or killed in the line of duty. They know that. That doesn't mean you randomly shoot the shit out of people, a shoot first and ask questions later.
I think part of the problem is the decades long lowering of standards to eneter the police force and the training of " you vs the enemy". The people of Sacramento have every right to be angry and upset. Calls for calm are bullshit UNLESS taken seriously by all, cops and public.
A little biographical info:
I was a medic fir 20 years in Harlem and never had a problem.
When my brother became a police officer  he asked how was it, a white guy like me who never had a problem with the people I served. I told him " I always treated people with respect, from the 90 year old woman to the Blood or Crip" laying crumpled on the ground. He followed my advice and had not one complaint against him in close to 15 years of service.
I can only see from the outside but Lord God it must be tough to be a black man in