The ‘all cops are b*stards’ crowd are making their demands for fundamental change known. Sprinkled among the lies and hype are some very dangerous demands.
You know it’s going to be a ridiculous list when the opening paragraph looks like it was written by an angry understudy of Al Sharpton.
Here’s what the title and opening paragraph look like.
10 New Directions for Public Safety and Positive Community Change
During the current coronavirus pandemic, in which Black people have been disproportionately killed by COVID-19, the police are still killing us. George Floyd’s killing by officer Derek Chauvin, which has sparked nationwide unrest, occurred in Minneapolis, where the police department considers itself to be a champion of community policing, training on implicit bias, de-escalation, and early intervention to identify problematic officers. Yet that same department has for decades faced accusations of excessive force, particularly from Black residents. When we honestly face the recent history of Dallas – the killing by police of Botham Jean in 2018, Jason Harrison in 2014, and Clinton Allen in 2013, and countless others over the past half-century – we know that our own city might well have been the center of such a storm. We need to change policing in Dallas. This statement outlines policy changes affecting police use of force, including deadly force, and budget priorities that differ from the status quo in their approach to public safety and community well-being.
So we can all see where this is going, right?
We notice no mention of the racist schmuck who waited until the end of a BLM march — which was escorted by police — who started picking off cops because he had murderous hatred of (in particular) white cops in his heart. No. But they are willing to count back 50 years of injustices real and otherwise against the group he cares about.
So we know from the beginning that selective history is in play here.
It goes on for pages, including saying that police should not respond to mental health cases where there is no gun involved (how does anyone know that in advance?), don’t send state troopers to high-crime neighborhoods, draw down police budgets and (instead) open up (staffed!) 24-hour recreation centers, stop working with ICE and other agencies to deport illegal immigrants, and so forth and so on.
But the actual use of force restrictions they are proposing are going to get people killed.
The City of Dallas and Dallas Police Department will adopt specific policies restricting the use of deadly force. Officers shall not shoot their firearms 1) if a suspect is unarmed; 2) if a suspect is running away or attempting to withdraw; 3) if a suspect is driving away or sitting in a parked car; 4) if a suspect is not armed with a firearm – for example, when a suspect is holding a knife, screwdriver, or blunt object; and 5) if the officer is alone – for example, after a solo foot chase.
In the event that deadly force is used, officers shall not shoot multiple times at a suspect without reevaluating the necessity of additional deadly force.
Ok, you can’t shoot a guy with a knife? Or a guy in a parked car?
Let’s look at some recent stories, shall we?
May 20th, 2020:
“They attacked several police officers. They vandalized several police cars, attempting to light them on fire, breaking windows. We have one officer who was stabbed — was slashed in the neck and is currently at the hospital,” stated Sheriff Mike Williams. —Breitbart
June 7th, 2020:
The NYPD released shocking video on Saturday that shows the moment a Brooklyn cop was stabbed in the neck by a man authorities believe may have links to terrorism.
Video shows Dzenan Camovic, 20, rounding a corner on Flatbush Ave. and Church Ave. around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday and plunging a blade into the unsuspecting cop’s neck, police say. —NYDailyNews
July 2nd, 2020:
A Washington, D.C. police officer was stabbed in the neck and head Thursday morning after responding to a call for a woman being assaulted, according to police.
“The officer saw a suspect that was related to that incident, he followed the suspect for several blocks, asking the suspect to stop,” Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a midday press conference. “When he got to the area of 13th and New York Avenue NW, the suspect turned around, produced a pair of scissors and stabbed our officer multiple times.”
Newsham says a civilian witness “interceded in the assault and actually probably saved our police officer’s life.”
According to these new rules, none of these officers would have been permitted to use deadly force.
And how many cops have we seen shot at (or shot dead?) while performing a ‘routine’ traffic stop where the motorist he pulls over happens to be a criminal who whips out a gun and starts plinking away at the police?
And EVERY lethal use of force incident will have to go to a grand jury, with the cop suspended in the mean time?
Have they thought this through? This means that even if a cop did something heroic, like prevent a repeat of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, he’s got to go through a criminal investigation over it.
Who would even want to be a cop with the scales tipped in favor of the bad guys?
And isn’t that the real objective? BLM founders call themselves ‘trained Marxists’. How can you possibly have a revolution if well-armed and well-trained public servants are doing their job of keeping the peace?
What kind of crime sprees will sprout up in any city that takes these recommendations seriously?
I suppose we could ask the good citizens of Dallas or New York that question, couldn’t we?