This shooting, killing and brutality has to stop.
Hardly a day goes by without another video of police officers doing some form of brutality popping up, either on the web or less frequently on the corporate controlled media.
Has the culture of police reached a point of no return?
Some years back in a neighborhood watch meeting a local police officer was instructing us on how to deal with a would be breaking and entering. He suggested we take our gun, point it at the baseboard in a room and fire a warning shot followed by a shot at the suspect. He then jokingly said, the warning shot can be made either before or after you shoot the burglar.
Personally, the humor escaped me.
Have our police become so hardened that violence is their first reply to a confrontational experience?
Or even worse, have they been trained to act with such violence in these situations?
I don’t know, but it may be time to begin ridding our police of their current forces and replenish them with officers who are trained to only use force as a last resort. Officers who are trained to serve and protect ALL the citizens of our communities.
Maybe it is not just the police, maybe it is time for a sea change in American culture. We are also being inundated with common citizens shooting and killing each other on an almost daily basis.
Remembering an America where unlocked doors and an unarmed citizenry were the norm makes me long for the “good old days”.
What do you think?