I am going to defend the Police. Rayshard Brooks, resisted arrest. You can clearly see that, he managed to get hold of one of the officers tasers during the struggle and ran away. He DID NOT drop the taser and continue running. He turned around with the taser in his hand and aimed it at the officer. You can clearing see this on the various videos throughout the internet, that the officer then drew his weapon and shot Rayshard Brooks AFTER the taser was pointed at him.
Now what would have happened if he had managed to get the officer’s gun instead of taser, there is a strong chance he could have used and the officers lives were put in danger as well as members of the public. What would have happened if did get hold of the officer gun and shot members of the public? People would have been criticising the police for not acting quick enough. They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
He grabbed the taser, ran away and then turned on the officer as if he was going to fire the taser at the officer. For a split second that officer knew that his life and the life’s of others could be in danger.
What could have happened if he had managed to taser the cop and bought him to the ground and then grabbed his gun? Those officers were put on the spot and the only way to contain the situation was to protect themselves and the public.
So Atlanta have now seen, their restaurant burn, riots and protesters. What did Wendy’s do to warrant such action? Was it because they phoned the police?
So before you call me racist! I would be saying exactly the same if it was a white person in the same situation.
He failed the test to determine whether he was under the influence of drink or drugs. And was being arrested for failure of that test, when Brooks, decided to resist arrest. This was not a stop and search, like people complain about. Brooks, was asleep in his car and blocking the drive-in of Wendy’s restaurant, so the police were called.
And how do the Police deal with this situation… sack the officer involved. and put the other officer on administrative leave.
Garrett Rolfe, a six-year veteran of the Atlanta police department, was dismissed, and a second officer, Devin Bronsan, who was hired in September 2018, was placed on administrative leave for their involvement in the death of Mr Brooks, police spokesperson Sergeant John Chafee said.Sky News
However the outcome could have been totally different if Brooks hadn’t resisted arrest, there would have been no struggle, and no death.
Atlanta’s mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said: “I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force.
“Chief Shields has offered to immediately step aside as police chief so that the city may move forward with urgency in rebuilding the trust desperately needed in our communities.”
So what was the officer supposed to do? Was he supposed to be tasered and run the risk that the suspect could get his firearm and kill him or kill others? This situation could have escalated with such tragic outcomes where civilians and police could have been killed. If the suspect didn’t have in his possession a taser then it would’ve been a whole new board game.. and if the officer then shot him, it would in my eyes have been unjustified use of deadly force.
I don’t like to see anybody killed by the Police, just like I don’t like to see a Police Officer hung out to dry by doing his duty and protecting himself and others.
However this stats will amaze you.
Sadly, the trend of fatal police shootings in the United States seems to only be increasing, with a total 429 civilians having been shot, 88 of whom were Black, as of June 4, 2020. In 2018, there were 996 fatal police shootings, and in 2019 this figure increased to 1,004. Additionally, the rate of fatal police shootings among Black Americans was much higher than that for any other ethnicity, standing at 30 fatal shootings per million of the population as of June 2020.
Those statistics show clearly that more white people have been shot than Black People. However I don’t see the news covering all these shootings, and neither do I see riots, looting and disturbance. Statistically out of all those deaths so far this year up to June 4th 2020 only 20% have been black people who have killed by Police.
I don’t want to see any person shot by the police, black or white, but people have to realise they are responsible for the own actions, and if you resist arrest and become confrontational then you run the risk of harm happening to you. You run the risk of being held down forcibly until you can be restrained.
And I wouldn’t be a cop in the USA for the life of me… knowing full well when you are involved in a situation where a suspect threatens your life, and you draw your weapon you run the risk of being sacked and you don’t have the Police support network behind you.
And I repeat…
I would be saying the same as I have said above if the suspect had been white, EM, or Hispanic. Resisting arrest could result in you losing your life. If you don’t want to run the risk of being shot or restrained forcibly… then abide by the law and don’t resist arrest. Simples ….