Thanks to either thinly veiled racism, or an inexplicable sense of gratitude for our public servants killing our fellow citizens for very questionable reasons, people across the nation are holding rallies to support police departments for police brutality. In Ferguson, MO, a man barely out of his teens was shot multiple times and killed. In New York City, a man was strangled to death by the police for the crime of selling cigarettes to people on the street. And at a Wal-Mart in Ohio, a man was killed by police for holding up an air rifle, despite the fact that air rifles usually have orange tips signifying that they aren’t even real firearms.
Of course, this begs the question: why couldn’t the police simply disarm a gun wielding citizen? (The people killed in Ferguson and NYC weren’t even holding guns, let alone any weapons.) Despite what they tell you, it is standard protocol to only “shoot to kill” when a cop’s or citizen’s life is in imminent danger. Cops are specially trained in how to disarm gunmen (and gunwomen and gunchildren), yet they are too quick to pull the trigger. Especially when people aren’t even holding guns, but knives, toys, and even when people hold up their wallets. Killing a defenseless citizen surely shouldn’t be grounds for celebration. Disarming a criminal without any casualties…now that would be something to be impressed about.
But, hey, I guess that would be too hard for cops who decide it’s easier to use their guns than it is to use critical thinking skills under pressure. If you read a story in the news about a contractor who was asked to re-shingle a house, and the roofer showed up and burned the customer’s house down, would you go to the contractor’s place of business to give them more money and to throw a celebration? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Why reward extreme and incompetent behavior on the job? I mean, this guy got voted in to office twice, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but still…
People get fired all the time for minor things, especially in states such as Michigan, where we have a “right to
fire work” law. So why are people actually celebrating these incompetent cops when they KILL people? Not only that, but why in the hell has the cop in Ferguson actually gotten more in donations than the family of the man who was killed? Wait…don’t answer that one, that was a rhetorical question.
I decided to go down to the Wal-Mart in Ohio, where people were holding a rally to support the police this weekend, and talk to some of these protesters who were out supporting their police department. I talked to an older lady named Sally Smith, and asked her why she was supporting the police department in this matter. She said, “We need to support our police department against these thugs.” I thought for a second, and replied, “Would it change your mind if I told you the person they shot was holding an air rifle?” Ms. Smith said, “Nope, our policemen wouldn’t be able to tell if it was a real gun in the heat of the moment.”
I asked her, “What if it was a member of your family that got killed by the police?” She said, “My family are law abiding good Christians, we would NEVER break the law or mouth off to the police!”
I then asked her, “Would it change your mind if I told you it was a white woman who got killed?”
Sally screamed, “WHAT? Oh…my…God, are you kidding me? What a trage….WAIT, it wasn’t a white woman, it was one of those THUGS! Nice try, mister, who are you again? Do you work for those CNN communists?”
So I decided to leave and go inside the Wal-Mart to cool off. I walked in, and saw that all of the workers were in the front of the store, holding up signs and chanting loudly. I asked one of them why they were protesting.
“Because I don’t restock the shelves, am purposely rude to people, and yet my manager STILL doesn’t treat me with respect!”, one lady said.
Somebody else yelled, “These cops get celebrated for not doing THEIR jobs correctly, why the hell shouldn’t we get a rally?”
A manager replied, “I make it a point to only staff one cashier during the busiest times of the day, making the lines to check out insufferably long. Shouldn’t I get a medal for this?”
I then posed the question: “If you’re going to protest about something, how about the fact that your employer has made over $128 billion in profits over the past year, yet they don’t even give you enough wages to support your families, or enough benefits to take your kids to the doctor?”
The crowd went silent.
Then somebody yelled, “1, 2, 3, 4, we aren’t incompetent anymore!”
I shook my head, turned around, and walked away.