If you do not know who Oscar Grant is I have some links at the bottom of this blog entry so you can look into the issue I am addressing. This is a very sad 2nd day for my home city and I want to share with you something what I shared with my Facebook friends yesterday.
The whole tragedy with Oscar Grant makes me think of something that I’ve heard many people say, “Let them hit you first so when you kick their ass, you have a good reason.”
The police do not seem to believe this rule.
I have seen so many cases of police over reacting and killing or harming a person who would have barely scratched them, had they given them a chance to get close. Shooting an unarmed human is soooo ridiculous. I don’t understand why these police are so scared of unarmed humans. If they let an unarmed human attack them, all it will be is a boxing match. Do the police not think they can win a fist fight, so they gotta pull guns?
If we reflect on these cases the one thing we will see that is an ongoing theme of these attacks is that the police are in greater number than the individual(s) who are committing the crime. If you have 1 criminal you will for sure have at least 5 cops. Why can’t they handle that without a gun?
Why are they scared?
There needs to be a law against shooting someone in handcuffs. There needs to be a law against shooting someone on the ground. There needs to be a law against shooting someone who is running away. There needs to be a law that requires an officer to be attacked in a way that can cause him bodily harm before he can draw his firearm. I know some people might think that that last one might be to much but I don’t think so. I believe a person needs to show intent to harm an officer before a police officer can draw his weapon. Talking a lot of shit is not a good reason to get shot by a cop. Puffin out your chest while you’re in handcuffs is not a good reason to get shot. Resisting arrest is not a good reason to get shot. Police need to use their physical skills to subdue a person that is not PHYSICALLY HARMING ANY OFFICER. Unless I am full on beating a cop down, there is no reason to pull a gun on me.
These victims are usually already under control. They are on the ground, they are in cuffs, they are being guarded by 5 or 6 cops. Why do they need to get shot? Why are they so scary to the police? What is scary about a dude in cuffs? Sure he can head butt you, but thats not going to kill a cop. A bullet will kill a handcuffed person though.
There needs to be tough laws created to prevent these issues. If there is not a document legalized that saves people from this then it will always be in the hands of the jury and we can not have that anymore. It leaves to much to chance.
I do firmly believe that there needs to be legislation put into place that restricts gun usage by officers in certain situations. Although some may disagree with me because an officers right to use their firearm is sacred, a life is sacred also, even if the person is a criminal. There needs to be no doubt in an officers mind that a criminal is trying to cause him/her true bodily harm before they can reach for their firearm.
An unarmed person should never need to be shot. A person on the ground should never need to be shot. A person running away should never be shot. A person should never be shot in the back.
Keep you comments decent Please. I will be moderating them seriously in this case. No one is to be offended during this conversation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKKQ-gzc_Yw(Video of Oscar Grant Schooting – GRAPHIC)
Google “Oscar Grant”
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