We have had another incident of police shooting a man.
The man was black, not that color really matters to me.
The blood looked the same as any other that I have seen spilled.
We realy need another statistic being kept in the police shooting database.
That stat should be, “Was the decedent following police officer instructions? [Y/N]”
The video of the Terence Crutcher case was obscured, both form the air, and from the dash cam. It cerainly LOOKS like he may have been reaching into his car window. I cannot be sure.
If he was reaching in, he sealed his fate.
Each of the cases that I have seen video of recently involved individuals NOT responding to police instructions. Perhaps there is something different in the culture, but my white ass will listen to instructions from an officer.
The ALCU is very clear on this subject:
Do stay calm and be polite.
Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
Do not lie or give false documents.
Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
Do remember the details of the encounter.
Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated.
In fact, their message is so important, I am going to link to their page:
If you do not listen to the instructions given by police, you may very well DIE.
Follow the instructions so that you may live to file a complaint after you are safely released from custody.
Why is this concept such a challenge to understand?
I am very sorry, that another family and collection of friends have to mourn the loss.
From the outside, this seems like it is a tragic waste of life.