Think about that.
Law Enforcement points to the 30 to 50 officers killed by gunfire in the line of duty each year, and that is a fair point. Why does Law Enforcement not point to the hundreds of innocent people killed each year by police shootings and high speed chases?
Because nobody with talent and the capacity for critical thought is measuring and statistically examining outcomes.
Maybe Brown was just crazy. Maybe he was a thug. Or maybe he has spent his entire existence living in an environment of an armed occupation of outsiders that have been extorting money from "his people" for traffic violations and kidnapping "his people" and putting them in cages for "War on Drugs" violations. Now throw in the Liberal application of free housing, free food, and free healthcare... because obviously (to Liberals) these are defective people and have no capacity of making their own way in this life... and viola! Dysfunction at its finest.
America has built an entirely automobile dependent system for employment and shelter, and the economic system simply does not afford people in the lower 25% of income to be able to afford a car, gas, and most important, insurance and traffic ticket costs. African Americans dominate the lower quartile of income in America.
I know that this is hard to grasp for my fellow coastal elites... but this is as real as it gets for African Americans living in urban centers and seedy suburbs. From the article:
By the time Bolden got to St. Charles County, it had been well over 36 hours since the accident. “I hadn’t slept,” she says. “I was still in my same clothes. I was starting to lose my mind.” That’s when she says a police officer told her that if she couldn’t post bond, they’d keep her in jail until May. “I just freaked out,” she says. “I said, ‘What about my babies? Who is going to take care of my babies?’” She says the officer just shrugged."The officer just shrugged." And there it is.
See, what is supposed to happen is that the people working in Law Enforcement, who are witnessing this kind of inhuman treatment of their fellow man, resign in protest. Why don't they? Two things: they have become inured to human suffering, and; they have been co-opted by the system in that they are debt and paycheck slaves just like the rest of us and they don't want to give up the prerogatives that come with government employment, a gun, and a badge. Prosecutors never had a heart to begin with, so no point calling them out on this, and most judges are former prosecutors (why no former Public Defenders as judges? You know the kind of people that actually can feel for their fellow man?).
Between the harassment from local Law Enforcement for traffic and vehicular violations (no registration (it costs money); no insurance (it costs money)) and the War on Drugs and its draconian prison sentence/gulag system, it is little wonder to me that the American People occupying the bottom 25% income bracket absolutely despise the authorities and the system irrespective of how many freebies the system hands out.
But our local governments are not interested in lowering our police killings to Europe's levels. Our local governments are in desperate need of cash because of municipal employee unions like your local police, and a major source of that cash is to run an extortion racket of armed thugs in uniforms and claim they are here to protect you! Isn't that just delicious!!??
And yet we have places - Oakland, Detroit, Memphis, et al - 20 or so counties where the vast majority of violent crime in America occurs. We, our system, created these pockets of incredible lawlessness populated by ruthless criminals that certain members of law enforcement in these locals are forced to confront at risk to their own lives - and the lives of the rest of us. And Law Enforcement in the other 3000 American counties? They are in the extortion business.