This is another excuse for brutality and murder by cops. The UK and Europe, Australia, deal with being a "cop" differently. The training is on on focused on the "de" in escalation of an event, common sense, etc. Carrying a firearm requires special training for months and then is not a guarantee. This our lives (the cop) matter more than the citizen is BS. That is a military mindset and has no place in civilian law enforcement. Cops shou8ld be held accountable, not outside the law. The city and county should not pay for their criminal conduct. Cleared over and over to excessive force, shooting, sexual harassment, harassment, etc, should be a firable offense the third time. In fact, a second shooting in less than two years, termination automatically.
Police officers are not trained correctly. They are not an occupying force and that is the mindset. This is not a gun issue. This is definitely a race issue. A training issue. An Us versus Them issue. All this talk about change, unity, bringing the police under control, the violence under control is all BS. MLK preached it. LBJ wanted it. JFK believed in it. And guess what? It never happened and has gotten worse. The PDs act the same as they did in the 30's, 40's, 50's, etc. Race riots. I remember them vividly. Freedom marches. Montgomery. Little Rock. Dallas and Dealy Square. L.A. and RFK. I am 76 and can't believe the shit i have lived through, witnessed, and often can't believe. I will tell you what is really different now. Cops are given immunity for their misdeeds and the city pays the price. They can resign, keep their license, go to work for another PD, become Chief in a smaller city.
Hillary is the most recent example of being law breaker (even treason) and not chargeable. Wow. Snowden they want executed for doing the right thing. Manning is doing hard time for violating that trust, doing what was right. Betrayus got a slap on the wrist for treason and steady piece of ass. Impunity is absolute power corrupted absolutely. All those who exposed what the US was doing illegally nationally and globally have been bankrupted, ruined financially, jailed, doing prison time, their professions destroyed and yet Hillary (and all those others-- Cheney, Bush 2, C. Rice, Rumsfeld, Kagan, Kissenger, Albright, etc) is the DP choice for President. Someone whose history and scandal for personal gain can't even be documented in a single book. This is what we have come to. Crime pays, and pays well. Moral bankruptcy gets on front page as some hero on all MSM. LE (Lesser Evil) voitng has brought us to these two--LiarCorruptPerjuryWarLoverMoneyLaunerder/Crooked/Inept Hillary and Trump.
Wow. We have come a very long way. Voting for then LE for decades really worked well for all of nus 99 Percenters. Cops need to understand when they use excessive force, reach for their weapon out out fear or stupidity/fear/carelessness or worse, because they know they can shoot anyone with impunity. Well, they need to understand they are going to be held accountable. Pay restitution. Do time. Lose their license. The time for excusing any cop is long over. Was decades ago.