A story about a man who gunned down 4 police officers in Tacoma, with hand-wringing pundits wondering "why?" is immediately followed by news and associated video of officer Chris Humphreys, who has apparently just been REINSTATED. They tell us this over the top of footage of this huge "tough guy" bullying and out of control, beating and shooting a 12 year old girl. And then they show us footage of hundreds of cops marching around demanding that city officials NOT hold Humphreys accountable for that crime.
Now, I'm not advocating the killing of any police officers. I don't condone what happened to those four officers in Tacoma. I'm sure they all had families who are missing them, and it's sad that this happened. But I've got to say, I think I understand it. And I'm not so sure I could hold the person who shot them accountable for the killing. If I were on the jury, I think I would be very hard pressed to do anything but acquit him. Why? Is that really a question?
The police are clearly out of control. We have officers beating and maiming and killing people. And then, as here in Portland, we have hundreds of them acting clueless and stupid, demanding no accountability for each other and their crimes. And, as here in Portland, way too often, they wind up totally off the hook. If city officials are not going to hold them accountable, then what on earth do they expect??? These aren't a few bad apples here. This is a systemic problem, and it keeps rearing its head in the form of harm and death for innocent citizens, even children. Little girls, for God sake.
If the "authorities" are not going to help us, are not going to hold them accountable and stop them from threatening, harassing, intimidating, hurting, and killing people, then perhaps it is time for us to hold them accountable. I'm sure that's probably what the man who shot those cops in Tacoma thought.
Do they not get this? Do they really not understand how angry people are? Do they not see how tired we are of them running around intimidating people, beating people, pepper spraying people, SHOOTING CHILDREN, lying, arresting people and making up reasons for it, and all of the other things they do? Do they really think they will keep on getting away with it? Well, perhaps those four dead cops in Tacoma can be a wake up call to them. Again, I'm not condoning the killing, but neither am I going to stand in judgment of a man who finally had enough of it, and took some of them out. Maybe they should be thinking about that.
Maybe Mr. Humphreys should be very, seriously, thinking about that. Hmmmmmm.