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Posted: 7/25/2002 10:41:52 PM EST
[url]http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-mac-donald072302.asp[/url] A Cop’s Life The media takes sides and endangers lives. By Heather Mac Donald How much is a cop's life worth? Judging by media attention, not much. On June 22, a black man shot a sheriff's deputy in Seattle several times in the head with the deputy's own gun, killing him instantly. The deputy had been trying to restrain the man, just out of jail for assaulting another officer, as he ran naked through traffic pounding on cars. The case raises troubling questions about whether the ubiquitous crusade to portray cops as racist has resulted in a potentially lethal reluctance to use necessary force. But in the three weeks since the killing occurred, the incident has received only two mentions in the press outside Seattle — an article in the New York Times, and a passing allusion on CNN. Compare the media tsunami around the Inglewood, Ca., angry-cop case. In the first nine days after an Inglewood officer was videotaped slugging a cuffed black teen once in the head, 370 stories on the event, or 41 a day, flooded the nation's airwaves and presses. The attorney
Link Posted: 7/25/2002 10:43:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/28/2002 6:43:42 AM EST by OLY-M4gery]
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Link Posted: 7/27/2002 9:20:48 PM EST
When I worked in TX there was a neighborhood that was predominantly black and had an abundance of crackhouses. The PD would receive complaints concerning lack of police protection so patrols would be increased. Increased patrols lead to increased arrests. Every other arrest would see groups of people throwing things at the officers, in one case a group of about 200 actually became so violent that the deputies let a man go that was wanted on felony assault warrants. Then, the same community leaders would complain that the increased contacts were due to racism and hatred for the black community in general. They seemed to believe that the people causing the drug problems and violent crimes (not to mention home invasions and vandalisms) were caused by some unknown force that the police should be able to stop but chose not too. As a result of the "racism" complaints, patrols would be cut back. This would lead to the beginning of this paragraph and beginning the cycle anew. The black community in a very real sense cuts it's own throat. We hated driving into that community. Squads were vandalized if left unnattended. The city could not keep street lights on because the drug dealers paid kids to shoot them out with pellet guns at night. It was also not mentioned (or noticed) by the black community that their "community leaders and spokesmen" didn't live in their neighborhoods. This made it a very real "us against them" mentality on the part of the LEOs. If the black community wants to find their real enemy they need to look no further than the people that call themselves "activists" and "representatives". The Al Sharptin's and Jesse Jackson's of the world that feed off of and perpetuate the "racism" that they need to exist. Without "racism", they wouldn't have a job and wouldn't hold a place of respect in their communities. Does racism exist, in individuals yes. As an organized movement, only in the black community. I've been told to my face that black's cannot be racist, racism is a white thing.
Link Posted: 7/28/2002 12:12:52 PM EST
The general public expects cops to get killed, they also believe we really don't earn our money. Thats why the media isnt paying attention. After all you knew the risks when you put on the uniform. Noone likes cops...except other cops.
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