Has anyone else noticed a common theme to all recent police involved shootings caught on video? Unless Bullethead is having a brain fart, it would appear that they all share one distinct element: NONcompliance.
This seems to go for every incident, whether it is a good or bad shoot. It seems pretty obvious no matter what side you are on. We all see the same thing. There is an initial contact (car stop, pedestrian stop, dispatched call). An order is given. An order is ignored (fleeing, fighting, reaching). Shots fired. And again, this just doesn’t apply to good shoots. It applies to bad ones as well (see Walter Scott). Bullethead has searched high and low for one so called, self described community leader to stand up and say “DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD”. Crickets…. Where are you Talcum X (see Shaun King)? In every state, the resisting arrest statutes read the same: to resist a LEGAL or ILLEGAL arrest. That means that even if the officer is wrong, noncompliance is not an option.
If it’s later deemed that the arrest was unlawful, or there was no reasonable suspicion for the stop, it will be dealt with. But dealt with later. Not there. Not on the street. Or in a home. Or in a church. Or in a business. Cops do make mistakes, a fact the WE have been admitting for years. Most cops know that they are right and have no problem dealing with the public. They have been trained to know your rights better than you do. And in my experience, better than most attorneys.
Sometimes cops mistakenly think that they are right. What’s the difference? There is none. An order is given. The order has to be followed. Not one cop hater is stating this. Not Al Sharpton. Not Colin Krapernick. Not Sally Kohn. Would Alton Sterling still be alive? Would Michael Brown still be alive? Even Walter Scott, a murder that still to this day makes Bullethead’s stomach turn. Even he would be here.
Take the more recent Philando Castile shooting. Haters can say all they want the he is dead because of racism or a broken taillight. The fact is, to someone that did not know him, he looked exactly like an armed robbery suspect that held up a store a few days prior. In that neighborhood. On that street.
I don’t know a cop in the universe that doesn’t make that car stop. Not one. We know that Castile absolutely did the right thing in telling the officer that he had a firearm on his person. What also is not in doubt, is that the officer told him not to reach for it. He reached. After being told repeatedly, he still reached. We know he reached be cause his girlfriend said as much. Only Castile, God rest his soul, knows if he was reaching for a wallet or not. He shouldn’t have been reaching for anything at all. Once informing the officer of the firearm, with the armed robbery in mind, it now becomes a high incident car stop. The officer will then order a driver or passenger out of the vehicle, at gun point, to lay in a prone position. The officer wasn’t given that time to adjust. As soon as Castile tells the officer that he has a firearm, he begins reaching. And he doesn’t stop reaching until it is too late. And a man who was loved by so many is no longer with us. Is Officer Yanez an incompetent cop? Who knows. Is it a good thing that he is longer on the job? Maybe. But one thing was never proven….that he is a racist. It is a tragic situation that spiraled downward. And it began with not following orders. Did Kraperdick bring that up with his now infamous tweet:
Of course he didn’t. It either doesn’t fit his narrative or his pea brain simply can not grasp it. Or both. Probably both. He would serve the community he claims to care so much about better if he actually looked past the bullshit he spews and face facts. Pick out the one thing that everyone one of these incidents have in common. And you can’t pick racism because cops of all races shoot and kill suspects of all races. And compared to actual violent crimes committed by race, cops shooting and killing white males are way out of proportion. Remember, it’s not the population percentage that matters. It is those that commit crime. The numbers are there. That is something else you will never hear from these so called “activists” that tell you they care. The victimization rate of African Americans is ridiculously sickening and you will never hear about it from those that claim they care about black lives.
Has Kraperdouche, or any of his like minded opportunists demanded the head of the actual armed robbery suspect? As far as surveillance photos go, that’s a pretty damn good one. A minimum of 100 people that know this bastard could have and should have given him up by now. Where is the outrage from the community as it relates to this POS? Technically this guy started this entire chain of events. The judge representing the Castile family, in her lovely sermon outside of the courthouse post verdict, never mentions this scumbag. In fact, she wrongfully stated that Castile complied with police. Castile’s mother then spoke to the press and stated that she hoped Officer Yanez would die later that night. Not a peep about the asshole in the surveillance photo. Remember folks, the jury saw what we haven’t been shown. A not guilty verdict has to be unanimous or else it is a mistrial by hung jury. It has been said that the only hold outs for guilty were two white jurors. Not the two black jurors. Well I’ll be damned.
When you take an extremely tragic situation and state that today’s police are the same as the slave patrols of the south, you spit in the face of every slave that had to deal with those slave patrols. You spit in the face of today’s police officers that would piss on the graves of any member of a slave patrol. Bullethead was waiting for you to come out of hiding. And you didn’t disappoint. You can’t land a third string job so you might as well play Shaun King’s game and make it seem like you’re being shunned because of your activism. Activism for a cause that you claimed was all cured as soon as the 49ers cut ties with your sorry ass. Did you ever think that maybe you are unemployed because you suck? If you put as much effort into football as you do race baiting and hateful rhetoric, you might just make it on a CFL roster. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.
So Bullethead will do what these self proclaimed leaders won’t. My plea, to members of every community, is to comply. Follow orders. Yes it sucks. Yes it’s aggravating. Yes it’s humiliating. But we have a job to do. If you’re not at fault, that will be proven….later. Life sucks. Being stopped by the police sucks. Deal with it. We want everyone, cop and civilian alike, to make it home safe. And we don’t want some self important douchebag to use you in order to make an attention grabbing comment in an attempt to remain relevant.
Bullethead has been writing for Law Officer for the past decade. From the controversial to the mundane, Bullethead always has something to say and what he/she has to say always seems to spark conversation.