Now we see the fruit of police brutality headlining. As Evidence in these news articles from the Chicago Tribune and RT.com, police are second-guessing their actions in hostile situations and paying for it.
A 43-year old female police officer and accompanying officers were responding to a car crash on Chicago’s west side when a man at the scene attacked the female officer, repeatedly smashing her head against the pavement. The suspect is alleged to have been high on drugs, and it took other officers a combination of taser and pepper spray attacks to finally subdue the suspect. The officer in question stated that she did not shoot her attacker because she was afraid of it “being the story on national news”.
This brings me to the point of this story. Scared cops are ineffective, and second guessing will only get them or others hurt or killed in these kind of violent situations. While I applaud her for trying to exercise some restraint for not using her service weapon on her attacker, had there not been accompanying officers there with her she may have very well been killed. The last few years of police brutality protesting and media over-publicizing of cop-on-black shootings have confirmed what i thought would become a problem. Police’ unwillingness to perform their duties effective, due to the negative painting of police forces nationwide.
I will say this and stand strongly by it. When a community attacks the people they rely on to protect them and serve them, the police will begin to diminish in effectiveness and willingness to “do their job”. They are less likely to respond to problem areas and when they do, their presence will do little to no justice because of the constant possibility of backlash or personal attack. An officer who has to constantly look over his shoulder or doubt his line of action won’t react as quickly to an escalating situation or may respond in a manner that makes potential harm or loss of life that much more likely.
While there isn’t a 100 percent fix-all to this situation, I do support the due process and proper punishment for those who act in an egregiously inappropriate manner to situations in the community. At the same time, we also need to acknowledge that all police officers are not at fault here and we still need to embrace and appreciate those who do arrive and perform their duties in a way that benefits all parties involved. Also we need to learn to look past all of the recent media over-hyping and get in-depth facts before judging the actions of those involved.