Briefly, On Trusting The Police


Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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13 Responses

  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Why do we give these people so much power over us?

    Why did we give these people so much power over us?Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    After a mass shooting, you often hear people saying, “The media should not be so eager to report and wait until all better information is available, rather than speculating wildly and reporting on rumor. It damages their credibility.”

    The police should probably take that advice as well.

    But then we wouldn’t get to enjoy spectacles such as this, where the police are chewing on shoe leather so hard their jaws have got to be aching.Report

    • Avatar Stillwater says:

      Oooorrrr, cops could *not* shoot innocent people in the back.Report

      • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

        No way man, officer safety is way more important than anything else, and shooting someone in the back is really the safest way for an officer to shoot someone. It’s damn near impossible to accurately return fire while running away.Report

  3. There was no attempt to contextualize what “brandished a gun” meant in this case,

    Translated from government-speak: He was a black man who had a gun. Ergo, he was brandishing it.Report

    • Avatar Sam Wilkinson says:

      @michael-siegel That is exactly right. More interesting will be any bodycam or mall security footage that gets released. My gut guess is that what you have proposed here will be starkly clear in that footage.Report

      • Avatar Dark Matter says:

        You’re both not being cynical enough. This was clearly a screw-up, so there’s no reason we’ve hit the bottom yet.

        Did the cop even know he was armed?Report

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