Of course the Eric Garner situation has done nothing but add fuel to the racial embers burning in the black communities. While the vast majority of “white America” has been over the racial divide for last 10-20 years, the race hustlers continue to stir the pot. After all – it’s how they make their living.
Naturally, the debate rages on social media, so I figured I’d share one of my recent conversations. Calvin Lester decided to share Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) ridiculous “I can’t breathe” speech from the House floor.
As a reminder, Rep Hank Johnson has already provided us with a wealth of comedy – he thinks Guam (the island territory) might actually tip over. Even The Young Turks can’t defend that one..
@Jarvis – maybe you misunderstand. “We” don’t have guns because of a mistrust of the police at the all. “We” actually trust the police to do their job – which is NOT protecting “us”. That would require some sort of pre-crime analysis which isn’t possible with current technology. Protection also isn’t feasible since it would require 24/7 supervision for all of us. There simply aren’t enough cops.
The job of the police is law enforcement, hence their title as law enforcement officers. That enforcement happens AFTER the fact 95% of the time. Of course, that means a crime has to first happen before they can show up with the lights and guns and yellow tape.
“We” have guns (and other means) of protection because we believe that ultimately “we” are responsible for both our own actions and our safety.
In the case of Garner, I do agree with you that the actions by the cops were ridiculous. Whether they were on orders to increase the pressure on the local riff-raff doesn’t matter. Arrest for selling illegal cigarettes? Really?
In my opinion that should be a ticket and court appearance. If the local businesses complained (apparently) then give him the opportunity to vacate the area or face arrest.
I also don’t care if he had a record or not. This was an overstep of the local government – not of the police.
On the other hand, verbally resisting and complaining is not the same as physically resisting. Once he physically resisted, the outcome was never going to be in his favor. More cops will simply show up. Did he “fight” the cops? Not exactly – but as any parent knows, trying to drag or control or contain a child throwing a tantrum where you are fighting dead weight is difficult enough. Now imagine a 350lb man.
Ultimately, the cop(s) did NOT kill Garner. He killed himself by his actions that were precipitated by local overreach.