Is the U.S. doing enough to hold cops accountable? | The Tylt
Is the U.S. doing enough to hold cops accountable?
Daniel Payne of The Federalist says these repeated police shootings of unarmed Black men, with no convictions, show that Americans need to completely rethink their attitude toward police accountability. He argues at this point cops "can do almost anything without suffering criminal consequences."
Americans have a profoundly stupid and misguided deferential attitude toward law enforcement....that this kind of thing happens, in varying degrees, all the time—suggests that Americans have a deeply dysfunctional and unhealthy attitude about what constitutes acceptable police behavior.
But others, like New York police union president Patrick Lynch, argue civilians are far too quick to judge police without having walked in their shoes. He also believes it's too easy for people who are not in harm's way, on a daily basis, to criticize those whose lives are constantly on the line.
If you have never struggled with someone who is resisting arrest or who pulled a gun or knife on you when you approached them for breaking a law, then you are not qualified to judge the actions of police officers putting themselves in harm’s way for the public good.
The statistics for Black men being shot by police are pretty chilling. Would these numbers be different if officers knew they would be held accountable by their superiors, juries, and the public?
All lives matter? --> Black men aged 15-34 are NINE TIMES more likely than other Americans to be killed by police. https://t.co/QWiiKUjwfo
Even conservative outlets like the National Review were appalled by the verdict in the Philando Castile case, where an officer fired seven shots into Castile's car during a routine traffic stop. Castile's girlfriend and daughter were in the car.