… or anyone else, for that matter.
Some of our most recent posts and pages have highlighted a growing issue with police officers – mostly in the US, but other countries are seeing some of the same problems, on a much smaller scale. Fear has been allowed to fester in police officers, something which is mostly due to mismanagement, faulty recruitment practices and nearly non-existent education of police in the US.
Most recently, the officers responsible for shooting and killing a 12 year old child were not held accountable for that murder, with prosecutors citing a “perfect storm of human error”.
Let’s take a quick look.
- 12 year old “brandishes” a softgun – a toy – around in a park. I.e. waving his favorite toy around, like a child.
- An adult calls 911, instead of taking the toy away from the child, and informing the parents. The adult tells 911 that the gun is a fake.
- Police arrive, draw real weapons. Approaches child. The child was not warned.
- Police are too scared to talk to a child, and shoots the child to death over a toy.
Those are the facts. These officers weren’t caught in a “perfect storm of human error”, they were caught in an immobilizing fear, focused only on their own safety instead of protecting the lives of others and the obviously underaged minor in front of them.
The fear which what seems to be most US police officers carry with them to their place of work every day, makes them unfit to be police officers, prone to rash decisions and quick to use of weapons against unarmed women, children and men of any age, any race and any persuasion. This fear and cowardice in police officers who are only out to protect themselves over anyone else, instead of the other way around, has made the US police system a danger to anyone who encounters them.
Police in the US have killed hundreds and hundreds of people this year. Including a 12 year old child.
Do you know where your children are, or will you yourself be next?