I suppose one of the things that really upsets me (among many others) about all the stories regarding out of control policemen and police departments around the country is the fact that, even though they must know how much focus is on these kinds of events now, they still continue to do it. Shoot first, ask questions later, even if the suspect in question is a kid, is unarmed, is running away in the opposite direction, was doing nothing or very little wrong in the first place, or a combination of any of those things. They don't seem to care. And given some of the stories that are coming out about internal communications among the police in several departments, there is very little doubt that extreme racism is behind many of these unjustifiable killings. They don't care. Some police seem to think that they are the judge, jury and executioner for something as minor as selling cigarettes without a tax stamp or being suspected of lifting less than $20 worth of merchandise from a convenience store. This is really insane and it is even more insane that we are even having to point out how insane this is and then getting pushback from conservatives and "pro-police" people.
Our society has totally lost it and we don't even know it. I am so despondent over this topic and I am an old white guy. I have no idea how the black communities all over the country feel. I would think "outraged" wouldn't even begin to describe it. The local police are supposed to SERVE and PROTECT the citizens they represent. They should not be at war with the local populations! Dammit. Yeah, I know, I am not saying that there aren't a lot of very bad people out there and the police need to be very careful when going out on patrol. But that's their job! Not every black person they encounter is a violent criminal just waiting to do them harm. Some might be, say, an ex-tennis pro just standing in the wrong place and the wrong time.
SHIT!!! I got myself pretty upset just writing this post. There is something very wrong with our society right now and many people refuse to admit it.