The news has been all about the police shootings of black men lately, but the latest round with a video of a white officer shooting a fleeing black man in the back, and then planting “evidence” that it was self defense, is seemingly on every news cast.
While I don’t believe that even the majority of police officers are either racist or homicidal, I don’t have a single doubt that any profession that gives almost absolute “control” over others won’t attract plenty of people who are high in psychopathic traits. The psychological experiments done in this vein also show that even “normal” people, when given power over others, will often abuse that power. I also believe that the job of police officer is one that is difficult and that dealing with a continual stream of criminals hardens even the best person’s views to some extent.
For years when police overstepped their roles of “serving and protecting” it was only a case of “he said/she said” of who is right about what happened, the cop or the perp. With the advent of almost every person on the street carrying a high resolution video camera, and citizens demanding body cameras and dash cams on every police vehicle and officer, things may change drastically to weed out some of the bad apples in the police force.
‘I just can’t watch that video, it’s not him’: Mother of killer cop says son who shot Walter Scott in back ‘loved being an officer’ and that HER family is grieving too
• The mother of North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager is speaking out as her son is behind bars for the the shooting death of Walter Scott
• Karen Sharpe defended her son, saying she could not imagine him ever murdering someone and that he loved being a police officer
• She also revealed that Slager’s pregnant wife is devastated about what has happened as she is set to give birth next month
• Sharpe said she has not watched the video of the shooting or read any news reports or watched any news coverage of the incident
• She also expressed sympathy for the Scott family, noting this event has caused them both to ‘change forever’
• Slager has not entered a plea to the murder charge nor commented publicly on the killing
By Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:47 EST, 9 April 2015 | Updated: 05:43 EST, 10 April 2015
The mother of the officer involved in the shooting, is devastated, of course, and seems to me to be in deep denial about her beloved son, refusing to watch the video or read the news about what her son has done. I understand that, and right now, the news of what her son has done is so overwhelming that she can’t “swallow” it in one bite and denial is the appropriate stage for such a shock, and for the grief that she is starting to process.
The family of the murdered man is also grieving, of course, but seem to me to be doing so in a “healthy” manner, refusing to allow Al Sharpton to come to the funeral and turn it into another “Ferguson” circus with riots and looting.
There is injustice in this world, there are people who are violent and homicidal, in all races of people, and against all races of people. Our daily news is filled with photos of wars, murders, assaults, rapes and other horrors and all the riots aren’t going to change humanity for the better.
I grieve for both of these families, but I am glad that the young man had his video camera and that he turned it over to the family of the murdered man and the police so that justice can be served in this case in the courts of law where it belongs, but both families are changed forever and for that, there is no judicial remedy.