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Ted Rall

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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t think they are required to release the shooter’s name unless he’s charged with a crime.

  2. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, over 2 years ago

    That may vary in different jurisdictions. I’m not going to go research it, but I’d bet it’s released once the civil suit against the PD is filed. The PD won’t take a fall if they can offer up a “bad cop”. You know the name will be leaked if not released.
    On a more practical note, they would not be smart to release the name(s) until, and if, they can be certain of their story. What if they released the wrong name(s) and got an innocent person killed?
    Get the facts to the best of their ability, then release the name(s). They have responsibilities both to the public and to the department. It’s a delicate balance.

  3. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    A bundle of tragedies heaped on top of each other.

    Obviously, the best answer is to trust in a system that finds facts, and to expect people to be innocent until proven guilty. It is unfortunate that we have gotten to the point where people feel (rightly in many cases) that those in authority cannot be trusted to get the facts and to correctly report them.

    It is more unfortunate that there are many willing to kill this police officer without benefit of a trial by a jury of his peers.

    And even more unfortunate that people feel they have a right to destroy property that has nothing at all to do with any of the individuals involved, just because they are angry. This does not give you the right to riot and destroy.

    If Al Sharpton were truly a leader, he would have a lot to say about non-violence, even in opposition. But he’s just a mouthpiece. Dr. King would be ashamed, or at least very disappointed.

  4. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    Dress the police in military-grade combat gear. Give them military-grade weapons. Have them drive around in military-grade armored vehicles and aim sniper rifles at innocent citizens.

    It’s a declaration of war, where the people you’re supposed to protect are “the enemy”. How should they react to that? “Just settle down, and trust the system to provide justice even though it’s failed to do so almost every time beforehand.”

  5. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, over 2 years ago

    This instance of government unaccountability brought to you by Unions™! Unions™ – protecting government dysfunction for more than fifty years!

  6. Balto Bill

    Balto Bill said, over 2 years ago

    @TripleAxel

    So a cop kills an unarmed kid because… Unions?

    What?
    Go get help,…. immediately.

  7. Crow Nobo, fol de rol de riddle

    Crow Nobo, fol de rol de riddle said, over 2 years ago

    The name of the cop was released at the same time a report of cigars being stolen was released.

  8. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    Well, in times like these the bigots show their true colors.

  9. Balto Bill

    Balto Bill said, over 2 years ago

    Tips for being an unarmed black teen in America:

    Shy away from dangerous, heavily policed areas.


    Avoid swaggering or any other confident behavior that suggests you are not completely subjugated.

    Be sure not to pick up any object that could be perceived by a police officer as a firearm, such as a cell phone, a food item, or nothing.

    Explain in clear and logical terms that you do not enjoy being shot, and would prefer that it not happen.

    Don’t let society stereotype you as a petty criminal. Remember that you can be seen as so much more, from an armed robbery suspect, to a rape suspect, to a murder suspect.

    Try to see it from a police officer’s point of view: You may be unarmed, but you’re also black.

    Avoid wearing clothing associated with the gang lifestyle, such as shirts and pants.

    Revel in the fact that by simply existing, you exert a threatening presence over the nation’s police force.

  10. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, over 2 years ago

    @Crow Nobo, fol de rol de riddle

    The name of the cop was released at the same time a report of cigars being stolen was released.
    .
    Don’t forget the surveillance video! That was some huge 18-year-old shoving that store clerk around!
    :(

  11. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago

    We never seem to hear much about British police getting into trouble like this!?

  12. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 2 years ago

    If he won’t provide ID how in the world will his killers be able to notify the soon-to-be next of kin?

  13. The Vicar

    The Vicar said, over 2 years ago

    @Beau Nobo:

    Yeah, because when you suspect that someone is guilty of a crime (which the policeman didn’t, as the chief has admitted, because he had never heard that the crime was committed), and that somebody has their back turned to you and their hands up, and they’re unarmed, the proper procedure is to shoot them nine times and then drive away.

    This is part of the legal reforms recently passed, in which policemen have been granted the powers of judge, jury, and executioner. To heck with “innocent until proven guilty”, charging people with crimes, and actually capturing them, these days, it is the job of cops to kill people on suspicion, particularly if they are black and not showing enough respect. (“Enough respect” is a legal term. It means “however much respect the cop in question thinks is enough, regardless of whether the actions involved are legal or even physically possible, regardless of whether the suspect complies or not or whether the requests are even made out loud.”)

    These reforms, however, only apply if the suspected criminal is black. If you’re WHITE, you can point assault weapons at the police and threaten to kill them, and no actions will be taken, because it is understood that the provisional powers of judge, jury, and executioner are contingent on melatonin.

    @MangeyMoose:

    Actually, we only never hear about it because the news doesn’t cover it. The British Police have their own racism problems — look up Mark Duggan, Jean Charles de Menezes, or Blair Peach, just for a start.

  14. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, over 2 years ago

    @Balto Bill

    I appreciate tongue in cheek humor, especially when it’s based on truth. Michael Moore covered some of that back in 99, how everyday items, such as candy bars, were “mistaken” for a weapon.
    Maybe I should create and market the “AR-15, the candy bar loaded with power!”
    Bet I’d make a million.

  15. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, over 2 years ago

    Someone is listening:
    http://apnews.excite.com/article/20140816/us—police_militarization-9a6a9da102.html

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