>yes, the brother definitely could've complied. should he >have? sure. > >that does NOT excuse what the officers did. >
But that's like a chicken and egg argument.
>the officers were the professionals in this situation. they >were trained to handle this situation and had several options. > they chose the wrong option. and b/c they're held to a >higher standard, they're wrong act trumps the brother's wrong >act. and that should be the focus here. >
If you want to lay the blame on the officers that's a slippery precedent going forward. Right?
How many times does the officer have to tell someone to get out of a 3,000 pound potential weapon before something happens.
>the lesson about obeying cops - teach that to your kids based >on this. good idea. but it's not something that needs to be >a broader conversation based on this. we don't need to teach >our young Black men that they need to comply w/cops based on >this. i mean, we as parents of kids do need to warn our kids. > but the public conversation needs to focus on the cops and >their wrong. b/c their wrong trumps the brother's wrong. >
I have taught my Black Son how to comply with the police as a means of survival. I have taught him that he might be right but don't fight or talk back, because what ever was done wrong can sorted out later with a lawyer, but I need him to stay alive until we can get things in order.