It’s not just Michael Brown.
It’s Ezell Ford of Los Angeles, unarmed and shot to death by cops in LA last week. “Diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, Ford was taking medication and seeing a doctor, a family member said”
It’s Andrew Gaynier, an unarmed 26-year-old and father of a 19-month-old, killed by a police officer in Dallas August 11th.
It’s Dillon Taylor, a 20-year-old shot by cops a week ago Monday who was apparently unarmed. There’s no evidence he had a weapon and the cops still refuse to say if he did nine days after the shooting. (He almost certainly wasn’t armed. If he were, the cops would have released that info long ago).
And also in Utah, a local cop has recently been charged with murder for shooting an unarmed 21-year-old drug suspect while she was backing her car out of a parking space. Perhaps relevant, perhaps not: She was white.
In fact, the people shot dead in three of these four cases were white.
As Mark Steyn has pointed out,American cops kill far more citizens in the line of duty than any other Western police force. That doesn’t mean all—or even ANY—of those shootings were wrong, but it should cause everyone to ask some tough questions. If you’re not even willing to ask those questions, you’re not “pro-cop,” you’re pro-ignorance.
If you really cared about police and supporting them, you’d want to know if we’re using the wrong police strategy. If you want citizens to respect the cops, you’d want the handful of cops who don’t respect us weeded out of the force.
But more importantly, if you’re willing to let government agents gun down your fellow unarmed citizens, you’re not worthy of the title “citizen.” You’re a serf, a ward of the state, a “comrade” in the old Soviet sense of the word.
Being a free citizen involves responsibility. It involves confronting authority. And it involves thinking for yourself. If you don’t want to do that, if you just want to blindly obey the government—move to Cuba.
Wow. This is coming from Michael Graham, a conservative talk show host in Atlanta who has previously been what I could only call excessively pro-cop.