Kilo_302 said:The point is, no one in this community trusts the police. So whether the witnesses are right or not, that's what everyone is hearing. I can't speak to your personal experiences in law enforcement, but the situation in the states is far different. Just look at the stats:
How could it NOT be a different situation when a black man is shot? They seem to get shot with alarming frequency in the US. The whole system is racist.
And no, it doesn't take a visit to Ferguson to know that an MRAP is over the top. New Glasgow in NS has an armoured vehicle for #$@#'s sake. This is about emphasizing one style of policing, one tool in the box.
They are shot with an alarming frequency because they statistically commit more crimes. This isn't a race thing, it's a crime stat thing. No different in Canada how aboriginals are hugely over represented in jails. The fact is, crime stats don't lie.
Look up the stats for a predominately white state such as Utah , Oregon, or Montana. I wouldn't be shocked to see police shoot more white people there than minorities.
I don't discriminate...I'll shoot and kill a white guy just as fast as an Asian, African American, Native etc etc. I, like all others I work with, are far more concerned with going home than letting someone hurt us because it may offend a particular ethnic group.
Here's the question I pose to you...why would have it been "acceptable" had the officer in question be black?
I also want to throw this out there to ensure I'm not being misconstrued. I'm 100% for a proper and thorough investigation being done on this, and if the officer was wrong then fire him, toss him in jail etc etc. What I don't believe in, is people getting mad and destroying their city or hurting others in the name of "justice." What the public is doing there is not the answer and frankly my personal belief is that it's no longer about the kid being shot, it's about the fact that those people have open season to do whatever they want and human nature is taking over. The public is going to denounce the heavy handed police response that WILL be necessary to finally quell this.....yet they are bringing it on themselves.