I'm am not saying all police shootings are unnecessary, but they are given the non lethal weaponry available.... What I am saying is those cops rolled up in that kid real quick and shot him. Dead. The video is grainy, but it looked to me like the kid was in a non threatening pose when they shot.
Cops here in North America are trained to be dicks. They act like dicks. As a collective they are dicks. They abuse their power. They are over aggressive. They are straight up dicks.
Given what has been occurring, I would think there would be a little less show of police siding from you James.
That kid was cute and they shot him dead real quick.
i get what you're saying, man, but i also look at each one of these incidents as their own thing. it seems like the media's conditioning us in a Pavlovian way to immediately respond negatively to any story that has the buzzwords "black teen shot by cop", regardless of context. do you really think that cops are intentionally going out looking for black people to shoot -- especially now???
that seems a little unreasonable to make the blanket statement that all police are dicks; in fact, aren't generalizations like that a huge no-no for literally every other group of people in the news right now? i think there is an issue with police brutality, definitely -- and i'm not denying a lot of the issues you bring up, but you also can't let your emotional response to the case override the importance of the actual evidence in a case like this...especially when you can clearly see in the video (which again, is sped up by a factor that none of us are certain of) that this kid was aiming a pellet gun with the orange safety cap removed at passersby in the park, i mean are we really gonna justify actions like that from a kid that's almost in high school?
he's 12, but age doesn't automatically designate innocence or absolve someone of doing something wrong; he was at an age where, if anything else, he should have been aware of the dire consequences one may suffer from openly waving anything looking even remotely like a gun in public...i was arguing with people all last night on YouTube about this, and the main argument people seem to have is that because he's 12, he MUST have been completely innocent, completely unaware and completely caught off-guard -- which is a logical fallacy to assume that every kid his age is incapable of going on a shooting spree, it's happened numerous times in the past decade.
it was a shitty misunderstanding, but the keyword is misunderstanding...and there are multiple sides as to who should take the blame. it's not this cut and dry "all police want black people dead, therefore police are bad" situation, and i highly doubt that the police officer in question was out looking to shoot and kill a kid that day.