A lot of you may know about the recent acquittal of the Pittsburgh police officer, Michael Rosfeld for the shooting death of Antwon Rose II.
This has sent protests throughout the city voicing their displeasure of the verdict. So far, nothing has been out of control which many are grateful for. It's been a lot of people supporting the family while they grieve. The protestors have blocked intersections, entered restaurants to stand on tables and hotels singing and chanting. A manager of Hello Bistro confronted them and told them to leave and of course that got a little heated. But overall, there's been no reports of widespread destruction like on Ferguson, Baltimore, or Charlotte level.
But I've found videos of the jury foreman who enlightens more details on the case. They're eye-opening videos and they confirm that this wasn't a case of an innocent bystander killed by the police.www.wtae.com/article/jury-fore…www.abc27.com/news/state/only-…
Antwon Rose II was riding around in a vehicle that was involved in felony crimes: an alleged earlier robbery (which the jury strangely did not hear about) and a drive-by shooting (which the jury did hear about). The jury viewed the video of the shooting and listened to the police dispatch call.
It wasn't a busted tire stop. It was a felony stop as the teens were involved in dangerous crimes one of which was caught on camera and a person was injured. The jury even viewed video of the teens cleaning up the car after the drive-by shooting.
These teenagers were up to no good. Rosfeld spotted the vehicle associated with the crimes and pulled them over. One of the teens complied with the officer's orders, but the other two ran.
"But Antwon was running away. He wasn't a threat to the officers." is the common mantra for the protestors. There was a senior citizen home nearby. Would they hole up inside and create a more dangerous situation? Mind you, the group performed a robbery and drive-by shooting earlier on. Antwon was indeed unarmed, but with a magazine clipping inside of his pocket.
After doing some research on the laws regarding police retaliation, I found this, "Fleeing Felon Rule".en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleeing_…definitions.uslegal.com/f/flee…
Antwon Rose II was associated with two others committing violent felony crimes. (Robbery and a drive-by shooting) He did not comply with the orders to cease and desist like the one teen did. He resisted arrest.
The two surviving teens pled the Fifth Amendment. They would not shed more light on the case. They essentially left their friend to die. When you get a call about gun violence, you don't know what to expect. You can't just wait and see. If they're not complying with orders, uncertainty rises. Will they turn on you? Will they threaten anyone else to escape?
If Antwon hadn't of ran, he'd still be alive and his family wouldn't be feeling this deep pain. The one teen did surrender peacefully and he's still alive.
Don't backtalk to police officers. Don't hesitate to comply with orders. Just do as your ordered immediately and have your day in court.
"The cop shouldn't have killed him! He was just running!" If Antwon had a gun on him, imagine how quickly he could turn around and pull the trigger. Perhaps a taser gun would've been the better option, but that may not be fast enough.
Even if they hadn't killed Antwon, he would've probably gotten killed by street violence in general. Thugs also shoot at folk who are running away. Even for them, a split second could be life or death. Street violence, mind you, occurs more often than police killings.
What is there really to protest about in this particular case
? Nothing in my opinion.
However, it's true that there are cases where police officers overreacted. A little boy with a water gun? He was killed. A man on the ground with his hands up already? Shot, but not killed. Even the cop said he wasn't sure why he fired. Justine Damond, an Australian woman, shot to death by police and she's the one who called for help. Philandro Castile was a cafeteria worker in Minnesota who was shot multiple times. The officer killed Philandro despite him being perfectly compliant. That officer should have asked him to step out of the vehicle and patted him down to check for himself. They all were truly not threats and should not have been killed.
All of the officers involved in those shootings have been fired, but not jailed.
Not all police are saints and you can't know which officer you're going to get. I understand that fear.
Is it all based upon racism? There are racist cops. There are racist people. You can't stop people from forming opinions, whether they're in your favor or not. You can't make people like you either. You can get called a racist for simply having a different opinion even if no racial slurs or epithets were used.
A more damning fact: humans have been hating, fighting, and killing one another since the beginning of the species' existence. It's always been that way and it always will be.
Personal accountability is one of humanity's biggest problems. We blame the world for problems we cause ourselves.
Blacks hate being portrayed as violent savages, but then turn around and practically prove it by rioting, committing crimes, etc.
A white racist goes on a massacre in a Jewish synagogue and pleads not guilty. Says that Jews are threats and needed to die. The list of idiocies goes on forever.
Most of the people crying foul today are freer than their ancestors ever were! There are successful blacks and women. Judges, lawyers, professors, CEOs, etc. Blacks and women couldn't vote in the past, but now they can. If the world oppresses them so horribly, how is it that they were able to succeed? It could be because they don't let the past and haters drive their futures.
Bad things will happen and there's bad people out there. But letting them drive your life and future is what's truly keeping you down.
But back to the point at hand, the police do have a great degree of power and it should be used responsibly. However, every situation is unique and it will be difficult to create a blanket technique for each one. If the opportunity presents itself, perhaps they can be trained to hang back and stealthily perform a quick overview of the immediate situation. This can be done to confirm if the suspect(s) are indeed holding weapons. (However, I believe such practices are already used.) Perhaps they can invent ways to trap fleeing suspects who don't comply with initial orders without lethal force. It really doesn't seem like there's much that can be done on the police's side of things. It's really up to the officer(s) that responds to the situation and that is frightening. However, the suspects are also under accountability too. It's best to follow the orders given immediately and without fuss. That's the best way to prevent loss of life. Many people have encountered police and are still alive to tell the tale.
Power can and does make people crazy. How do you effectively combat that though? Some suggest to police the police. What guidelines and laws should be in place? How to enforce them? Body cameras are worn by police, but some officers have not used them accordingly.
Human nature strikes again.
There are some here in Pittsburgh that say that we shouldn't call the cops period. Well, what should one do if a mass shooter strikes a store or a high school again? I doubt many people would know how to handle an active shooter singlehandedly. And how would you contain them if no one came to apprehend the shooter? Do you have a jail in your home? Perhaps a neighbor does? Or perhaps someone would kill the shooter themselves...with a gun because a knife wouldn't hold up too well. But then you have a gun fight and bystanders would get caught in the crossfire.
There's no easy solutions to this and changes will not happen overnight. Because the problem here isn't solely the police or the laws by themselves, it's human nature. The "it's me or them" part of human nature. Humans can and have bent the laws, cop or not.
Again, how do you effectively combat that?
Rant over...……….for now...…...