In Atlanta, there was another police shooting of a black man on Friday, June 12, more blaming of the police, and more lawlessness justified by community leaders, liberal politicians, and the news media. Monday morning quarterbacking is easy when objectivity doesn’t matter, and when emotional responses fit the political narrative.
The facts are these. The man was drunk in public, and he was driving intoxicated, and he fell asleep and obstructed a fast-food drive-through disrupting a private business. Then he resisted arrest and fought with the police, he tried to take their weapons, and he tried to flee. Other than that, he was not doing anything wrong.
Congress and local governments are holding hearings to develop ideas about how to stop “police violence.” All police officers are being blamed for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
However, we should be honest and look at the culture and values among minorities and stop blaming only the police nor all the police. Police are not villains, and all blacks and minorities are not innocent victims of police brutality.
USA Today published an opinion piece that encourages exposing police to direct lawsuits as a solution to stop "police violence." However, removing “qualified immunity” from police officers, which allows them to act as agents of the government, would open the officers to personal (and many frivolous) lawsuits for alleged “police brutality.” This would discourage people from seeking a career in law enforcement and create a shortage of personnel.
Removing the qualified immunity would let everyone and anyone to directly and personally sue any officer they feel “wronged” them. People who feel abused by an officer’s looked or tone would drag them into court.
There’s a new danger to police officials as several of them from across the nation have had their personal information hacked and posted online amid the nationwide anti-police movement. Police officials from Atlanta, Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. have had their home addresses, emails, and phone numbers hacked and compromised.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has epitomized the progressive approach to law enforcement during the current riots by saying he expects the NYPD officers to use a “light touch” with “protesters.” Further emphasizing this progressive arrogance, Hollywood stars have developed a fund to pay the bail for arrested rioters. In the meantime, police officers are injured, and private property is being destroyed.
Dear Mayor de Blasio and other progressives, these are NOT protestors exercising their First Amendment rights. They are vandals and criminals, and they don’t deserve a light touch.