I know this woman's suicide is sad, but I can't help but laugh at all the bizarre conspiracy theories being cooked up by the #blacklivesmatter idiots. Of course, these people don't really care about Ms Bland as much as they care about simply stirring up the pot.
They claim a huge injustice has been committed, and demand the arresting officer be held responsible. How ignorant of them. If anyone is to be held responsible, it would be the folks running the jail. I have no problem with calling them out for negligence, although in no way could this be deemed a murder.
But, again, when will we start holding the individual responsible for their own actions? Why is everything always someone else's fault these days?
I agree the woman should have been watched closely, as the dash cam video showed she was indeed bat-shit crazy. It is a tragedy that she was left alone to hang herself. But I feel strongly that the arresting officer was in no way out of line during the arrest, or remotely responsible for this woman's suicide.
Don't take this the wrong way. Any time a person dies in police custody there is reason to be suspicious.
But I'm just upset about how many times this same situation seems to be occurring, and how quickly the left assumes the authorities are guilty of some horrible plot against (insert minority du jour here). I find this a rather amazing conflict, since liberals are so adamant about the need for more and more powerful government.
If you watch the video, you can clearly see the officer acting in a polite and courteous manner until the point when the woman began her belligerent tirade.
Every single time an officer pulls a car over, there is a definite possibility that he might get shot. Which is why police want to see your hands on the steering wheel, and not fumbling about - either with a cigarette or a gun - while they are performing their job.
There was a definite series of events that caused the officer to turn from polite and courteous to aggressive.
There are many who claim she should have never been taken to jail, or pulled over. I wonder, what should the officer have done?
"You don't feel like getting ou! t of your car today, ma'am? Oh, I'm sorry - I didn't notice you are a black woman. How racist of me not to notice. I understand how terribly oppressive it is of me to make such an unreasonable demand. I apologize for the inconvenience your traffic violation might have caused you. Please, go about your business. Thank you, and have a nice day."
It's like dealing with a spoiled, whiny child - sometimes you have to give them a swat to get their attention. And, when you do, there's always some bone head who will scream to police about child abuse.
If you watch the video again, the majority of events took place off-camera. You could, however, hear the audio track, which painted a picture of the woman screaming and kicking in a futile attempt to avoid compliance with the officer.
One question: doe! s anyone dispute what would have happened if the woman simply responded to the officer's initial courtesy with a polite "yes, officer"?
Remember the last time you say a white guy yanked from his car and hauled off to jail for something as silly as a routine traffic stop? Yeah, I don't either. It is a rare occurrence, to say the least. And do you ever wonder why that hardly ever happens?
Is that because of "white privilege," as the left always claims, or because most white people understand it is not only proper but advantageous to deal with police in a courteous and cooperative manner?
No, this has nothing to do with the insanely nonsensical concept of "white privilege." Anyone, of any race, can expect the same outcome if they interact properly with the police:
I was raised to believe that a person's race doesn't matter, that it is a person's character that matters. A man is a man, and an asshole is an asshole - period. I am being constantly reminded how wrong that truly is by the morons who now claim it's racist NOT to recognize people by race.
In today's messed up, "fundamentally transformed" America, race now seems to the primary factor in determining right from wrong. And it is becoming painfully apparent that black people can do no wrong in the Age of Obama.
No matter what a person does these days, it's always someone else's fault when any social interaction turns out shitty for them.