*I would be less than truthful if I didn’t suggest other cops follow their colleagues line of thinking. FYI, take a look at the headline.
No, I don’t encourage violence of any kind. And I hate the police mentality of shoot first and ask questions later.
But at least this officer is alive. We can’t say that about a number of people fatally wounded at the hands of police.
The Alabama police officer who was pistol whipped unconscious by an unarmed suspect said he didn’t fire his weapon because he feared bad publicity.
Now yes, one could argue, ‘and look what happened.’ But again I say, he’s not dead! And neither is his assailant. That does not mean the man won’t be brought to justice.
As he should be.
The incident occurred in Birmingham on Friday, when the suspect somehow got hold of the officer’s service weapon.
With a request of anonymity, the officer said he just didn’t want the negative media attention that shooting the unarmed suspect would draw.
“A lot of officers are being too cautious because of what’s going on in the media,” said the officer. “I hesitated because I didn’t want to be in the media like I am right now.”
Really? ‘A lot of officers are being too cautious?’ Well who is it that’s killing all of these black folk?
According to local affiliate KFOR, the incident occurred during a traffic stop.
“We don’t want to be in the media,” he said. “It’s hard times right now for us.”
Heath Boackle, a sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department and president of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police, told the station that officers are “walking on eggshells because of how they’re scrutinized in the media.”
“We should be thanking the good Lord because he could be dead right now,” Boackle added. He described the incident to CNN during a phone interview.
“He calls for backup and tells the man to stay in the car, but he didn’t,” Boackle explained. “The last thing the officer remembers is getting sucker-punched in a parking lot. The next thing, he’s waking up in a hospital bed with staples in his head.”
This is only one officer’s behavior, and we know it is in the minority because his fellow officers most likely would not have hesitated.
“When the federal government last published a full year’s worth of data, it found 461 ‘justifiable homicides’ by law enforcement for the entirety of 2013; at the current crude rate, the Guardian’s count has law enforcement on track to kill 1,109 people in 2015,” the paper reported.
Watch the CNN video below: