White Cops: Do we really need 'em?

Patrolman Yanez, scared to death, shoots shoots shoots shoots shoots shoots shoots

(Achtung! Sarcasm alert!)

There's been a lot of concern lately about police violence in the United States. Police kill over 1,000 people, mostly fellow Americans, every year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, in a country where race is at the root of so much of its history and culture, African-Americans are disproportionately the victims, astonishingly so. (At this point, I shouldn't have to go on about this at any length. If interested, see this and/or this). In the CounterPunch article, author Di Maggio notes:

The CPE (Center for Policing Equity) study finds major inequity between blacks and whites regarding police brutality. It concludes that the average use-of-force rate for blacks is 273 per 100,000, compared to 76 per 100,000 for whites, or an imbalance of 3.6-to-1. One could retort that use-of-force is not tantamount to brutality, short of definitive evidence presented in court of excessive force. However, the point here is not about court convictions, but about the mistreatment of blacks relative to whites, which itself amounts to brutalizing an entire race of people.

(nb: non-Hispanic whites are 72.4 per cent of the US population, blacks are 12.6. Do the arithmetic.) (Reference)

If the police treated everyone the same, it seems obvious, that would not be so, n'est-ce pas?

So what is to be done?

You may have noticed that every police officer that shoots an unarmed black man says s/he "feared for her/his life." For example, Jeronimo Yanez, the cop who stopped Philando Castile in Minnesota last July, feared for his life when, after Castile informed him he was licensed to carry and had a gun in the car, and then reached for his wallet—something any driver would have to do in order to produce her/his driver's licence—and though Castile told him he wasn't reaching for his gun, Yanez became so fearful that he just had to shoot the bejeezus out of Castile. Seven shots.

Norm Stamper, chief of police in Seattle from 1994-2000, says in his book, "Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing," white cops shoot black people because white cops are afraid of black people. "We say that officers treat black men the same way they treat white men," he says. "But that's a lie. In fact, the bigger, the darker the black man the greater the fear."

So here's a simple solution: Don't hire any more white cops. Oh, I know, white people will get all huffy about their rights and shit, but, really, it's their own fault. If they go through intensive training, become really tough and conditioned, and learn all kinds of fighting techniques, how to disarm people, how to calm down distraught people, and they're still scared of black people, well, clearly they're just not cut out for the job. Maybe it's something about their culture.

And, really, haven't we done enough for white people? So they can't be cops. They need to just put it behind them. It's not as if they weren't given a fair chance! Why take jobs away from clearly superior black candidates, just because white people want jobs, too?

It's not like there won't be other opportunities open for white people. Maybe they could become musicians.

But if every white cop who shoots a tiny black woman with a pair of scissors in her hand did it because s/he "feared for her/his life," clearly they don't have what it takes to be a "peace officer." Sorry.

If put into effect as soon as possible, it would solve two problems in one:


  • Black cops presumably aren't afraid of white people, at least white people who aren't cops aiming guns at them, and also aren't afraid of black people, so the number of police shootings would go down quickly.

  • When black cops do shoot unarmed persons, police services officials, who would still most likely be white, would be far less hesitant to discipline them, and attorneys general to charge them with manslaughter and above. You know, 'cause they're not white.


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