You and I need to have a talk about your behavior. I’ve been hearing some things about you. Bad things.
You’re apparently the sort of person who is inclined to believe that there were other ways to handle Michael Brown?And you’re apparently the sort of person who was inclined to believe that there were other ways to handle Eric Garner? And you’re apparently the sort of person who was inclined to believe that there were other ways to handle John Crawford? And you’re apparently the sort of person who was inclined to believe that there were other ways to handle Akai Gurley? And you’re apparently the sort of person who was inclined to believe that there were other ways to handle Tamir Rice?
Is this true? Have you been doing these things? Don’t let me hear about you doing these things. Because believe no longer: there absolutely weren’t better ways to handle any of those situations. In each case, the police absolutely nailed it. Do you know how I know? Because the police told me so. And you should be thankful. So also say the police, who have frankly had just about enough of your ungrateful response to their repeated executions of unarmed black men.
You should have known better after the St. Louis Police Officers Association demanded apologies after five St. Louis Rams players took the field in the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose popularized after the Brown killing. When the SLPOA speaks, we in this house listen. But now Cleveland’s Patrolman Union president insisting that the Cleveland Browns apologize to police after one of the team’s players had the audacity to wear a shirt onto the field demanding justice in the Crawford and Rice killings. Let there be no doubt that when a policeman declares his behavior lawful, it is so.
What? What’s that? You still find yourself thinking, “But…Brown was unarmed. And Crawford and Rice were not only unarmed, but in an open-carry state, where even if they had been armed, having been so would have been legal, and even if it wasn’t legal, no obvious attempt was made to interact with the suspects in any sort of meaningful way.”
No, whatever, it’s fine.
Be that way.
I tried though. I tried to tell you that you had nothing to worry about. I tried to tell you that the police are professionals who always do their jobs. I tried to tell you that police are incapable of doing anything wrong. I tried to tell you that even if you think the police have done something wrong, that this isn’t your concern. But no. You had to keep pushing. You had to keep sitting there, inclined to think that there exists some sort of nuanced truth about policing. You’re the one insisting that there must be some middle ground between doing nothing at all and opening fire. That’s on you.
And now, as a result of your behavior, you’re not welcome at Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) funerals anymore.
See? It stings a little bit, doesn’t it? There are consequences for those that can’t find it in their hearts to support the police officers who choke men to death and shoot blindly into darkened stairwells. There are consequences for those who throw entire police departments under the bus just because they keep killing unarmed citizens.
Do you see? Do you see where your thinking has gotten you? Nowhere. It’s gotten you nowhere. Maybe you’d just feel better if you followed the advice of Patrick Lynch. He’s the PBA president. He said:
We have to teach our children, our sons and our daughters, no matter who they look like, to respect New York City police officers. Teach them to comply with police officers, even if they feel it’s unjust.
And that’s what I hope to have taught you. Stop thinking so much, even if you perceive injustice. Just comply.
(Image courtesy of Keep Calm-O-Matic.)