978 - Call the Police

8th Dec 2014, 12:00 PM in 2014
Call the Police
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Tim 8th Dec 2014, 12:00 PM edit delete
There was no video of the Michael Brown incident - no cop body cam, no dashboard cam, no phone footage. There was just enough conflicting witnesses and open-to-interpretation evidence that there was a lick of doubt - not much, but still, some.

On the other hand, Eric Garner's arrest was caught on video and broadcast on YouTube to the tune of over a million hits, depending on which upload of the video you find. And the same shit that people said about Brown ("he was huge, look at the size of him, someone that big is automatically threatening") is being said about Garner, and my response is exactly the same! The weight disparity is larger, but still - if police wrongly accuse me of some bullshit misdemeanour and kill me during the arrest, would my height and weight help people justify it? Let's not pretend that the excessiveness of the force here was based entirely on his size.

The US needs to start holding it's cops to account for their actions.