Despite clear video showing that Atlanta police were (at least arguably) justified in using deadly force against Rayshard Brooks this weekend, the nearly-undisputed narrative is that it was an unacceptable shooting, that Brooks posed no threat to the officers, and that the police should have called him a Lyft or something instead of trying to arrest him for breaking the law.
While there are acceptable conversations to have about whether or not there are situations where adding cops and arrests to the mix is the wisest move, it’s hard to see how these particular cops could have acted any differently. When a suspect fights with you, steals your taser gun, and then attempts to use the taser on you, the spectrum of appropriate options narrows down to very, very few.
Take race out of it. Take this specific incident out of it. Go back a week and ask 100 people what they would expect to happen if they stole a taser from a cop and attempted to shoot them with it. We’re thinking that (at least) 99 of those people would say, “Well, that sounds like an excellent way to get shot.”
You can play around and say, oh a taser isn’t a deadly weapon, but what happens when that taser debilitates the officer, leaving open the possibility that the suspect will grab the cop’s actual gun? The Monday-morning quarterbacks want police to wait until they are in a split-second, life-or-death moment before pulling their guns. Problem is, waiting for that moment is going to mean death for the officer half the time.
In an interview with Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro this weekend, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik said he was sick of hearing double-talking jive from Democrat leaders.
“I hear the attorney said that using the taser against the officer is not deadly force — yet the city of Atlanta, the mayor of Atlanta, had six cops fired last week, a week-and-a-half ago for using a Taser on a couple in a car — and the district attorney charged them with using deadly physical force,” Kerik said. “Five of those cops, of the six, were black. This wasn’t a black and a black-and-white issue. They fired them, saying they use deadly force. So that conflicts with what these guys said already.”
Kerik said that Democrats were right about calling for reforms, but he didn’t agree that the police are the ones who need to change.
“Tell the thugs in your community don’t attack our police, don’t assault our police, don’t resist arrest, don’t obstruct or interfere with that arrest, don’t run from the police,” Kerik suggested. “Don’t run cops over with your car. Don’t take their tasers, don’t take their weapons, don’t take their guns. Because if you do, we’re going to use force and we’re not going to lose if we use force.”
We’re sure this counts as racism or victim-blaming or some other horrible, privileged infraction, but it’s hard to deny the common-sense truth of it.
But then, what use do modern, radical Democrats have for common-sense truth?