By Brian Donnellon
Another day, another American killed by their own police force, taking the death toll for 2016 to 787. To ‘protect and serve’ is the motto used but does it have any meaning left? The police will defend themselves by saying they don’t know what weapons are being hidden by the suspects; not all of these people were innocent but more important is the fact that not all were guilty.
Keith Lamont Scott is another name added to a growing list, and the officer who did the shooting has been placed on paid leave. Officers claim Mr.Scott was carrying a weapon, while members of his family said it was a book in his hand. But the law in North Carolina means Mr.Scott was within his rights to carry a gun. A much bigger issue is at the root of this. Where is the line drawn? When and where is it acceptable to carry a weapon? Only a few days earlier in Oklahoma, a video emerged of a police officer shooting an unarmed man with his arms raised above his head.
With riots continuing into a second night in North Carolina, a protester was fatally shot on Wednesday night and Police officers have been wounded each night. Locals are angry and looking for justice, but can they find it from a justice system that looks to protect its own? Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency and brought in the National Guard to strengthen protection for members of the community. Even if a police officer wants to speak out against one of their own, the pressure they may receive from colleagues is enough to keep most quiet. Trump and Clinton are the most likely candidates to take over the White House by the end of the year but is either of them going to try to resolve the gun crisis?
Celebrities have co
me out and voiced their opinion on police brutality, most notably NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been ‘taking a knee’ for the pre-game national anthem, in defiance to the treatment of black people by police. He has received heavy criticism from members of the American public, but why? He wants equal rights for all. A lot of questions asked but very few answered, an unwanted cycle of American police brutality. Expect this to get worse before a solution becomes a possibility.