I saw a debate in the E-Letter section of The Denver Post in which the issue was exactly how racist most police really are.
I used to work with a man who has autism and I eventually learned long after I left the organization with which I was affiliated that he had been swarmed by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies-which I found to be strange since he was in their data base as living with a disability and nonverbal.
Autism While Black must have been the excuse.
The following which you are about to read is a response in which someone came to the conclusion that this country should continue to try the same failed solution which we have been using for decades: standardized testing! And while I began my response on the subject of standardized testing, I delved deeper into children who live with developmental disabilities and how society treats them-especially what the police do to them.
The tragedy is that I was taught to respect police officers when I was a kid. I even thought about being in the California Highway Patrol because of the TV show, “C.H.i P.s” but one tends to change his mind after have a 9 millimeter put to his head and mocked for his hearing problem, not mention the countless pull overs I experienced just for having a Megadeth sticker or a Clinton-Gore ’92 sticker on my 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix.
While it is right to respect law enforcement, members of law enforcement must earn that respect.
They should be in the community protecting and serving instead of beating and killing.
Those who state that we should respect members of law enforcement need to hire more Pete Malloys (“Adam-12) and fire all of the Darren Wilsons if members of law enforcement want our trust, our respect, and our cooperation again.
What those on the right refuse to acknowledge is that there is difference between acting by the letter of the law rather than the spirit of the law.
One who acts by the letter of the law grants no special consideration. He shoots the autistic teenager who throws glasses at him after the officer escaped the teen’s chokehold, while
one who acts by the spirit of the law continues his attempt to calm the autistic teen until more qualified help arrives at the scene.
That’s how huge payouts happen, but I guess the taxpayers don’t care-at least not for now anyway. That’s fine with me because the satisfaction comes when we hear what happened to that officer right as he is leaving the courtroom, secure in the knowledge that the jury just gave him license to do the same all over again.
I think you all know what I mean (wink)!
I have experienced this personally, so there is no debate about this, because anyone who disagrees is simply wrong-and that’s just the end of the conversation. One who disagrees needs to educate himself on the subject before he makes an ass of himself in front of the entire assembly.
How ’bout those Dodgers, huh?