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I was going to make this a reply to Jared's thread regarding police cameras.
But cop-cam controversy will be the second part of what I'm going to say in this first of perhaps two posts of this week (a day late for last week).
First. IN THE JUNGLE, THE MIGHTY JUNGLE,. . . THE CHARGING ASSAILANT IS ONE HELL OF A LOT MORE BIG AND DANGEROUS . . . . AND OF A VASTLY DIFFERENT SOCIOECONOMIC AND ETHNIC AND RACIAL AND POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS .. . . EXPERIENCE AND ORIENTATION AND MINDSET . . . . THAN THOSE BEING ATTACKED. (the officials) . . . .
And what is the reaction of the "officials"?
As the enraged, essentially psychopathological creature, totally/terroristically/territorystically intending their murder . . . as it nears . . . .
One of the biologists raises and fires and and the little tranquilizer dart goes plurp into the purp . . . which promplty falls to the ground. When the dna and stool and other samples have been taken, and other official matters completed, the rhino or hippo staggers to its feet and toddles off. Does this not reveal the means to preempt and prevent death by "deadly concerns of circumstances" -- a cop's assessment of his own possible death if he doesn't shoot first?I
picture myself wearing a uniform, alone at the door of a car I've stopped in the night, and I can feel the fear/hate of the four big African men in it and it sure looks like there's something metallic beside the driver and the guy's hand next to him sure looks like it's reaching toward . . . . . .
Would a rational reaction of restraint on my part be to query, "Pardon, sir, but would you please tell me what it is you seem to be intent on taking in hand lest I assume personal vulnerability and perhaps over-react to secure my own sense of safety??"
Could it be that unless you or I or any of us were where cops so often are, we'd really have no "informed, experiential" justification in screaming "police brutality" overall? Though undeniably there are brutal cops and just plain carnage committed. Yes, some cops are deadly animals. It's residual in some humans' nature.
Some of nature's humans.
BUT LEST I TAKE THIS TO TYPICAL (for me) EXTREME LENGTH. . . . . MY POINT (and for this new thread rather than reply) IS . . . .
THERE SHOULD BE HUMAN-DOSAGE-CALIBRATED TRANQUILIZER DARTS DEVELOPED.
THERE SHOULD BE TRANQUILIZER GUNS STANDARD-ISSUED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL INCLUDING EVEN SECURITY GUARDS.
(would have made a difference in that unfortunate Zimmerman v. Martin misunderstanding).
THERE SHOULD BE THAT PROTECTION FOR THOSE WHO PROTECT US -- TO SHOOT FIRST AND SORT OUT THE SHIT (and dna etc.) LATER WHEN THE THREAT HAS BEEN SECURED (cuffed, or whatever).
SHOOT FIRST. IF IT WORKS WITH MASSIVE WILD ANIMALS IT SHOULD WORK WITH EVEN VERY LARGE FELLOW HUMANS.
SHOOT FIRST. NO HARM DONE.
But prior to issueing the devices and instituting the preemptive projectile procedure, LEGISLATE FIRST. IN ORDER TO PREVENT WHAT WOULD NO DOUBT OTHERWISE BE THE ATTACK OF THE LAWSUITS, THE LAWYERS. Against which the cops would have no protection.
Long ago I made this tranquilizer suggestion I THINK IT SHOULD BE AN IDEA DISCUSSED, PASSED ON, PROLIFERATED, INCORPORATED.
Now for part II.
As for cop-cams, no, not demeaning to officers even though I'm sure someone other than I would be calling them Keystone cops.
What's the reason for the resistance? Encumbrance or interference with movement or comfort? Those in uniform in the full-war fury and furnace of the Middle East manage in cases when they're almost outfitted like "transformers".
As Jared points out, the domestic police are being provided and welcoming (even tanks!!) heavy weaponry "past expiration date" for military usage.
Such will provide protection, deterrence. The proportion of device to demographic (other than a Watts-size venue) is a bit much -- but if rocket launchers and a fighter plane for this or that borough were offered, the materiel would sure be welcomed even by whoever is the sherriff of Maybury now. (or was it Mayberry?)
So why not simple cameras to document what happens in confrontations??
Yet there may be valid reasons for the police resistance.
If so, they should be made known, passed on, proliferated, and incorporated into the necessary media examination and even expose' of such an important issue. For out of control (or context) incidents are resulting in out-of-control nationwide reactions including almost an exponential detrimental of the folk most victimized making their whole communities the victims of their outrage (and looting and burning and other "protests"). Gotta be stopped.
Non-lethal "shoot-to-still" preemption might work. CAMERAS ON COPS MIGHT WORK.
Have I read recently that cameras are being (or have been) installed which record surgeries . . . . . .
Wonder what the reaction of a cop whose kid's going to have a life[-threatening operation would be if "surgeons against surveillance cameras" organized?