After a controversial police shooting everyone has their narrative about it. Most of the time it revolves around the idea that our police are too violent, that they are attacking blacks, or some progressive talking point. The most interesting narratives to me are the ones that come from the right. Especially, after the Daniel Shaver incident.
Philip Brailsford shot and killed 26-year-old Daniel Shaver in the hallway of a hotel in early 2016.
Bodycam footage of the incident, released after the verdict, showed Mr Shaver on his knees asking officers not to shoot him just before he was killed.
Mr Brailsford was acquitted of murder and a lesser manslaughter charge.
Mr Shaver was shot five times with a semi-automatic rifle as he crawled towards the officers, sobbing.
Prosecutors argued that the officer had responded appropriately, according to his training, when Mr Shaver reached towards his waistband – because he believed there was a concealed firearm there.
The typical right wing prospective is to defend the cop in this situation. This is probably due to the right’s infatuation with authority. Of course not all of the right feels like this, but there is something about the right-wing personality that creates this feeling.
The sad truth of this story is that police are trained to handle interactions with criminals all in the same way. As an interaction with a black male, because most of their interactions are going to be just that. Due to the high chance of a violent encounter with black men, all interactions are treated as a high risk encounter.
This is the end result of diversity though. You cannot even trust the public services meant to protect you. Even if the person is the same race as you. They have to treat the situation as they would the lowest common denominator. Meaning a white male is treated as if he has a gun in his waist band giving a jury reason to acquit.
You can point to the cop and say he was an asshole. You can say that it looked like Shaver was reaching for a gun. You can say that he was drunk. But you cannot say that policing in the US is not impacted by the desperate impact of the diversity from youths and Hispanics.
Diversity has crushed the rapport law enforcement could have with civilians. Without a connection to the people being policed, officers have to rely on cooperatized training measures ensuring the ruthlessness we see in the video.
In order to end this type of police violence, we must end diversity. True ‘freedom’ is a cohesive community that shares morality and culture.