I swear, it’s no wonder why so many young, uneducated people find themselves in conflict situations with the police. It’s because nobody is teaching them how to act right, or at least how to act within the law. But don’t tell them that, ‘cuz they think they know everything. I’m specifically talking about all these posts I’ve seen on Twitter, in regards to the girl that was shot and killed by a Columbus OH police officer as she was attempting to stab two other black girls.
Some of the reasons why people have determined that she was right or acting within her rights: The biggest one that people are using right now is “She’s the one that called the police!” These people truly think that if one person initially calls the police and reports that they are being assaulted, that they can then brandish a knife and aggressively attack people, even in front of the police who are telling you to get down on the ground.
The other problem with that is that police haven’t even released the name of the 911 caller. It was someone in her family who made that claim, and those are the same people who told media that she didn’t have a knife, that she did had a knife but she dropped it before police arrived, with one family member – in the body camera video – saying that they didn’t know why they’d shoot her when she wasn’t doing anything. The video shows her inches away from stabbing one girl in the mouth, but they were still saying that she didn’t do anything. So, if it turns out it was the knife attack victims that called the police to report that someone was attacking them with a knife, will that cause people to change their opinion?
Almost nobody waited for facts. Each media outlet had a slightly different story. And everyone who was commenting had already made up their minds, based on whatever rumors they had heard. So when the facts come out, and they see that this girl was viciously attacking two other girls with a knife… because they had already planted their flag in defense of that girl, they’d rather continue to find new excuses that allowed them to defend their position – despite of all the new evidence in front of them. Stubbornness. It’s fucking dumb.
The next thing that’s gonna cause a lot of people to end up in confrontation with cops, it’s the misunderstanding of what “self-defense” or “stand your ground” means. Again, based only on rumor, people are saying that the two other girls were there to attack or “jump” the girl with the knife. And because of that “fact” she had every right to get a knife, chase them down, and attempt to stab them… again, right in front of the cops. “She was just defending herself!” they cry. But, of course, even if what they believe is true – neither of those girls was an active threat when the police showed up, and you obviously aren’t allowed to chase someone down and brutally stab them at that point.
Similar to that last one, it’s the idea that she was just following the stand your ground law, which most people only think of when it comes to gun violence. It’s a new stipulation of Ohio law that says if someone is presenting as a lethal threat to you, you no longer have to try to run away if you’re able to defend yourself with a weapon. But you are not “standing your ground” when there is no immediate threat, yet you decide to grab a knife and try to start stabbing people… again again, in front of the cops. People need to understand that there is a point when something stops being an immediate threat to them, and that they no longer are in the right if they use lethal force.
And one more big problem that I see in all of this, is how grown ass adults are teaching kids that cops shouldn’t be allowed to respond with lethal force when they see someone actively trying to stab someone. But this goes for any serious crime in general. Kids are watching, and if they see that adults are acting like the cop did something horribly wrong, they’re gonna grow up with the belief that they should be able to get away with serious crimes like that, because the police have no right to react in whatever way they choose to react to stop the threat.
What kind of service are you doing for today’s youth by holding protests with hundreds of people, everyone holding up the name of the girl that was just trying to stab and possibly kill two other black girls earlier that day? The cop saved their lives, protected them from an attacker, just as any of those people would want them to do if it was them or their kid about to be stabbed. But no, that’s not what the kids see. Plus, imagine how those two other black girls feel, with BLM and other protesters being outraged that the police stopped someone that was going to injure or kill them. They’ve got to feel like their community, their people, have just turned their backs on them. It doesn’t matter that their lives were saved… it’s gotta make them feel betrayed and worthless.
Thankfully the majority of people still have common sense, and Twitter just happens to be the best place for people to go to display their ignorance in full effect. So it seems like the majority there, but thankfully it’s not the majority of people in any given town or city. But c’mon, people… you need to teach your kids, at least when it comes to serious crimes like this, that wrong is wrong – and if you show your ass in front of cops like that, make sure they know what’s gonna happen. I swear, people are posting that they are actually surprised that a cop would shoot someone that was acting as a lethal threat to another black girl. They think cops can only defend themselves and have no right to stop a potential murder that way. So teach your damn kids… the ignorance out here is fucking ridiculous.
Oh good grief… now someone is posting about how “Holding a knife isn’t illegal.” They will seriously twist and bend their belief about something so far to defend this girl’s attempted stabbing of someone. They know she wasn’t just “holding” a knife… the video clearly shows her raising it and swinging it towards that girl’s neck. But they gotta pop up here talking about how “holding a knife isn’t illegal.” Okay, Skippy… let’s say that’s true. Is what you are seeing in this video simply a person holding a knife? Answer: Of course not. But that’s not gonna stop stupid from being stupid.