Hunt wrote: ↑
... my preference isn't open to factual analysis .... many citizens are under the impression....
FEELZ B4 REALZ
A tendentious polemic, from a White Guilt SJW advocate of restorative justice
, comprised mostly of argument by assertion, but also riddled with egregious factual errors and omissions of fact.
Of the former, Hirschfield claims “a prevailing American ideology of individualism and limited government”
is behind police force-use rates, an unfalsifiable and vacuous just-so story.
Hirschfield first claims that “[r]acism helps explain why African Americans and Native Americans are particularly vulnerable to police violence”
(sic), but omits that lawful police use of force
vs. those groups is proportionate to the level of crime commission by those groups. He then admits that racism can’t explain why police shootings are just as high or higher in states “where both perpetrators and victims of deadly force are almost always white….”
As his prime example of “a pattern of unnecessary deadly force used by US police”
, Hirschfield highlights the case of a cop emptying his magazine into Laquan McDonald, claiming this would not happen if only US police first issued warnings. He omits every salient
a few minor details, such as: McDonald was wandering the streets high on PCP, behaving erratically, vandalizing cars, and brandishing a knife at passersby; the cops had been following McDonald for blocks calling for him to drop the knife; they continued to verbally warn him even after he’d slashed the tires of a couple of police cars; McDonald repeatedly brandished the knife at the cops and lunged at them; an instant before being shot, McDonald again lunged at the cops cautiously approaching him.
So, yes, 16 rounds was excessive; 4 would’ve sufficed.
But what really shows Hirschfield has his head lodged deep up his own ass is his gross distortion of the Michael Brown cases:
… the unfounded fear of Darren Wilson – the former Ferguson cop who fatally shot Michael Brown – that Brown was armed would not have likely absolved him in Europe….. Six shots would likely be deemed disproportionate to the threat that Brown, unarmed and wounded, allegedly posed.
Wilson twice issued verbal warnings to Brown, and only fired after the 300 lb. thug charged him, slammed him against the police cruiser, and attempted to take his pistol. Wilson appropriately fired repeatedly until Brown stopped his attack, and 6 rounds seems about right given the situation and Brown’s bulk. The DOJ agreed in its exhaustive investigation of the case.
It's American exceptionalism, the knee jerk tendency to think that what works in American doesn't have to conform to, or be informed by, other standards (because we're so speeecial) that consigns us to a particular type of retardation.
I get it. You and Hirschfield want the US to have a national police force, suitably castrated, like in tiny crime-free countries like Denmark and Finland. But the USA is not anything like Denmark or Finland. Bottom line, the reasons cops kill more perps in the US is because in the US we have more perps to kill. Now, this little self-loathing dickless wonder believes that’s because we weren’t nice enough to unruly black students in school, driving them to a life of crime, so the remedy is to be nice to them after they commit crimes — i.e., “more generous, supportive and therapeutic policies”
. But that’s a discussion for another day.