Here I was – sounding off about how Michael Brown was unarmed and the only crime the police officer knew about was jaywalking – and then he shot him dead – emptied his gun into him.

A police officer explained to me that I was couch quarterbacking something I knew nothing about.

When a police officer, or anybody else is trained to use a gun for self-defense, the training includes -- don’t start shooting unless you feel threatened, but if you do feel threatened, – if you start shooting -- you keep shooting until the gun is empty.

This makes sense. In a stressful situation, simple instructions are the easiest to follow.

I get it. Almost every day, a white police officer kills an African-American male. I get it. About 30% of African-American males are convicted felons. I get it – drugs should be legal. I get it, prisons should not be run for profit. I get it – there is tons wrong with our legal system.

But, being a police officer in a country where guns are easy to get is a dangerous job. The purpose of guns is to kill. Mistakes in judgement happen.

I’m a white female. I was trained as a child – if the police ask you to do something – even something unreasonable – you do it – unless it is something illegal or something that could get you in more trouble later – for example, if a police officer asks you to pick up something that isn’t yours – don’t do it – don’t get your fingerprints on possible evidence. Expect that the officer may hit you, but that’s better than doing jail time.

Apparently Michael Brown was not trained this way. Jaywalking is not a lethal offense. Disobeying a legal request of a police officer is a lethal offense, especially if you are an African American male.

I’d like to start by making guns harder to get. I’d like to start by making sure that everybody gets trained the way I was trained – do what the police say, unless it is illegal.

Vote. Make sure that the police force in your city or town has representatives from all the races, ethnic groups, and economic groups. Ferguson has an all white police force, and an all white government. But the city is 64% African-American.

And make sure that everybody knows – police are trained to empty their guns if they start shooting. Don’t give them an excuse to start.

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Comment by JMac1949 Memories on November 29, 2014 at 4:32pm

"...Disobeying a legal request of a police officer is a lethal offense, especially if you are an African American male..." Or if you're an Hispanic male, or Black or Hispanic female... a few years ago the LAPD blew away a 70 year old African American woman in broad daylight for "brandishing a screwdriver"... about the same time the San Bernadino Police blew away an unarmed African American girl who was asleep in the back seat of her own car... both shootings were ruled as justified... it ain't just places like Cleveland,Ohio,   Missouri and Texas where unarmed people can be killed by police in "justified" shootings.  R&R ;-(

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 29, 2014 at 6:36pm

thanks for this   

Comment by Arthur James on November 30, 2014 at 5:19am
`
IT A HARD CALL...
I USE TO VISIT THE
COMPLEXES OF WASHington
County Prisons. AS A VET
WHO WAS PAID BY THE VAMC
TO DO VETERAN ADVOCACY.
`
DARK STUFF... MYSTERY...
ONE INMATE FLASHBACKS TO
A VIETNAM SAD LIFE/DEATH
EXPERIENCE. A VET ALMOST
BLUDGEONED TO DEATH WITH
A BASEBALL BAT A HUMAN
WHO THREATENED HIM IN
INNER CITY ` BALTIMORE.
`
PTSD ... I'd SAY...
IN WAR A FIREBASE WAS
OVERRUN BY "ZAPPERS"
ZAPPERS CRAWL INTO A
FIREBASE WITH SACHEL
CHARGES - HAND TO
HAND COMBAT HAPPENS
AFTER ` M-16 AMMO
IS DEPLETED. THE
GI USES A RIFLE
TO BATTER OFF
AND PULVERIZE.
DEAD OR ALIVE!
`
THE INMATE WAS
HONESTLY SHOCKED!
HE FELT THREATENED!
HIS BODY/PSYCHE!
`
HE THOUGHT HE WAS
BACK FIGHTING FOR
HIS VERY-LIFE IN
THE INNER CITIES
STREET BATTLES...
`
THERE'S OTHER
STORIES. I LISTEN
AS IF A TEACHER
TELLS ME THEIR
LIFE STORIES
JUST BEFORE
THEY DIE...
`
LISTEN...
CAREFULLY.
LOOK SO
DEEPLY...
CARE.
Comment by Lois Wickstrom on November 30, 2014 at 6:13am

Keiko, I think we have to fight illegal requests likes showing ID in the courts and at the ballot boxes.  Not in direct confrontation with a frightened police officer who is holding a gun. We have to live in order to fight this fight.

Arthur, you did an important service to these vets. We all need to tell our stories to willing ears. Thank you.

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