Some of my thoughts about this incident as someone living outside of the US. A bit jumbled and disorganized, but here goes.
Given what we know right now, I think it looks really bad for the officers. However, from past instances like this, the officers more or less got away with it. I don't know too much about the American judicial system, but it doesn't seem like there's a very good track record for things like this. A lot of people are also talking about how police officers never speak badly about other police officers in cases like this
. Seems to me this kind of thing always drives to a "us vs them" mentality which isn't good for anyone involved since it just takes people even further away from a solution. Just makes me think even more that the kind of anti-police mentality among minorities (especially black people) is a symptom of the problem at hand. People shouldn't be afraid of the police or hate the police, but as it is now, I don't think it's fair to blame the people who do.
idk people usually forget about things like this in a few months and when the public pressure is off the issue nothing tends to get done about it. Hopefully it doesn't happen this time, but as usual I'm not really expecting much other than empty rhetoric.
If anyone isn't aware yet there's also been a second incident in Minnesota that's arguably worse. A man named Philando Castile was fatally shot when he was reaching for his driver's license. Everything just seems like there needs to be some change in the police system and training.
It's unavoidable that the police will sometimes have to use lethal force, but I really don't think these people, and countless others, needed to die. I'm usually not a fan of governments or any organizations taking knee-jerk reactions, but this kind of thing happens way too often. It just seems like to me there's too many police officers that use lethal force too easily.
I don't really have any idea for solutions to things like this. Whether it's better police training or some change in the culture against racial profiling or something else. As it is now all I can say is that something needs to get done.
Ok now there were police officers shot during a protest in Dallas. Looked like things were going pretty peacefully before then. I was a little afraid something like this might happen. Hopefully this won't turn into another Ferguson type of situation. I understand the anger and frustration but I really don't think that kind of thing will yield any positive results. I really think that police brutality and actions like the shooting in Dallas are really the symptom of the greater problem, which is I think the divide between the people and the law enforcement, which I think could be argued to be another symptom of division between race/class/whatever. I don't even know what to think at this point about the whole thing, because it's really hard to think that this kind of thing will get any better as long as the division between people of different races/classes keeps increasing.
I don't even know if this is a problem exclusive to the US, given how there's an increasing presence in Europe and globally about immigration and things like that. Maybe everything is just a symptom of destabilizing global economy and people want to have something to blame about their misfortunes and then you get things like ISIS and Brexit and Donald Trump.
I just feel really upset when things like this happen because it's only going to serve to divide everyone apart and put groups of people against each other even more than it already is. I don't know I'm being a bit rambly because things are just not looking good right now.
I generally try to avoid talking politics/social issues/etc on the internet because it always feels like a useless argument but I just need to say something because things are just not looking good right now. I'm probably wrong about a lot of these things but I'm just really upset about the whole thing right now and I needed to vent somewhere.