Twhiner n. a person that whines via Twitter. Also see: Chris Kaiser (Ckemtp).
Okay, to be fair, Chris asked me a question quite some time ago and wanted my take on a situation. I was (insert excuse here) and never got around to it…I just wanted to call him a name because it made me laugh. That’s right I made myself laugh. This is not unusual.
At any rate, Chris wanted to know my take on this situation. For those of you who prefer the Reader’s Digest version or simply have short attention spans (look, a rainbow!) the gist is as follows. A local church pastor (you read that correctly) asked a police Sgt. from the Indianapolis Metro PD to come give a talk at a youth symposium. Unbeknownst to the Sgt. (a white guy), the pastor had prearranged an “altercation” between two black males in the audience. The leader wanted to test the Sergeant’s reaction. The Sgt. was injured during the altercation and had drawn his Taser in preparation to shock the involved parties.
So, here’s my take. The pastor should have been arrested and/or sued by the department, city, and the Sgt. Of course, I’m relying solely on what the media and their well known ability to report accurately, but let’s say for the sake of argument they’re close to the truth. This was an inexcusable abuse of power by community leaders in an attempt to bait an officer into acting. I don’t think they were trying to set up a “teachable moment” at all. I think they were trying to catch the Sgt. with his pants down and expose what they assumed would be a racist reaction. You know who that makes racist? The idiots that concocted this bullshit to start with.