Why are Cops Shooting Unarmed Men?

Folks, it’s practically an epidemic! Seemingly nary a day passes when the news isn’t reporting on some poor, defenseless man being gunned down by maniac, loose-cannon cops.

Bollocks.

I broke out the British swears for this one.

Let me explain something to those of you that buy into this kind of reporting.

This minute’s “unarmed man” is the next minute’s armed man.

“But, MC,” you say. “How is that possible?”

Here’s how.

Let’s take a look at the first two paragraph of the linked article.

The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.

Ezell Ford, 25, was unarmed when police confronted him Aug. 11 on a street near his home. Officers said they tried to speak with Ford, but ended up in a struggle in which they shot him when he tried to grab an officer’s gun.

The entire column is riddled with words designed specifically to raise issues of race and to piss off the general public.  That is a whole other post in and of itself.  The most important part of the column is the last sentence of the second paragraph.

“…He tried to grab an officer’s gun.”

Let me explain something to you.  If you try and grab my gun, I am going to do my utmost to protect myself.  That very likely includes me trying to kill you.

Does that upset you?  Offend you?

Great.  Don’t try to grab my gun and we can part if not friends, then at least continuing to breath in and out.

I have posted time and again about how powerful words are.  I take great care in the things I say and write.  I don’t always get it right, mind you, but if you see repeated terms or lines of thought, you can bet it was designed on purpose.

Cops are dying in droves these days and I am convinced part of the reason is they are nervous to act in their own defense because they fear what happens next.  Will they be vilified in the court of public opinion?  Will they get death threats?  Will they lose their house?  Their family? Their job?

When you read headlines like the one linked to above or, for that matter, of this post, remember something.  They are designed to get you to click through and read.  They are designed to elicit an emotional response from you.  I chose this title in response to the ridiculousness of the linked column.

Don’t read a headline and jump to conclusions about what is contained within.  Read the whole thing through the filtered lens of common sense. There are hints within that may lead you to a better picture of the story.

He [family’s attorney] refused to comment on Ford’s criminal record, which includes a conviction for illegally possessing a loaded firearm. He also wouldn’t discuss Ford’s mental issues.

Huh.  Weird.  Perhaps the cops were, uh..what’s it called…doing their jobs?

Question: Do you think the media’s use of terms like “unarmed” is responsible journalism designed to report the facts or sensational journalism designed for some other purpose? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic. Snark is encouraged. Being a prat is not.

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13 thoughts on “Why are Cops Shooting Unarmed Men?

  1. “Responsible” journalism hasn’t existed for quite some time, at least in the “professional” journalism realm. But then, neither does “responsible” reading/comprehension, on the public side. Use of words like “unarmed”, are the typical reaction eliciting grabbers the media has come to rely on, and the public has decided convey all the facts of the situation.

  2. For what’s it worth from an outsider, whenever I hear “Police shot an unarmed man” I automatically assume (since details haven’t come out yet) that whomever the cop shot was probably a direct threat. In other words, the guy probably came at the cop, or swung at him, or tried to take his gun. What the mainstream media seems to conveniently forget is if someone’s going for a cop’s gun, they’re not doing it to clean and polish it for him. Like I said, this is just an outsider’s view but my guess is tons more non-police people understand this the way I do.

  3. I was going to shoot an unarmed man and said so in court. He was a drunk MMA champ and was kicking the shit out of five cops. Physical control, chemical, impact ineffective. Carotid, dog and electronic control unavailable. I did say I was pulling the trigger but a cop got in the way. Q: so you were trying to shoot an unarmed man? A: as many times as I could to stop him, yes. Given the same circumstances, I’d do it again.

  4. I was going to shoot an unarmed man and said so in court. He was a drunk MMA champ and was kicking the shit out of five cops. Physical control, chemical, impact ineffective. Carotid, dog and electronic control unavailable. I did say I was pulling the trigger but a cop got in the way. Q: so you were trying to shoot an unarmed man? A: as many times as I could to stop him, yes. Given the same circumstances, I’d do it again.

  5. Hypothetical: dude is choking you out. He’s unarmed. Shoot/don’t shoot? Dude is kicking a civilians head several times across the street from you. Shoot/don’t shoot? Both are unarmed. Hillary said it the best: WHATS THE DIFFERENCE??

  6. Hypothetical: dude is choking you out. He’s unarmed. Shoot/don’t shoot? Dude is kicking a civilians head several times across the street from you. Shoot/don’t shoot? Both are unarmed. Hillary said it the best: WHATS THE DIFFERENCE??

  7. I’ve said it before – police officers have every right to go home to their families, and when they are put in a violent situation, they should have every right to ensure that they do.

    • Same situation happened at the department where my wife works. Crazy person driving a car at deputy, deputy shoots crazy person, deputy (and department) gets sued by crazy person’s family.

  8. First off, police are not ‘dying in droves’. More police are injured or killed due to auto accidents than anything else, a fact that is overlooked whenever this subject comes up.

    Second, no one is forcing you to be a cop. You have a choice. You chose to be a police officer knowing, up front, that the bad guys don’t give up easily and a few of them are prone to be violent. But then you’ve got those laws that clearly state that the criminals are not allowed to own guns, right? Kind of like a restraining order against a violent spouse…

    To validate your point, the news media will barbeque you every chance they get. No, you are not going to get a fair trial in the press, nor are your good deeds ever going to get published the way they should. I’ve watched while the police did absolutely stellar jobs serving the less-fortunate, I’ve thanked them and shook their hand and I’ve even written about it. But the press? ‘Officer Helps Stranded Motorist in Sub-Zero Weather’ will not make a salable headline, and it should.

    My real complaint is that police, individually or as a group, are very slow to condemn police corruption and abusive behavior as perpetrated on the citizens. Whether or not this is true, the perception is to just shrug off any abuse and forget about it. That just isn’t quite right.

  9. I agree with all my colleagues above. However, the reason behind this post is the Traffic Stop where the driver was told to get his drivers license then shot for it. If you are that scared of the job, then don’t apply! There are much worthy candidates for the position who are passed over solely because that same scary individual just happened to grow up with a Silver Spoon in their mouth and their background was SQUEAKY CLEAN. If there IS an eminent threat, then take the necessary action to eliminate the threat. If not, then do good police work and keep it moving…..