So despite apparently living in Ghettoville, USA, I've pretty much been able to avoid getting caught up in this big case about a cop shooting a kid at the local train station. (BART, for you bay-area people) If you haven't heard about it, consider yourself lucky. Long story short: Some kid that's being held down by a cops after being arrested is shot in the back by a cop who 'thought he had his taser out'. It's all over the news. This is actually why I don't watch TV all that much. There's never anything good on anymore. Or maybe I'm just watching the wrong stations at the wrong times. The last time I remember 'quality' TV was back when I was a kid watching cartoons on Saturday morning.
Anyway, I pretty much didn't want to hear shit about this story because frankly, I couldn't care less. But today some morons were marching down the street near where I worked, protesting the verdict of the case (In which the cop got off with 3 or 4 years in prison.), enticing people to honk their horns in anger.
I never understood this. When did honking a horn mean something to anyone other than to signal someone that they were being a complete douchebag. Oh wait, I think I'm seeing the connection here...
As far as my personal opinion of the matter, the whole mess is a tragedy, but not because of the reason being toted all over the news and the streets. The real tragedy here is that no one really cares that a kid died. Not really. They only see it as an "Ah-ha! Told you so!" moment and are using this kid's death as a springboard for their own personal agendas. That's the part that pisses me off. I mean, if it weren't for the fact that none of them would admit it, all these protesters are probably secretly HAPPY that a black kid got shot by a white police officer just so they can validate their own stupid prejudice. And on top of all this, this little crusade of theirs isn't even productive. What good is claiming that the whole police department is racist going to do? You want them to just all quit and let the city go to hell, cause in that case you might want to invest in a bullet proof vest, cause there's going to be a lot more shootings without the police around. I swear, people need to grow the fuck up and stop trying to play the race card every chance they fucking get.
And for the cop? Maybe he's racist. Maybe he's a moron. Maybe he's a racist moron. In any case, he's probably not fit to be an officer. It's just too bad that it took some kid dying to notice that he probably wasn't prime police material. But you know, since people love to blame things, let's take a look at the core issue here:
So, his defense was that he was too dumb to tell the difference between a taser and a gun. Alright, I'll bite just for the sake of argument here. Maybe he did, but instead of bashing on his lack of training, how about we simply don't make tasers that look like fucking guns? Who's bright idea was this? I mean, with how lazy people are, I'm surprised TV remotes don't come with a pistol grip and a trigger. A taser is not meant for life-threatening situations, so there's really no need for it to be designed for 'quick-draw' purposes. This doesn't sound overly complex to me. Then, when a moron shoots a kid, you won't have to worry about the excuse of, "I thought it was a taser" because the two wouldn't be in the same category. It'd be like cop going to the emergency room with a pair of handcuffs stuck in his throat saying, "I thought it was a donut." If you can make that mistake, you probably deserve to choke to death.
Not that I'm bashing on cops here. I mean, I have a lot of respect for law enforcement, I just think that there's morons wherever you go, regardless of occupation, and stupidity should not be an excuse for murder. I'll be the first to say that I WON'T be outside city hall picketing this verdict because I frankly don't care about it either way. I'll just be happy when people shut up with abusing this kid's death so they can go on a rampage against the government AGAIN. For once, I'd just like to see a protest that's validated. But people have their heads so far up their asses that the only thing they get pissed about is when something intrudes on their little bubble world. People die from firearms every day, and it's all because people refuse to look past their own colons.