So far this year, 594 people have been shot and killed by American police

This blog post is to discuss a recent article in the Washington Post newspaper. The internet link for the article is here.

I lived in the United States for many years. I went through high school there. After graduation I served in the American army during the Viet Nam war. I still have family living in the States. A brother and sister, nieces and nephews, along with my mother. Yet there are many reasons I refuse to go to the U.S. ever again. They have FEMA camps setup “to protect people” But if they are supposed to be places to protect those who are put inside them then why are the machine guns in the towers pointing inward towards the “protected” people? Why is the barb wire at the top of the double fencing lean inward to keep them inside instead of leaning outward to keep the “bad people” out?

The police forces all across America are getting more and more military style training, more “surplus” military equipment is being transferred to local police detachments, and every year more people are being shot and killed by local police, police who are being investigated and even charged under the criminal code by one police force are still actively serving on the streets in cruisers and carrying guns in other police departments while up on criminal charges! Watch the video here below to see a few examples of how some police have been caught behaving.

Police departments in the United States are under increased scrutiny for violent, often fatal interactions with suspects. So far this year, 594 people have been shot and killed by American police, according to The Washington Post’s Fatal Force database. Last year, American police shot and killed 963 people.

Here is yet another reason to immigrate to Canada and stay out of the United States.

A cop stopped a car for speeding — then pointed a gun at a passenger for more than 9 minutes

The Washington Post     by Amy B Wang

(note that you have to log in to Facebook to see the video at https://www.facebook.com/LOLO.FEO.TRIPLEXHOGGS/videos/vb.100000096340755/1577636055582924/?type=2&theater )

This video taken during a traffic stop in California is drawing debate over the officer’s decision to keep his gun pointed at the passenger for more than nine minutes.

The stop took place last Wednesday morning along U.S. Route 101, south of San Jose, after an officer noticed a car pass him going 85 mph, according to the Campbell Police Department.

After stopping the car for speeding, the officer requested the driver’s license and additional paperwork. The driver and passenger spent several minutes looking for the paperwork before the officer walked back to his motorcycle to write a citation, police said.

It was at that point their stories diverged. According to police, the passenger began reaching “under his seat.”

“It is not clear why the passenger chose to reach under the seat since the officer was not requesting any other paperwork,” Campbell police said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the passenger’s unexpected movement towards the bottom of the seat, caused the officer to perceive a threat and draw his handgun.”

However, a man sitting in the vehicle’s passenger seat — the target of the officer’s gun — maintained throughout the incident that he had simply been reaching for some papers on the floor to try to find the vehicle’s license and registration, as requested.

A video that apparently was recorded by a woman in the car begins as the male passenger is expressing incredulity that the officer has pulled a gun.

“Wow,” the passenger says in the video, laughing. “We’re looking for the f—ing paperwork, bro. Oh my God.”

“I understand that,” the officer replies. “Don’t move, all right?”

The passenger sounds indignant as his hands remain on his lap. “Why are you still pointing that gun at me, bro?” he asks the officer. “Why are you still pointing the gun at me, though? Record this sh-t. Why are you still pointing the gun at me, bro? My hands are right here.”

“I understand,” the officer says.

“No, you don’t understand,” the passenger protests, as the officer tells him to relax. “No, I’m not going to relax. Get the f—king gun off me.”

A woman in the car asks the officer: “Is that really necessary? His hands are both out.”

The officer says that it is necessary as he waits for backup to arrive, eliciting another round of protests from the vehicle’s passengers. For several more minutes, they remain at an impasse, with the passenger muttering periodic complaints as music plays in the background. The entire time, the officer’s gun is trained on the man.

Toward the end, the officer relays something through the radio and the passenger begins protesting again. At one point in the video, the officer mentions that there had been a screwdriver on the floor of the car.

“Why are you trying to make this bigger than it is, bro?” the passenger says. “We complied with everything you asked for.”

The video lasts a little more than nine minutes total, and the officer’s gun is pointed at the male passenger the entire time. Police said in a statement the officer had to wait longer than usual for backup to arrive “and provide assistance in safely resolving the situation.”

“We understand that it is never a comfortable position to have a gun pointed at you, regardless of whether it is a police officer,” police said. “Unfortunately, the length of time that the officer’s gun was drawn lasted much longer than normal based on his location.”

Police said the traffic stop was resolved amicably. The police can say anything they want but does that make it true? Pretty much everyone lies to side public sympathy to their point of view. Just look at politicians.

“In the end, the officer had a conversation with the passenger of the vehicle explaining his actions and why the gun was pointed at him,” police said. “The passenger indicated he understood why it happened and actually apologized to the officer. Both the driver and the passenger were issued citations and were allowed to leave.”

However, the video was uploaded to Facebook last Saturday with a caption that suggested there may not have been as much understanding as police thought. (Note: The video contains profanity.)

“CAMPBELL COP IS A B—-!!!!!!!!!!” wrote a Facebook user named “Feo Mas” who identified himself as the passenger in the video. “(He) pulled out a gun cuz I reached for paperwork he asked for.”

A week later, the video had amassed nearly 2 million views on Facebook, as well as tens of thousands more on YouTube. Online, a debate raged: Several people defended the police officer and said they felt the passenger should have remained quiet, while others were outraged at how long the officer had trained his gun on the passenger despite the man’s hands being visible at all times.

American Police departments are under increased scrutiny for violent, often fatal interactions with suspects. So far this year, 594 people have been shot and killed by American police, according to The Washington Post’s Fatal Force database. Last year, police in the United States shot and killed 963 people.

The Facebook user who posted the video did not respond to an interview request sent by Facebook Sunday.

The Campbell Police Department said in a statement it was aware of the video circulating online, as well as the thousands of comments surrounding it. Police also cited an officer-involved shooting that had taken place in nearby Los Banos, Calif., as an example of the “unfortunate reality” that people sometimes attack police.

“As an agency, we can understand the response to the Facebook video, and that is why we have and will continue engaging our community,” police said. “The comments on the Facebook video bring up a lot of different viewpoints about how the officer could have responded differently or used different tactics. Our officers receive a tremendous amount of training on a consistent basis and that training is what dictates our response. This is intended to protect our officers as well as those they come in contact with.”

Police said they had reviewed footage from the officer’s body cam, which included the beginning and end of the incident not shown in the Facebook video. However the police department did not release any footage from the officer’s camera and did not immediately respond to an email Sunday. My question is this. If the officers body cam showed something different or showed a reason why he felt necessary to hold his gun on the passenger of the car then why not release that video. I can only conclude that the video from the body cam would back up what was said by the passenger in that there was no proper reason for him to be threatened by the police officer. That the pointing of the gun and the threatening by the officer were purely for the satisfaction of the officer so that he would feel power and authority to use deadly force if he so decided.

“We are thankful that this incident resolved itself with no one getting injured and hope that this additional information provides clarification,” police said.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed to this report.

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Like I said there are reasons I stay out of the United States and will not even travel there to visit my 94 year old mother who lives in Florida. If anyone wants to live in North America I say to each and everyone come to Canada to live and grow and have a gentle family life. The United States is no longer the home of the free if it ever was. That is my opinion anyway….

Gordon Davis

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