2017-09-10 13:10:33 UTC
Michael Bennet Bust: Forget Racism, What About Polite Police?
September 8, 2017
“An American football star has accused police in Las Vegas of racially
profiling him after a video emerged of him being pinned to the ground and
handcuffed,” standard.co.uk reports (video below.) “Michael Bennett, a
Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman who has won the Super Bowl, said he was
arrested after fleeing a nightclub with several hundred other members of the
public following what people thought were gunshots.” In a statement posted
on Twitter . . .
Bennett wrote that he feared he would die, saying: “As I laid on the ground,
complying with his commands not to move, (the officer) placed his gun near
my head and warned me that if I moved he would ‘blow my f***** head off’.”
The video released by the LVPD shows Mr. Bennett being cuffed, and his
claims of racism have been disputed. The threat was issued before the video
begins — theoretically.
Meanwhile, the allegation brings to mind the quote — famously uttered by
General James Mattis — “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill
everybody you meet.”
I reckon (armed) police officers should be unfailingly polite, even as they
threaten the use of force, or apply it. Anything less invites escalation.
Alternatively, bad guys need street talk to pay attention.
We report, you deride.