As news came out all day Tuesday detailing the hideous legal record and pattern of threatening and illegal behavior by Charlotte felon Keith Scott, still the claims rolled in that he was targeted by the (black) officer that shot him, simply because he was a black man.
The truth has been told, retold, documented and cemented. I will repeat it plainly. Scott was observed rolling a marijuana blunt, which is illegal. He was spotted with a handgun, which is also highly illegal in the presence of the marijuana. Before any knowledge of Scott’s felonious background was known, he was already visibly breaking two laws, and refusing to follow the lawful orders of lawmen to drop his gun. So that is three crimes he is committing right in front of numerous officers.
Had Scott dropped his gun when told, he would likely be alive and well and safely behind bars for the next 10 years. He did not do that.
He chose to defy lawmen, and he reaped the total benefit. Sucks to be him.
How often do these things happen? Let’s start with the last five years, 2011-2015.
Total civilian deaths at the hands of American police: 2,217.
Total number of cases either legitimately protested, questioned or charged as “illegal” by law enforcement: Estimated at roughly 10 percent of total, or approximately 223.
Estimated number of total interactions between police and civilians 2011-2015: 17,500,000.
Approximate occurrence of a citizen’s “contested” death at the hands of a police officer during an interaction, 2011-2015: Roughly 1 in 80,000.
Lesson here folks: If you obey the legal orders of a police officer, there is such little chance you are going to be killed in the process of interacting with that police officer that Las Vegas won’t even offer odds that high.
While there are some critics who claim black folks are being specifically targeted for such killings at the hands of police, almost eight years with President Barack Obama’s Justice Department in charge of investigating such urban myths (pun intended) have shown no clear-cut trend, and certainly no evidence to suggest a conspiracy.
So just behave yourdamnself, especially if the cops catch you breaking the law, and it is the safest of safe bets that you will live to call Johnnie Cochran (or his appointed local successor) personally to get you off the hook in court.
Push back against the legal authority of the government to take suspected lawbreakers into custody, you get the answer to life’s greatest mystery before the rest of us do. Much to the chagrin of your survivors.