Late last week, an unarmed African American male was shot in the back by a Chicago cop and died. Those are the only facts necessary to get some people all agitated again with the police. The rest of the facts seem inconvenient.
The problem is, he stole a car. The police spotted him and directed him to stop. He didn’t. Up ahead they blocked the street with their police cars. He still didn’t stop. He rammed their cars and continued. Soon he crashed his car and got out. When ordered to stop again, he ignored the police and ran from them. One of the officers shot him and he later died.
Yes, there was some confusion among the police officers, but the suspect created all of it. The thief was a criminal who refused to follow police orders and he is 100% responsible for what happened. That is true whether he was black or white.
Most thugs don’t watch the news, but if you know a criminal, please pass this on to them. If you commit a crime, you are increasing your risk of physical harm. If a cop tells you to stop, stop. If you choose to run, what happens next is your fault, not the police. We need to stop blaming the police when they protect us from criminals who make stupid decisions.
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I’m Bill Lamb, and that’s my Point of View.