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Protesters, Keep Cool Heads Until Facts Are Known

Thursday, 14 July 2016 04:41 PM Current | Bio | Archive

“Appeal for calm.” “Let’s come together.” “Time to heal.” “We need to become partners.” “We stand united.”

Lost on these folks is that such words have become so commonplace that they’ve lost all meaning. The result is utter desensitization as people tune out.

Based on recent confrontations in Baton Rouge and suburban St. Paul, both involving non-black officers fatally shooting black men, many protestors are taking a stand against “institutional” police brutality and “racial injustices.” Others seem to have no idea what they’re protesting, given their unintelligible answers to interview questions. Fine.

Protesting is their right. However, they do their cause a great disservice by jumping the gun before facts are revealed.

Clearly, the lessons from Ferguson have not yet been learned.

In both situations, police gave orders that were ignored. Fearing for their safety, officers fired on the suspects.

That’s all we really know. And no, phone videos, without the benefit of other undisclosed information, does not make the police murderers, nor the suspects innocent. Conversely, the officers cannot be automatically exonerated, nor the suspects assumed guilty.

That’s why there are investigations.

And that should have been the story line from the beginning. Nothing about race unless it was determined to be warranted. Just as those who “guaranteed” Ferguson was all about race were proven wrong, this may be the case here.

But, as we know, protests began immediately, often becoming violent, playing out before a national audience. And calls for the officers to be charged as a way of bringing “justice” for the deceased further enflamed tensions.

Here’s a newsflash to protestors: shutting down city streets during rush hour, and blocking interstates for hours, is extremely counterproductive, as it infuriates those whom you are attempting to influence, and hurts your cause.

Even more foolish, and criminal, is the violence. Dropping bricks on officers’ heads, looting neighborhoods, and hurling Molotov cocktails at the same police who were attempting to protect protestors, is unacceptable.

And what’s with the self-righteous tactic where wannabe tough guys, filled with bravado when the cameras are rolling, literally get within an inch of a cop’s face, screaming racially-laced epithets at the officer?

Ironically, when police respond with appropriate force to protect neighborhoods and its citizens, they are roundly criticized for over-reacting and further amping up tensions.


You taunt law enforcement by painting them as racists, threaten them by invading their personal space, and engage them violently — yet expect them to lay down their shields and weapons because you feel “offended” by that action?

It would do today’s protesters well to study Martin Luther King, Jr. He was unyieldingly nonviolent, when it seemed impossible not to be. Yet he persevered, and accomplished more in a just a few years than today’s leaders could hope to achieve in several lifetimes.

Black lives matter. But until the leaders of that movement realize that all lives matter, that prejudice isn’t any race’s exclusive domain, and that they need other races to join them — a la the civil rights movement — they will be forever marginalized, viewed as agitating radicals.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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Lost on these folks is that such words have become so commonplace that they’ve lost all meaning. The result is utter desensitization as people tune out.
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Thursday, 14 July 2016 04:41 PM
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