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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The McKinney Case: Is Police Action Against Blacks Automatically Racist?

As many people will now know, a seven-minute-long video of a Texan police officer taking physical action against a black girl has gone viral.

Cpl Eric Casebolt (aged 41) has stepped down (“of his own will”) after ten years of service. (He's now on on “administrative leave”.) Who knows, he probably knew that he'd be severely reprimanded for this mainly due to demands and pressure from the black community and white activists.

Whatever the case is, politicos will milk this event dry. They'll use it to “radicalise” and to politicise black youth. They'll also feast on black victimhood and also, no doubt, further their own political careers and agendas by doing so. Yes, almost within milliseconds of the video going viral, 800 people (like political scavengers) marched in the place where the event took place.

In addition, “civil rights leaders” (what does that actually mean?) in McKinney have said that they want an investigation to be carried out by the US Justice Department. A Dajerria Becton then said (on Texan KDFW): "Him getting fired isn't enough." So should the police officer be hung, drawn and quartered too?

The video itself seems to have been almost tailor-made to portray the police officer in a bad light. All the proceeding actions are missed out. As I said, the video begins with the physical actions of the police officer concerned. Yet before that a number of uninvited people had arrived at the swimming pool and refused to leave. The police were called. A fight broke out. And then more calls were made to police. So, to cut the story short, there was violence before the police arrived.

None of this appears on the video that's been spread around YouTube and the Internet generally.

Indeed some local residents have made the same point I've made: that the lead-up to the police actions aren't on the video. Thus some residents have defended the police officer concerned.

All About Race?

Interestingly enough, one BBC news piece I read went out of its way to emphasise the skin colour of both the policeman and the people at the party. (It did so in the first line.) The BBC seems to have decided (very quickly) that the actions were racial in nature even though nothing in the video suggests that this was the case.

There's a very simple point to make here.

Is it the case that every time a white police officer takes physical action against a black person (or even shoots him) that he does so simply because that person is black?

It doesn't follow that because the victim or criminal is black, that he/she was singled out because she/he was black.

Take Baltimore, where the police force is 43% black. When a white police officer (or even a black one) takes action against a black person (or shoots him), does he automatically do so because that person is black?

Now take the scenario of the party-goers all being white and the police officer being black. Would people have automatically reached racial conclusions in this case? Yet the ironic thing here is that, according to statistics, black violence action against whites is far more likely to be racial in nature than white violence action against blacks. Yet, in these cases, many people go out of their way not to interpret such violence in racial terms.

Having said all that, Cpl Eric Casebolt's actions did indeed seem to be over-the- top. Though, again, that's partly to do with his actions being taken out of context. The video itself places his actions out of context.

So, yes, the police officer concerned might have overreacted and used excessive force. He may need to be reprimanded by his superiors. Still, in situations like this, such actions are bound to happen. They go with the pressure of the job.

The fact is that this is such a tiny story anyway. It's been blown up out of all proportions for mainly political reasons.


*) This piece can be read at American Thinker as 'More on the McKinney Case'.


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