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Wednesday, 10 June 2015
The McKinney Case: Is Police Action Against Blacks Automatically Racist?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
of this appears on the video that's been spread around YouTube and
the Internet generally.
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.
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
a very simple point to make here.
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?
doesn't follow that because the victim or criminal is black, that
he/she was singled out because she/he was black.
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
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.
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
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.
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
on the McKinney Case'.