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The one time the police didn't do anything wrong

The one time the police didn't do anything wrong
By Byron Crawford • Issue #410 • View online
This week’s mass shooting in Uvalde, TX, was so horrific that it’s hard to even think about, let alone discuss.
I think the thing that bothered me most was people complaining that the police didn’t intervene right away.
As if this wasn’t already a difficult week for me.
People are upset that the police waited for up to an hour before entering the building, allowing the shooter to kill more people than he would have if they hadn’t waited. Did it ever occur to them that maybe they had a reason for waiting?
Having been raised in the streets, I don’t fuck with 12, and part of not fucking with 12 is not being aware of their various policies. I know that sometimes they don’t seem to make sense, but there might actually be a method to their madness.
For example, people sometimes wonder why they can’t just shoot unarmed black men in the leg, rather than in the chest, but apparently that’s because they’re trained to aim for center mass.
If they were to aim for the legs, they could miss and accidentally hit a dog. Which would arguably be worse than shooting a human being, because, as George Carlin once pointed out, dogs are good people.
Similarly, it may not have made sense to rush right in and “neutralize” the shooter, rather than waiting until he was done and either summarily executing him or taking him to Burger King for a Whopper, depending on whether or not he was white.
The police are allowed to drive faster than regular people, regardless of whether or not there’s an emergency, but they can only get there but so quickly. There’s a Public Enemy song about this on the increasingly prescient Fear of a Black Planet.
Realistically, there was no way that at least a few kids weren’t gonna get killed. That’s just part of being in elementary school. Fortunately, most of the rest of the kids were able to get underneath a desk or whatever, and that’s why the shooter only took out about a classroom’s worth.
The rest of the kids deserve praise, and perhaps a pizza party in which you only get one slice, for avoiding getting shot. However, I’m concerned that the shooter was able to walk right into the building, through a door that wasn’t locked.
If the door had been locked, people wouldn’t be threatening to defund the police, so it might be necessary for someone to be arrested. Their thoughtlessness could cost people their livelihoods.
Also, I’d argue that Morgan Freeman’s character in the movie Lean on Me is owed an apology for having invented locking the doors to school buildings during the day, decades before it was culturally appropriated by white people.
It’s a testament to the sheer magnanimity of the police that they aren’t demanding their own apology. Not only should they not have been expected to put their lives at risk, they shouldn’t have had to be there anyway.
In a sense, they’re the real victims here.
Certainly, people shouldn’t be threatening to take away their funding just because they didn’t do anything. That doesn’t even make sense!
If people don’t think the police serve any purpose, then why did they call the police in the first place?
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the defense rests.

 

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