Recently, media coverage of police shootings when unarmed black men are involved have been on the rise. With the amount of attention that fatal shootings of unarmed black men receive, you could start to think that is all cops are doing but that is far from the case. There are countless videos of police doing things from changing tires for stranded drivers, or helping a choking baby, and even pulling people from burning cars.
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In this video, a senior police officer named Dan Whitney responded to a 3 a.m. highway accident where an SUV had careened into a large tree and caught on fire. The burning flames had already engulfed the driver but as Whitney approached, he heard a man yelling for help. The severity of the accident bent the frame of the SUV jamming the doors shut and the panicked man was attempting to get free through a small side window.
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Police who responded to the scene after Whitney described the heat coming from the burning wreck "unbearable" even at 50 feet away. Whitney initially tried to extinguish the flames with his portable fire extinguisher but the fire was too powerful and refused to subside. He quickly realized time was running out and ran around the vehicle trying to get the doors open. When he could not open them, he resorted to breaking out the glass. When he returned to the other side of the vehicle, the passenger was still struggling to get through the tiny opening.
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Whitney yells at the man to climb back inside and climb out the bigger portion of the window, but fear, adrenaline, and probably injuries from the crash clouded his rationality and he continued to try to get through the smaller opening. When Whitney realizes there is no way to force the man back in the car and get him out of the bigger window he resorts to trying to pull him through. At one point, the vehicle fire explodes knocking Whitney's body camera and hat off.
Finally, after a long struggle, the Whitney manages to pull the man through the small window. The driver had already perished but Whitney managed to save the life of the passenger. Police credited Whitney's actions with saving the man who would have burned alive moments after the explosion. The backseat where he had been struggling to break free moments before was melted away completely. The job police are asked to do is nearly impossible, and it results in many of them losing their lives far too early. Just this week, two sheriff's deputies were gunned down in cold blood while eating at a restaurant. That is part of the risk they take each day when they put on the uniform. Police even have hits put out on them like in a recent example in New York where a high-ranking MS-13 member called for a police officer to be killed.
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While there are many examples of bad apples becoming police, there are many, many more examples of amazing human beings dedicating themselves to protecting and serving their communities. Just remember, a 2005 ruling from the SCOTUS said police don't have a constitutional duty to protect you, even if you've obtained a court-issued restraining order. While it is true that police do not have a legal duty to put themselves in harm's way to save someone, there are thousands of examples of the brave men and woman of law enforcement putting their lives on the line.
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Blatantly ignoring that the American police force has a fair share of crooks who get off scot free is just as shortsighted as calling every police officer a crook.
I read a Black thug is 21x's more likely to be killed by a Black or Black thug than a White or Police officers.
In 2016 Last year, according to the Washington Post’s tally, just 16 unarmed black men, out of a population of more than 20 million, were killed by the police. The year before (2015), the number was 36.
These figures are close to the number of black men Struck By Lightning each year. About 300 Americans annually and black men are 7 percent of the population. BTW: The WAPO data has been shown to widely define "UNARMED" and includes cases where the shooting was justified because the person was trying to physically kill the officer or fighting for the officers weapon.
PLUS an interesting fact.
More Blacks are killed in Elections years as the Liberals and Liberal Media push False or embellished Racism issues. Incite them to protest, riot, and loot by staging mass Demonstrations and sponsoring Black Radical Groups to edge on the Black community to solidify the Black voting block for them.
Its seem the Liberal-Socialist Party (aka DNC) in seeking Election and Political Power are the instigators of the deaths and Mayhem of Blacks if one looks at the time lines.
This was a well written and considerate article. I was about to share it when I saw your MAGA Twitter handle. You need only read the comments here to know that you are not on the right side of history. There may be good people among the evil ones but we are judged in part on those we walk with.
Richard, it is good to be on the side of American people. I suppose if you are an enemy of America, then you wouldn't want to post on the goldwater, but here you are reading the good news. I hope you will not be effected and remain considerate. I would not want you to turn into a deranged shooter because of the company you keep.