While I am not a “thin blue line” kinda guy, I do feel bad for cops in most municipalities in at least one way. They are in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. If they are aggressively policing black neighborhoods where most violent crime occurs, they are accused of hasslin’ da good black folks. If they don’t show up quickly enough? Well their lack of enthusiasm is also racist.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. It is almost like the black population as a whole is perpetually aggrieved and dissatisfied.
In July at a “block party” in the projects of Baltimore, a few fun loving black yoofs decided to unload their stolen Glocks into a crowd of people. Two people were killed, including an 18 year old woman named Aaliyah Gonzalez, and 28 more were injured. I wrote about the shooting briefly here: Law And Odor
As of last count, five “teens” have been arrested and you will be shocked to find that none of them are White.
A handful of blacks shoot into a crowd of blacks for whatever reason and the fault….is with the cops.
The Baltimore Police Department continues to face significant scrutiny over its lackluster response in the hours leading up to the shooting. A report released last month found that officers and supervisors repeatedly ignored warnings about the crowd swelling to nearly 1,000 people, including some who appeared armed and disorderly, in the courtyard of south Baltimore’s Brooklyn Homes public housing complex.https://archive.vn/yVpUb
Let’s play a little game. If a few patrol cars had shown up and ordered the crowd of almost one thousand people to disperse, would they have done so? More likely they would have laughed in their faces.
If the cops had shown up in force, ordered them to disperse and then started arresting people? The news would talk about the “heavy handed racist police response to fun loving blacks”. Clergy and community activists would have gone on TV to denounce the police for arresting people for “having fun while black”. There would have been invocations of how important “block parties” are to black “culture”.
Or worse, if some of the drunk blacks had started to get violent, the cops are in a worse situation. Either they flee or risk something really bad happening, either to someone they are trying to restrain or if the crowd gets really unruly the cops could get hurt. I get that is part of the job description but the deal is supposed to be that if you put yourself in harm’s way, the department and government will back you up. That isn’t happening, not anymore. Imagine being in the midst of nearly a thousand drunk, belligerent blacks who have been taught to hate you and are emboldened by booze, weed and low impulse control. No thanks, I would also take my sweet time responding to that call.
In basically all of the commentary in the aftermath of a mass shooting with 30 victims there is plenty of blame to go around, mostly at the police. Very little seems to focus on the five black teens who actually committed the shootings. It seems as if the only people responsible for this crime are the cops that didn’t come and prevent blacks from acting like blacks. Like daycare workers, Baltimore police are supposed to keep blacks from hurting themselves.
Why in the hell would any sane person want to be a cop in a city of any size in 2023?