Monday, January 19, 2015

The Truth About "Police Violence"

Which most people will never see, because apparently this story is not important enough to make it into the mainstream press:

"White ‘survivalist’ gunman shoots black Oklahoma police chief 4 times — and walks free 

A Sentinel, Oklahoma man who shot the town’s police chief four times on Thursday morning was allowed to walk free after questioning. 

According to, Police Chief Louis Ross was shot in the chest three times and once in the arm while responding to a bomb threat at a private residence. He survived with only minor injuries thanks to a borrowed bulletproof vest that he had put on only moments before. 

A caller reported that a bomb had been planted in Sentinel Community Action Center, home of the local Head Start program. 

Chief Ross and deputies from the Washita County sheriff’s office traced the call to Horton’s residence on State Route 4. Officers entered the residence by breaking down the door. 

Encountering no one in the first room they searched, Ross proceeded into a second bedroom, where Horton shot him four times. 

Officers took Horton into custody, but said that they had “insufficient evidence” for an arrest."

A "survivalist," i.e. a right wing maniac, makes a bomb threat, and then shoots the police chief trying to arrest him four times at point blank range, and there is "insufficient evidence" for an arrest, either for the bomb threat itself, or for the attempted murder committed in front of several other police officers.  Is this the new kinder, gentler policing we have all been clamoring for?  Well, let's take a closer look.  Here's the shooter:

And here is the police chief that was shot four times:
Get it now?

Of all of the terrible incidents of violence involving police lately, this may well be the worst, because even though no one was killed, it makes it absolutely clear what this is all about.  It is not an issue of police killing civilians- it is about white people shooting black people, which is apparently perfectly legal in this country, even when the white guy is a would-be terrorist and the black guy is the police chief.

And yet, as far as I can tell, the mainstream press has decided that this story means absolutely nothing, and is not even bothering to mention it.  So I guess it never happened, in this wonderful country of ours, so free of race hatred that everyone is treated the same, regardless of the color of their skin.  Because of course, jaywalking while black is a far worse crime than trying to shoot a black person when you are white.


Grung_e_Gene said...

Yeah I referenced this incident for a couple fellow officers at work. Right wing violence INCLUDING murder and attempted murder of police officers is coddled in this nation.

Green Eagle said...

I have to say I was really stunned by this. Even when the black man is a police chief, it's okay to shoot him. Man, this country is screwed up.