Black people in inner city neighborhood should have no rational fear of the police
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Argument found from Time magazine article "black lives matter" and Daily Show's segment on Frisking. Sorry if i'm bad at citation.
http://www.nbcnewyork.com...). Was the cop convicted? - He is currently on desk duty making massive overtime while Eric Garner and his rights are buried six feet under ground. Would Garner have even been in the news if he would have complied with police as we were all raised to do from pre-school age? Was Michael Brown shot simply because he was Black? Brown was arrested after committing an assault in a convenience store. Was he simply a citizen walking down the street minding his own business? What about Freddy Grey, who was arrested for carrying a knife. What happen to those cops in his incident - All acquitted. What about Sandra Bland who was pulled over by police for a MINOR traffic infraction? Did she stay in her car and comply with the requests of the officer? NO! She turned the situation into an escalating conflict (http://highline.huffingtonpost.com...). Black people who obey the law and obey the commands of law enforcement officers are rarely subjected to this type of treatment. Again, it is unreasonable that Black people who are law abiding citizens to fear the police. The argument that cops indiscriminately use Black men for target practice is unsustainable. Am I saying that law abiding Black people are never targets for attacks by police? No. However, consider what happens when a law abiding citizen behaves properly under attack circumstances. These are just some of the many examples of how Black people lost their lives to police when they did not act properly. Instead of talking about how many rights you have, isn't it prudent to first comply and behave properly so that if the arrest was made against procedure, you are at least alive to remedy the situation and possibly receive compensation (without having BLM protest over your dead body).
My opponent stated that it was observed on video how Blacks have been "searched in a manner that is unacceptable". If one knows that it is possible to seek remedy if they were treated unfairly, why resist and risk being shot by police. My opponent is now in the difficult situation to show (hopefully by a preponderance of the evidence) that a Black person behaving reasonably in society should have a rational fear of being hurt by the police. The only way this premise could be sustainable is that the majority of Black people in the inner city do not behave reasonably and lawfully. If my opponent believes that this is the case, then my opponent does not know the Black community.
Another point I would like to bring up is a lack of trials from the officers who killed these people. I have not herd of any trials in the news. The Case is either that i don't listen to enough news (And I watch and listen to a lot) Or that the police aren't taking the responsibility for their actions and biases. I hope this was helpful to understanding my point.
Specific cases: Remember James Blake. James was the professional tennis player who was in New York for the U.S. Open. He was misidentified as a perp and was viciously tackled by NYPD officers. When was his funeral? The answer is there was no funeral because James Blake was not killed. Upon being tackled, instead of fighting with the officers and talking about all the rights he had (and he did have rights), he did the smart thing. He complied with the commands of the police and was not injured. Blake said that he listened and did everything the cops told him to do (www.cnn.com/2015/09/10/us/tennis-james-blake). Why is Blake alive (and now very rich), while others like Garner, Bland and Grey are not. The difference is that he behaved properly and did not pose a threat to police. The majority of Black people in inner-city neighborhoods are proper behaving law abiding citizens. Why would they fear a violent confrontation with police? They should not fear because a confrontation with a law abiding citizen posing no threat to police hardly ever ends in death to either party. Remember Charles Kinsey, he was the Black social worker who was shot by police as he sat in the street trying to calm an autistic man. Although Kinsey posed no threat, he was still shot while on the ground with his hands up. Kinsey had every right to scream about being violated; however' Kinsey is alive today simply because he did not escalate the problem. He was behaving like a law abiding citizen who understood that there is a remedy for the outrageous conduct of the police in this case (http://abcnews.go.com...). Suffice it to say, Kinsey is not only alive, but very rich from the law suits he easily won). I restate, Black people (myself included) should not succumb to the rhetoric of groups like BLM which falsely indicates that all black people are in danger of being killed by police simply because of the color of their skin. This premise is clearly unsustainable.
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