We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up) and those who feed us bullshit like we were born yesterday.
I see I need to provide a refresher course on how to properly respond to bullshit when bullshit is thrown your way.
So it seems that while Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck can’t ever open his mouth in a timely manner to speak intelligently on the numerous officer-involved-shootings that take place on his watch and in his own department, he can however speak up on shootings that happen on the other side of the country and are completely out his jurisdiction.
Earlier today, Chief Beck had the audacity to speak on the South Carolina police officer who fatally shot and killed Walter Scott and the video footage that captured the awful incident.
Chief Beck said the video footage showed a “criminal act,” and said he also would have arrested the officer.
Eyebrow raises. Oh really.
He then went on to say that “based on what I have seen, based on the video … it is a criminal act. It is well beyond any policies of the Los Angeles Police Department, and I would have done exactly what the chief in Charleston did. I would have arrested the officer.”
That part right there was the bullshit I spoke of earlier in case you’re confused.
Chief Beck has been in similar situations before where there has been video footage that clearly captured some wrongdoing on behalf of his officers.
What I can tell you is that responding to the public and media and acting in a timely manner when there’s been an officer-involved-shooting is NOT what the Los Angeles Police Department is known for doing. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I only have to point back to the Ezell Ford shooting to prove that and even more recent to the shooting of that 15-year-old teenager that is now suing the city of Los Angeles for 20 million dollars.
Even more telling is that at this very moment, Chief Beck is working overtime to make sure that Angelenos and the world never see the video footage of a group of officers beating and kicking the life out of an unconscious 22-year-old Clinton Alford in South Los Angeles. Video mind you, that was commandeered from a local business whose camera just happened to catch the whole incident on tape.
And just so that we’re clear, Beck isn’t fighting the release of the video so that our feelings are spared from being hurt after seeing officers yet again pummel a Black man into unconsciousness.
So that part about Beck claiming that he would have done exactly what the chief in Charleston did is bullshit.
Now I don’t expect much from the news media when it comes to questioning Chief Beck’s intent or sincerity in making today’s comments on the Walter Scott situation. I don’t know if people are just enamored by him, have very short memories or just don’t have the chutzpah it takes to call bullshit for what it is—bullshit.
What’s next? Is Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey going to come out of hiding and pull her head out of the sand and say she would have charged the officer who killed Walter Scott had the incident happened here? If she says that I swear I might just choke up a lung laughing.
So that’s today’s lesson on how to respond to bullshit that’s thrown your way. You catch it and you throw it right back at the person who threw it at you and say get the fuck out of here with that bullshit.
And in closing, to quote the great Pomona philosopher Suga Free, if you stay ready you ain’t got to get ready.