Trenton, MI– According to Michigan Live, Kyle Baker, an 18 year old boy that was supposed to graduate next week has been shot and killed by Trenton police on Thursday.
The police were called to the scene by neighbors who said the boy was “highly agitated and possibly under the influence of drugs posing a threat.” During the interaction with Kyle, one of the police officers suffered a slash wound from a lawnmower blade, which police referred to as an ‘edged weapon.’The officer’s injuries were non life-threatening and he has already been released from the hospital. According to police, a taser weapon had been deployed twice, but had no effect. They went on to say that only one shot was fired and that disarming the child cost Kyle his life.
While the actions of these officers ‘seem’ justified, and they most certainly do, I still call into question how six police officers are unable to subdue a child, drugs or no drugs. Does it really always have to end in guns being fired? Are officers so out of shape that they cannot move out of the way from an 18yo wielding a damned lawnmower blade? While I’m not going to pass too much judgment on these officers, it sure makes me wish there was more physical training involved.
And of course, the racist people will no doubt start screaming “where’s Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton for this?? Where’s the main-stream-media for this?? Where’s the outrage from Obama??” They will inevitably yell at black people and call them thugs and that’s the only reason police ever hurt anyone is when the person deserves it, then they will imply that all black people deserve to be shot by police because all black people are thugs and hoodlums. . . . I can read the comments on Fox News already.
But here’s the truth: we do have a racial problem in the US and black people are treated more harshly by police, but everyone is at risk of losing their life because of official rage or official cowardice. When there are a bunch of cops running around the streets that view everyone as a potential threat, they’re more likely to treat everyone as a threat. They will not automatically assume innocence, but instead they will assume guilt.
Before everyone jumps up and starts screaming about all this, we need to at least acknowledge the fact that we have an issue with police in this country. Police have far too many powers and they are not punished nearly enough. Once we can at least acknowledge this truth, then we can begin having a civilized discussion about how to fix it and how to prevent racial issues in the country, because sadly, white people won’t want change to come until they realize they’re at risk of these things too — and they are at risk – just not as at risk as black people.
So all of you Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton haters need to man up and admit that police are brutal and they are dishonest. The ones that are NOT brutal and dishonest (and there are plenty of good officers) are too afraid to speak out against their ‘brothers’ because when they do, they’re either killed, black-balled, or physically and mentally tortured.