An update on my post yesterday about the Washington Post ‘s failure to update their police shootings database in at least one glaring instance.
First, I looked at their stated criteria and they do evince an intent to keep the database updated, which is good:
The Post’s database is updated regularly as fatal shootings are reported and as facts emerge about individual cases.
Second, I started combing through some of the other 2019 shootings of “unarmed” black men and found no other obvious errors. I did see a lot of shootings that seemed clearly justified, and some that were questionable. But there was a clear thread throughout: the suspects were to some degree noncompliant.
The civil rights activist who underwent use of the force training shown in this video concluded with this observation: “I didn’t understand how important compliance was . . . People need to comply with the orders of law enforcement officers for their own sake.”
People who say this on social media these days are roundly mocked and told they are minimizing racism and police abuse. They are told they are advocating a police state and they might as well be Nazis. But you could believe police abuse and racism are widespread and rampant and still advocate compliance because it saves lives.
It’s just a fact. Not a popular fact, but a fact nonetheless.
“Speak the truth, and leave immediately thereafter.” — Albanian proverb