Baton Rouge police are out of control, and it’s only a matter of time until they do something stupid with civilians ending up dead.
An as-of-yet unknown Baton Rouge cop pointed an assault rifle directly at a Huffington Post reporter, as well as at some protesters overnight during a gathering in the city.
It was not an accident. It wasn’t a case of not paying attention as she was moving, and she swung her weapon in a careless manner towards people.
She stood, looked directly at them, and took aim ready to start murdering peaceful unarmed civilians and possibly members of the press.
Look at this video. I dare any police officer to rationalize this.
There was no threat to her or her fellow officers. They weren’t being crowded or surrounded, and none of the protesters were armed unless you can count cameras and cell phones as weapons.
Huffington Post reporter David Lohr was among the group that got threatened with deadly force for standing in a public space. He had launched a live stream around 11 p.m. and during the broadcast is when he captured the cop who obviously isn’t qualified to handle a firearm and was one step away from becoming a mass shooter.
Police came out in military equipment to clear the streets as protests swelled. The growing unrest was in response to police intentionally provoking protesters during an arrest of a prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson.
This isn’t the first time police have been caught intentionally being antagonistic towards protesters, then immediately threatening them with death by firearm if they gave any form of pushback to the cops.
Ray Albers, a St. Louis cop who pointed an assault rifle at Ferguson Missouri protesters saying he would “fucking kill” them, was forced out of the police department when his actions were recorded and uploaded online. His police chief at the time said he “didn’t condone” his actions, but claimed his threatening and aiming an assault rifle at unarmed civilians was “totally justifiable.”
What the police chief said, is exactly the problem. You can’t say you don’t condone a police officer’s actions, while saying they’re “totally justifiable.” The two are mutually exclusive. When cops are told that aiming a weapon of mass murder at a group of unarmed civilians is totally justifiable, you get cops doing it everywhere – just like we see with the case from Baton Rouge.
Let’s just face it. We have a cop problem in America. As a whole, the majority of police departments in our cities look at civilians as enemies rather than the people they’re there to serve. Until that can change, nothing else will.
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