But before then, people often use L. St. as a sounding board, so it is better to be here, than on another post.
After last night’s murders in Dallas, there is little chance that politics won’t come into play.
There was some suggestions on TV last night that “this will get better”. But here’s the thing: All of this was instigated not just by the police shootings, but by the fact that they were videoed.
(Just an aside, that I really can’t fathom the woman who, with a gun in her face, her boyfriend just shot at point blank range, pulled out her phone, opened her Facebook app, (maybe she did both of those before the cop approached the car) and THEN hit the record button, and calmly gave a play-by-play of everything that just happened, with the gun still drawn and the cop screaming?)
But there are only going to be more and more videos, as video cameras are everywhere.
And as long as there are areas that are super-violent, police are going to be on edge at every traffic stop and every encounter.
And just a suggestion to “leaders”, pouring gas on the fire doesn’t help. I must have missed the statements yesterday by the Minnesota Governor and the President that being a police officer is a tense, life-threatening job, where your nerves are on edge. I must have missed the part about the discussion of people killing others every day, and the cops nervous at every stop that they will encounter one of those people.
In any case, the comments section is open.
Please keep the discussion of Dallas and the rest on this post.