Thursday 2/17/11. On the Armstrong and Getty radio and T.V. show, was a candid conversation with several police officers. The panel of five stayed completely anonymous. The information was very insightful to what cops think on various issues, including speeding and working with partners of an opposite sex. Domestic Violence laws that mandate an arrest and whether they should be able to pick on a person for no reason without restrictions were also discussed.
Another issue brought up was the Oscar Grant case and whether it is conceivable that a police officer could mistake a taser for a gun. Oscar Grant was killed in Oakland, California on New Year’s Day, 2009. He laid unarmed and face down on a transit platform when a transit police officer Johannes Mehserle, was caught on tape killing the young father ,by many civilian cameras from a crowded train just feet away.
The cops who responded to the taser/gun issue admitted that they have to keep them on differ rent sides and that there is a significant weight difference. It is unfortunate that our police can never be completely honest when it comes to abuse by officers of the law. They stated lines like, “Accidents happen.” and “He shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place.”
Why couldn’t these completely anonymous cops speak up against police brutality? November 12, 2010 a “mentally unstable” man was threatening to blow up his SUV with his 16-year-old daughter inside on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The man, who had found out on Facebook that his wife was leaving him, was had a standoff for TWO hours. He called local radio stations and the California Highway Patrol held traffic away from the situation until it was resolved. The man was eventually arrested.
The S.F. Chronicle reported, “He feels bad he inconvenienced everyone,” CHP Sgt. Trent Cross said after the security guard was taken into custody without incident and officers determined that he had no explosives. “There are some charges he’s going to face, but we’re also going to see if we can get this guy some help.”
Help? No statements that he should have been shot because he was resisting arrest were made. In addition, there were no reports declaring that he was killed because he threatened to blow up his child and they “feared for their life and the child’s safety”?
By the way, Oscar Grant is Black and Craig Valentino appears White.
I understand that being a cop could be a scary job, but to close your eyes to bad cops around the country makes it hard for people to believe it when they “do” make honest mistakes.