What’s going on?

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said today, “If you’re the family of a police officer and somebody approaches you within three feet with a knife, I think you have the right to defend yourself and protect yourself. So I think it certainly is reasonable that an officer has an expectation to go home at the end of the night.”

I’m pretty sure Michael Brown’s family and this young man’s family expected them to come home from the corner store too.

You don’t expect to run to the 7-11 and get gunned down in the street by the police. At least I don’t. I am white and female.

Apparently, if you are young, male and African American, the reality is that the police are willing to shoot you. It doesn’t matter if you are armed or not, you are someone to be feared and they will empty their gun into you.

This makes me heartsick and so sad for the future of our country.

Police are armed to the teeth with freebies from the Pentagon. SWAT teams serve search warrants.Two year olds get hit with flash bang grenades while they are sleeping in their cribs.

I appreciate (for the most part) the job that these men and women do. I realize that they are putting their lives on the line to protect the rest of us.

But who protects us from them when they have military apparatus? And we are unarmed and surrendering? Or even worse, sleeping in our beds?

 

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