reply to post by GogoVicMorrow
I have a mixed reaction to this video. First off, we are given a very careful "set" at the start, told that something bad was done to this teen by
the cops, and told ahead of time what to believe about what we are going to hear. Then, we have only audio, and only of this stop, not of any of the
others. No video (though I do understand that might have been impossible to obtain), and thus no clear picture of the events. From the start, the
cops told the guy why they stopped him. They stated that he kept looking at them, and the way I interpret that is that he was watching them to see if
they were noticing him. Something that IS suspicious behavior. Someone paying too much attention to the cops is usually someone trying to get away
with a crime. Plus, we have no idea if this teen is involved in a gang (anyone know if he displayed any colors or symbols?), or whether or not he's
got a criminal record. It's very possible he was actually up to something, and decided to make a recording to look innocent, in case he's caught
later on. Yes, it's also possible that those cops were a bit overzealous, and targeting someone for nothing. The statements they made about his
suspicious behavior, though, lead me to believe he wasn't as innocent as he proclaims.
Now, all that said, the "mutt" comment was completely uncalled for. There isn't a need for a cop to insult someone like that, even if the person
is a criminal. it isn't professional, and causes people to dislike the police, even if they are otherwise doing a good job.
On the program itself, I don't see it as a bad thing IF, and ONLY if, they follow the law. Meaning, there should be a real reason to suspect the
person (such as them basically watching every move of the cops...). A real reason. There is suspicious behavior, and if the police see that, they
should check it out. As for a search, that should only be done if there is clear probable cause. Meaning they had better have a valid reason, an
honest reason, to search a person. Seeing what looks like a drug transaction, for example, would be a good reason. Acting nervous about the police
could be a reason to stop a person, but not necessarily for a search. Now, if a person agrees, it's legal. There is when knowing your rights comes
into play. You can refuse a search. I would, on principle, and I am no criminal. If they want to search, they need a reason, a probable cause. if
the program is being carried out in a legal manner, great. if not, it should be changed. Review is certainly in order. if they are on the
up-and-up, they should have nothing to hide.
No matter what the case, we have to be fair to both sides, and look at the real evidence, not the propaganda, which is what I see the video as. Yes,
there are some bad cops, because cops are people, and they can fail the same as anyone else. That doesn't mean that they are all bad, though, or
that every cry or "racism" is real. In this case, the mutt comment would seem to be racist. Whether the stop was or not, I don't think we have
enough evidence to say.