Friday, November 25, 2011

Beware of articles that "demonize" cops

PHOENIX (AP) — Police in suburban Buckeye were under fire Friday when a video was posted online showing a grandfather on the floor of a Walmart store with a bloody face after police said he was subdued trying to shoplift during a chaotic rush for discounted video games.

Some articles on this incident were blatantly biased against the police, perhaps not intentionally, but then perhaps intentionally as part of creating a conflict between the police and the average citizen. It appears to me that the cop suspected that the guy was shoplifting, tried to cuff him, and that the guy resisted. So, the officer followed his training and used a technique that he probably thought was safe, but it didn't work out that way, although the guy wasn't seriously injured. The moral of this story is to get the facts and avoid jumping to hasty conclusions about such incidents.