Comments on: Less than human: Do some police take a step beyond simple prejudice? http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: hometown http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90449 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:06:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90449 I originally viewed this story as one about “just another punk who didn’t have the brains not to fight with the police.” Then, I began to read many of the comments and blogs and wondered if there may, in fact, be two separate value systems for acceptable social behavior at play here on a broad scale (call them 1 and 2, or, black and white, or A and B). For example, I’ve always been taught to call police officers “Officer” or “Sir/ Ma’am” to convey respect, in addition to following their orders to the letter. I get the feeling the citizens (at least all the dead young black men) of Ferguson were taught a different standard of behavior, and, thought their standard should have worked just fine for all concerned. I’d be interested in seeing an article that looks into if there may be two standards at play, and, how that might impact both the citizens interactions with police as well as Ferguson’s commercial viability with say…insurance carriers (who pay for damaged property), bond holders/investors (who pay for new public works), and businesses (who locate in towns containing a viable workforce).

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By: beofaction http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90386 Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:13:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90386 Only the whites are prejudiced, right? I’d like to see the author of this article take a walk in an inner city black neighborhood at night. The sad truth is that there is more than enough prejudice to go around for both races, and until white liberals and black leaders address “humanity” and unity rather than purposely dividing us for their own benefit nothing will change!

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By: dd606 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90374 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:01:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90374 “Armored up in tanks and riot gear, firing tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets, the police of this small town have somehow found the military-grade weapons of a full-scale war and are pointing them at protesters and journalists, who by press accounts, are mostly peaceful.”

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Mostly peaceful protestors?… I guess you missed the part where people looted for multiple nights and trashed the whole area? More liberal selective interpretation of reality. If a bunch of lunatics were tearing your neighborhood apart, I’m sure you’d want cops to show up and give out candy and hugs, right?

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By: thelion http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90333 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:00:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90333 It would be very interesting to see how many of these Policemen have in fact returned from Iraq or Afghanistan and are suffering from PTSD, there have been concerns of this for a number of years from sources all over the country! It also wouldn’t be helping that there are Police that are all trussed up in full Military Combat battle dress, M4’s and all! Instant Flashback!

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By: thelion http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90332 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:00:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90332 It would be very interesting to see how many of these Policemen have in fact returned from Iraq or Afghanistan and are suffering from PTSD, there have been concerns of this for a number of years from sources all over the country! It also wouldn’t be helping that there are Police that are all trussed up in full Military Combat battle dress, M4’s and all! Instant Flashback!

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By: ciceroalamo http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90326 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:27:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90326 Active Duty Military Deaths by Race/Ethnicity
(Source: Congressional Research Service)

KOREAN WAR
White: …………………………………. 29,269….80%
Black: ………………………………… 3,075…8.4%
More Than One Race or Unknown: ….2,853….7.8%
Hispanic or Latino-One or More Races: 576…..1.6%
Hispanic or Latino:……………………… 306…..0.8%
Asian:…………………………… …….. 241…..0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:…. 148……0.4%
American Indian or Alaska Native:…… 104…….0.3%
TOTAL: ………………………………36,5 72

VIETNAM WAR
White:……………………………… …… 49,826…..85.6%
Black:…………………………… …… 7,243..…12.4%
Hispanic or Latino-One or More Races:.. 350…….0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:…… 229…….0.4%
American Indian or Alaska Native:…….. 226…….0.4%
More Than One Race or Unknown:……. 204…….0.4%
Asian:…………………………… …….. 139……..0.2%
Hispanic or Latino…………………Category Not Used
TOTAL…………………………… …: 58,217

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By: SixthRomeo http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90325 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:07:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90325 If there were riots every single time other “races” were killed by police there would not be anything left of the USA. I have no recall of riots after coverage of the death of so many other victims just this calendar year alone. There is no excuse for these things and so what if gear is acquired through Homeland Security; the criminals are well armed, the police should be better armed. Give the over coverage of this story a rest.

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By: shootmyownfood http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90319 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:11:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90319 mtdallas – the “grants” you are referring to are really FREE military weaponry and other military products. Why would a suburban police force need tanks, anyway?

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By: mtdallas http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90314 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:22:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90314 The militarization of police forces is paid for by homeland Security. The grants are in the billions of dollars and there is not a sheriff or a police chief out there that can turn that kind of money down.

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By: BC5000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/08/14/less-than-human-do-some-police-take-a-step-beyond-prejudice/#comment-90312 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:01:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=33689#comment-90312 I would venture to say that the police in Ferguson Missouri have been subject to way too much anger, violence and danger from the criminal element in that town. Are some of those police officers suffering from combat fatigue by being on the front line in dealing with a criminal element that is too use to challenging their authority and threating them all the time?

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