“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Uncle Ben
And with great power also comes the abuse of power. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about police officers, clergy, teachers, employers, or pretty much anyone else who has authority over others, there are some who will abuse their position. On this episode of Flash Past, Dan and Lyle discuss police brutality and citizen reactions.
As long as there have been laws, there have been police and outlaws. The police are taught to assess a situation and then make it safe. Part of making a situation safe is securing the alleged would-be criminal. In doing so, there will be complaints of “the cuffs are too tight” or “I can’t breathe.” Struggling and not doing what the officer tells you to do will never work out in your favor.
That is exactly what happened to Eric Garner… at least that is what the video seems to show. Turn the volume down and watch it.
The discussion turns from police brutality to citizen stupidity and entitlement as the hosts try to uncover the reason why there is such a disproportionate number of black people in prison. This, of course, makes the conversation a bit more heated.
Lyle talks about some of his own encounters with the law and racial profiling. He even tells the story of a time when he and his brother drove through the deep south and had an encounter with an officer. No matter the situation, however, he maintained his cool, did what he was told to do, and did not get belligerent.
Because of his lack of raging temper, Lyle has been able to be caught DWB on several occasions and is still around to tell the tale. Have a listen and let us know what you think. We are on Facebook and Twitter.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an angel or a devil on your shoulder, you listen to the man with the gun.