I try to let these go. I try to ignore them completely, because they’re so frustrating. But then I watched this entire video, and now I don’t know what bothers me more: the abuse of power displayed in the video, or the reactions of some commenters who defend them.
To recap: a black couple, fearful of mistreatment by police officers given many recent abuses of black people by police officers, are pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. The passenger is asked for ID, and provides the legally-required name, as well as an explanation for why he does not have ID. When asked to exit the vehicle, he declines, and seems very reasonable about it. The driver is on the phone to 911, explaining the situation, and why they are scared to comply with the probably-unlawful demands.
So, of course, the cops use an axe to smash the passenger window, use a tazer to incapacitate the passenger, and drag him out of the car, later reaching in to remove the keys from the car.
This, despite the presence of children in the car. This, as a result of a failure to wear seatbelt citation. This, despite the driver already being in communication with 911. This, despite having heard from the occupants of the vehicle that they were scared of unprovoked police brutality.
Some days I don’t want to live in this country any more. I just don’t know where else I’d go.