Over the recent weeks we have seen protests break out all across the country over police shooting armed subjects, not unarmed subjects.
One of the first incidents of recent memory was the Rayshard Brooks shooting in Atlanta. Brooks was intoxicated and passed out in his car in a Wendy’s drive thru before getting his car moved to a parking spot. When police attempted to arrest him he fought with them, punched them, and stole a taser before he took off running.
Once running away he turned and fired the taser at one of the officers. An officer returned fire, eventually killing him. This sparked massive protests across the country and led to more than one death.
More recently, there was the Deon Kay, who was resisting arrest and armed with a handgun. He was shot and killed in the incident. BLM DC claimed he was just a boy and was a nonviolent threat.
More protests and destruction.
The most recent example was in Lancaster, PA where Ricardo Munoz charged out of building at an officer while armed with a knife. The officer ran backwards but ended up shooting Munoz, as the released bodycam footage shows.
More outrage and protests broke out.
Minneapolis had a fresh new round of violence, looting, and destruction after false rumors were spread that police shot an unarmed black man toward the end of August. The video clearly shows that the suspect took his own life.
More outrage, protests, looting, violence, and destruction broke out.
At what point are police allowed to defend themselves and the lives of the citizens they protect? Is there now a racial standard they must abide by? Can they not arrest black people? Can they not defend themselves if they are attacked with a knife or even a gun?
Are they supposed to let those folks go so that they are free to hurt or kill someone else?
I, for one, do think there need to be police reforms but the standard being set right now is one of utter ridiculousness and danger. While not every situation is simply black and white (no pun intended) each one of these incidents could have been avoided if the suspects would have simply obeyed the officers' orders and lived to fight another day.