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Monday, June 29, 2020

Over the past decade, The New York Times found, at least 70 people have died in law enforcement custody after saying the same words " "I can't breathe." The dead ranged in age from 19 to 65. The majority of them had been stopped or held over nonviolent infractions, 911 calls about suspicious behavior, or concerns about their mental health. More than half were black.

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Dozens of videos, court documents, autopsies and police reports reviewed in these cases " involving a range of people who died in confrontations with officers on the street, in local jails or in their homes " show a pattern of aggressive tactics that ignored prevailing safety precautions while embracing dubious science that suggested that people pleading for air do not need urgent intervention.

In some of the "I can't breathe" cases, officers restrained detainees by the neck, hogtied them, Tased them multiple times or covered their heads with mesh hoods designed to prevent spitting or biting. Most frequently, officers pushed them face down on the ground and held them prone with their body weight.

Among those who died after declaring "I can't breathe" were a chemical engineer in Mississippi, a former real estate agent in California, a meat salesman in Florida and a drummer at a church in Washington State. One was an active-duty soldier who had survived two tours in Iraq. One was a registered nurse. One was a doctor.

In nearly half of the cases The Times reviewed, the people who died after being restrained, including Mr. Williams, were already at risk as a result of drug intoxication. Others were having a mental health episode or medical issues such as pneumonia or heart failure. Some of them presented a significant challenge to officers, fleeing or fighting.

As with most issues, this is far more complicated and nuanced than one simple declarative plea can encapsulate. But that does not in any way minimize the need for any such plea to be taken seriously so no one needlessly dies.

I see an unmistakable need to stop sending armed police officers on mental health emergency calls for one. But there needs to be an evolved understanding that far too many citizens end up dead or injured when they needn't be if we had a response system that dispatched the proper professionals based upon the situation - even if regular LEO might need to accompany them for safety reasons. I don't think such ideas should be controversial at all.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-29 07:01 AM | Reply

It was just a few bad apples!

Unfortunately, now the entire Apple barrel is rancid.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-29 03:42 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by donnerboy Go ahead and hire the Crips to keep your neighborhood safe. You may not like the police, but the alternative is much worse.

#3 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-06-30 04:19 PM | Reply

Go ahead and hire the Crips to keep your neighborhood safe.

#3 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-06-30

I recall when I was urged to call a Hippie.

We'll always have the police. What we want now is honest police who won't capriciously murder people like the Crips do.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-06-30 04:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#4 | Posted by Zed What amazes me is only SOME black lives matter. Black lives mater if the individual is killed by law enforcement, if a black life is ended by the urban violence endemic in every Democrat run city, that organization is mute. The difference is the numbers are more than 30 times that of police involved shootings. Most police shooting are when the suspect points a gun at the cop. Note: where the police have withdrawn, the murder of black people have exploded.

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-07-01 10:11 AM | Reply

#4 | Posted by Zed What amazes me is only SOME black lives matter. Black lives mater if the individual is killed by law enforcement, if a black life is ended by the urban violence endemic in every Democrat run city, that organization is mute.

Only true in your head, of course.

When someone commits an act of terrorism against in the United States, which rightfully leads to anger and sadness, do you also ask, "Well what about all those Americans who kill other Americans each year?" No one ever talks about that!

No one says that because that would crazy, now wouldn't it?

The overwhelming majority of white murder victims each year are killed by white assailants. Which has nothing to do with police brutality either.

You white supremacists have attributed the fact that crime rates are higher among African Americans than whites to because people of color are obviously biologically more prone to violence.

But the reality is that crime (white or black) is directly linked more to poverty than race or any other factor.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-07-01 12:46 PM | Reply

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