Quite unlike the George Floyd case in Minneapolis, the national reaction to the killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta has been mixed. While most Americans overwhelmingly agreed that there was little excuse for kneeling on a person’s neck for nearly nine minutes, anyone who watches the video of Brooks struggling with the cops over the weekend must conclude that the situation is not even close to cut and dried.
Granted, this doesn’t mean that activists and Democrats won’t pretend that it is, because they know that any deviation from the black/white (no pun intended) narrative will only weaken their cause. So they are willing to go out on television and condemn these police without a second thought. One might pause to wonder what they themselves would have done in such a situation, but this is a level of self-reflection and wisdom that is very rarely found in humanity, unfortunately. Finding it among the cultists of the modern left is almost impossible.
And so we turn to the right, just as many Americans will in the wake of this controversial incident. Because most normal Americans – black, white, or other – can watch this video and conclude that this is not George Floyd 2.0. Most normal Americans have an understanding that when you resist arrest, grab the officer’s taser, and actually shoot the taser at the apprehending cops…well, you’re asking for trouble.
Conservative commentator and former NYPD officer Dan Bongino appeared on Fox this weekend to explain that the actions taken by Brooks left officers with no good options.
“Obviously a man died. That’s tragic. Nobody wants to see that, whether it’s on the police side, on the community side, anywhere, we get that,” Bongino said. “Having said that, I always ask the question when it comes to law enforcement issues for the people who are sadly ignorant of them, many of whom haven’t lived in the shoes of a law enforcement officer themselves: ‘Well, what would you do?’
“You have an individual suspected of being intoxicated… what do you do?” Bongino continued. “You want to just let him go? Get him back in the car and mow down a family on the streets because he’s potentially drunk? So, let’s eliminate that as a really bad idea. Now you’re going to arrest him and the subject clearly does not want to be arrested. OK, so let’s walk through, what do you do?”
Bongino said that the only option remaining was to arrest the suspect with the use of force.
“Keep in mind, not force the police officers wanted, they don’t initiate it, the subject did,” he noted. “Sadly, it resulted in his death, but make no mistake, the use of force was controlled by one person, the individual who resisted arrest, stole the weapon, ran away and then pointed it at the officers, which is clear on the video.
“The bad choice was to have to engage in a use-of-force episode with this individual who pointed a Taser back at a law-enforcement officer he had just punched in the face,” Bongino said. “It wasn’t a good option to have to engage with your firearm. The worse option is to let this subject continue to engage in use of force against them without stopping the episode. There were no good options. He’s dead.”
Judging this weekend’s scenario through an “All Cops are Bad” lens or a racism lens will never get us to the truth. Any white person in Brooks’s position, who took the actions Brooks took, would have wound up just as dead as Brooks is. We can argue about whether cops should have taken a totally different course of action, but that involves changing Georgia state law. If we’re going to discuss this incident, we have to do so with the honesty to admit that the officers were completely within the spectrum of their duty to arrest Brooks, and that they never deviated from proper, lawful protocol throughout the incident.
The fact that the shooting officer was not only fired but will apparently face murder charges is a sign that we are abandoning common sense and legal precedent in favor of appeasing a mob.