Re­con­sider ‘Lives Mat­ter’ slo­gans

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - CHARLES KLEIN York­town, Vir­ginia

It’s time to praise the po­lice and stop the mind­less, po­lit­i­cally cor­rect protests and their Al Sharp­ton-style slo­gans, such as “Hands Up Don’t Shoot,” “Black Lives Mat­ter” and more re­cently “All Lives Mat­ter.”

The truth is I can’t find a time when a po­lice of­fi­cer ever shot an un­armed, sur­ren­der­ing per­son who had his or her hands up. Fur­ther­more, the “All Lives Mat­ter” cam­paign is just plain dumb. Few if any in this coun­try (and most other coun­tries) would say that the lives of mem­bers of the Is­lamic State, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Ha­mas, the Fort Hood shooter, the Bos­ton Marathon bomber and any oth­ers of their ilk mat­ter.

As for the tragic killing of Wal­ter Scott in Charleston re­cently, it ap­pears from the video to be to­tally un­nec­es­sary. Eight shots to stop some­one? If an of­fi­cer can’t hit the crim­i­nals’ legs or but­tocks to stop them with less than eight shots maybe the of­fi­cer should spend more time on the range or not carry a gun.

The rea­son sit­u­a­tions such as the Scott killing oc­cur is be­cause the bad folks ex­pect the po­lice will chase them (putting them­selves at risk of harm) rather than shoot to stop them. When I was young grow­ing up in south Philadel­phia I and all my friends knew that if the po­lice said “Halt” it meant you should do just that. If you did de­cided to run you could ex­pect to hear two warn­ing shots, in the air, with the third and sub­se­quent shots com­ing at your be­hind or legs. What ever hap­pened to that sen­si­ble ap­proach?

Per­haps the slo­gan we should be march­ing to is “Halt — Don’t Run.”

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