It sometimes seems as if cops are trigger happy fools. God knows we run lots of stories about police bullets gone wild. If anything, the opposite is true. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard cops with twenty years on the job boast about the fact they never once drew their gun in anger—and not just because my memory’s starting to go. But there’s anger aplenty when cops unholster their weapon, let loose the dogs of war and send someone to the morgue. The folks want answers. Something must be done! After a recent spate of fatal shootings by police in Miami, there’ve been calls for the Mayor to bring the peeps the head of Alfredo Garcia. I mean Police Chief Miguel Exposito. So Miami pols called the FBI. officer.com provides the 411 on the 10-71s . . .
The City of Miami Community Relations Board tried to answer residents’ questions Tuesday night about several recent police-involved shootings, but not all of the answers were well received.
Former FBI agent Paul Phillip was appointed by Miami’s city manager to investigate what many have called a recent surge of police-involved shootings under the watch of Police Chief Miguel Exposito.
“If you are saying firing the chief is going to stop the killings I’m saying you are wrong,” said Paul Phillip.
It was one of several bold statements Phillip made at Tuesday’s meeting at Culver Community Center.
“You can look at this chart and say, ‘They were all black males who got killed.’ That’s not really so,” Phillip said. “‘They were all unarmed.’ That’s not really so.”
According to Phillip, the numbers aren’t that different. In 2009, there were seven shootings in which an officer fired at a suspect, and in 2010, the year under fire, there were eight. These numbers do not include accidental shootings or shootings in which an animal was killed.
Keep in mind that a large number of this small number of “residents” were relatives of men who were shot and killed by the police.
So what do you do when the truth doesn’t back up the supposition that fuels your sense of outrage, injustice and a natural human desire for vengeance? You put your fingers in your ears, say nanananana and continue to beat the scapegoat. Via wsvn.com:
Some who attended the meeting echoed what Commissioner Richard Dunn has said. “I’m saying [the police] have a different attitude. If it’s not racist, it’s very close,” Dunn said.
“They can’t stereotype every vehicle that comes along their way,” said David Jenkins who also attended the meeting and is alarmed by the growing number of police-involved shootings. “Being stereotypical is what’s causing these shootings.”
The board’s vice chair said intelligence from the inner city shows a growing number of people wanting to “take it to the streets,” a concern echoed over and over along with another cry to oust police chief Exposito.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the Mayor’s freshly-minted Special Adviser on Public Safety earned his money last night. Maybe not all $70k of it, but some.