“Moving to quell criticism of the fatal shooting of a black man by a Louisville Metro Policeofficer a day earlier, Police Chief Steve Conrad on Sunday released video of the incident and identified the officer involved,” usatoday.com reports. “Conrad said Officer Nathan Blanford acted in self-defense when he shot Deng Manyoun, whom the chief said had a ‘dangerous instrument.'” [Click on the link to see the full, unedited version of the video.] It seems clear enough that Officer Blanford acted in self-defense. Equally clear: race hustlers won’t gain traction on this one, despite their best/worst efforts. But it won’t be for lack of trying, as thedailybeast.com reports . . .
“Either you comply or you die,” activist Tara Pruitt said at a meeting covered by the Courier-Journal. “De-escalation tactics are not used when it comes to people of color.”
Another advocate, Chanelle Helm, said Blanford’s response might have been warranted if Manyoun was “a criminal with a gun.”
“You’re telling me you can’t defeat a person with a flagpole who seems to be intoxicated?” Helm said. “An officer is supposed to be trained to protect people. He lost all type of control.”
Not all type. And here’s why video is critical to proper police accountability.
“I was at the light and the cop was telling the guy to do something and the man had took a couple steps back,” the witness told WLKY. “The cop pulled out his weapon and shot to kill him.”
Videos can be misleading; the Texas pool party video is exhibit A. But there’s no question that the now-pervasive technology has created a sea change in policing, one that favors truth over political agendas.