If men are from Mars (solution-seekers) and women are from Venus (empathy junkies), the news media is from Venus. Click to clickondetroit.com to watch a TV-led kumbaya klatsch of police officers who survived the recent cop shop invasion. TTAG has already taken the po-po’s response to pieces, analyzing their ineffectual response to the shotgun-wielding perp. We’d love to get access to the officers, to respectfully ask them . . .
what strategic mistakes were made—and many were—so that cops could be better trained for this terrible, terrifying eventuality. clickondetroit doesn’t even raise the issue, opting for testimonies of survival bonding with the standard media money shot: a quivering chin during admissions of mortality and protestations of brotherly love.
Which tells us what, exactly? That cops are people too? Yes, well . . .
Note to TV producers: the cops weren’t “ambushed.” Lamar Moore attacked them. He invaded the police station. Mars may not be the kind of place to raise your kids, but I’m afraid I’m with previous TTAG commentators: survivors are not heroes. They are survivors. Heroes are people who do something brave, courageous and effective.
I don’t mean to be mean about the meme. Hang on; did I hear the reporter say that one of the victims forgives the madman? Anyone who hasn’t seen the video want to guess the gender of the officer who’s given Lamar Moore a pass? [Click here for the raw video] The reporter? The producer?
Objection your honor! Irrelevant! Counsel is inflicting prejudicial sexist claptrap on the jury. Withdrawn.
At the risk of going all Old Testament Dirty Harry on this thing, may Lamar Moore rot in hell. Sympathy for the Devil is a great song but a lousy way to stay alive. Especially if you’re a cop. To serve and protect does not mean to forgive and forget.
Witless emotional pandering at the expense of valuable insight leave me cold. But then it would; in fact I’m as cold as Hell. A guy. A guy who realizes that acknowledging your mistakes is the first step to rectifying them. Or at least knowing what to do next time. Yad vashem.