There Are Police Victims and Then There are “Victims.”

A few days ago, an “American”, Kyle Lydell Canty crossed the border from the United States and requested asylum in Canada. He cited “police brutality” in the U.S., as his primary reason for seeking protection from American tyranny. Canty shrieked that American blacks are “being exterminated at an alarming rate.” Really? Even a cursory glance at any legitimate federal data shows this not to be the case—not even close. Now, if Canty were to make the same argument regarding cities such as Chicago, where blacks are “exterminating” other blacks at an alarming rate and where American officials refuse to take necessary actions to stop the carnage, at least he’d have a better argument.

Canty complains about alleged “harassment” at the hands of American police. What’s his evidence of harassment? According to http://www.huffingtonpost.com, “Canty is facing criminal charges for a number of misdemeanors, including offenses as minor as jaywalking….” [Emphasis mine] Not surprisingly, huffingtonpost.com emphasizes, “jaywalking,” which is not a misdemeanor crime but only a civil infraction. I suppose emphasizing the most minor charge shouldn’t surprise us considering the source. Of course, Canty argues he’s a victim of racist police and claims all the charges are unfounded. He also accuses the American criminal justice system of denying him his due process rights. Well, why stop at harassment and brutality—violating his constitutional rights is a nice cherry on top of this silly sundae.

This reminds me of the frustration cops experience when they see people on TV news claiming they’ve been “harassed” by the police. It’s common for cops to recognize these “oppressed” folks as people they’ve arrested—often, repeatedly. Okay, I’ll give away a law enforcement secret here: Yes, cops harass criminals—though we don’t call it harassing, we call it arresting.

I remember during one shift back in the 90s, someone showed me a story in the Seattle Times. In a photo accompanying the story there was a drug dealer (well known to the precinct’s cops), with a record of multiple arrests and convictions for selling drugs, grinning, standing on the steps of the courthouse shaking hands with an equally grinning judge who was in charge of so-called, “Drug Court.” The piece touted the drug dealer as a “success story.”

We, cops, recognized him as someone many of us had investigated or arrested numerous times—or, if you’re a lefty, repeatedly “harassed.” However, the poor “former” drug “user” was a Drug Court success, so, we should give him the benefit of the doubt, right? No longer than a week after appearing in the paper, once again, cops arrested him—for selling drugs. Remember, so-called, drug courts are set up, ostensibly, to help addicts kick their addictions–which can have noble intent. However, in this case, all the cops knew this drug court “success” very well, although he also used drugs, was primarily a drug dealer.

The next time you begin to feel sorry for some “victim” of police “harassment” or “brutality,” suspend your judgment until you get the other side of the story. There are likely cops out there watching the same news story who have arrested the “victim,” probably several times.

 

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