What if the Main Stream Media (MSM) reported police deaths similar to when a civilian gets shot by police?
AUSTIN—A civilian shot and killed a police officer today after a brief encounter near his house. John Doe had been walking on Main Street when suddenly a policeman grabbed his arm and began yelling at him. Doe attempted to talk calmly to the police officer, but the policeman quickly pulled out a gun and pointed it at Doe. Doe then pulled out his own service revolver and shot the incoherent policeman.
John Doe Officer Mack Johnson
The policeman, identified as Officer Mack Johnson, had been reprimanded a number of times by his boss and had on his record several past domestic disputes with his wife. It is also reported that he walked a number of meal tickets at local restaurants and had been seen numerous times hanging around a local high school near a large group of young girls.
Several neighbors tried to console Doe after the shooting and eventually called EMS to aid Officer Johnson who died on the way to the hospital.
Social media has been livid about the incident. Numerous popular organizations tweeted their support of Doe:
Doe, married and the father of three children works at the Good Samaritan cafeteria. Workers describe him as a friendly, caring man with an impeccable work history.
Ruth Bender witnessed the shooting. "The man (Doe) was just walking along minding his business and this police officer ran up and began babbling obscenities at him. Next thing I know the cop had a gun out and was waving it around wildly. I feared for my life, but luckily the other man also had a gun and defended himself and the neighborhood. Who knows whether any kids could have been hurt if he had not acted?"
The police department expressed its concern about the confrontation and Doe's uncle, Bradly Doe, promised to launch an investigation into the incident and assures the public he will report the findings in a timely, transparent manner. After a preliminary inspection of Officer Johnson's house, Bradly Doe stated he found numerous large caliber weapons, vests, military and gun publications as well as materials that could be used to manufacture explosive devices (fertilizer, bleach).
John Doe has been temporarily suspended by the Samaritan and will take a paid vacation until the investigation is completed.
The Thurber Brigade again regrets getting off-track by presenting another sidestep (and believe it or not, there might be one more coming up). However, this is getting ridiculous. Over 550 civilians have been killed by police so far this year (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database#) In the UK, only 55 civilians have been killed in 25 years! Something has to be done. I've written a few articles about reform (http://hubpages.com/politics/Police-ReformPart-II) and until there is reform, there will be more eye-for-eye incidents and more people killed. I can't change anything because I am not a government official, but at least I can say something and maybe one day, enough other people will say something and those in power will do something. Plus, there has to be balance in news reporting. These days the media doesn't help because they present such a biased view of the victim. So don't just sit there and say there's nothing you can do. Say something. It's a start.