I have watched this 7-minute YouTube video Original Video by Brandon Brooks at least 4 times, in its entirety. Clearly I am not the only one, as it has been viewed over 5 million times in less than three days. I tried using different perspectives while viewing it to see if it’d change my thought process…
What if this were my daughter?
What if the officer had been African American?
What if this were my neighborhood?
What if I was this officer?
Many factors play into these scenarios, but I come to the same conclusion every time.
Seeing as this story has gone viral, there are several angles and many different people’s accounts being pushed by the media. I find it very interesting that the majority of these stories are teenagers claiming they were mistreated. Key word: TEENAGER. I have seen some clips of adults sharing what they witnessed and one common tone has come across, UNLIKE the teens.
Without viewing these videos first, wouldn’t we all agree that teenagers are
horrible awful trying individuals? They feel they know everything. They mouth off. They push the boundaries.
That being said, the teens in this video are a good example of two very different ways to handle yourself in a situation like this.
You have a couple of young men that do exactly as they are told, despite the obvious anger exuding from the officer. They try explaining to the officer that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and that they had just arrived. You’ll also probably notice their respectful tone, and what kind of interaction they have with this officer. You’ll also notice that it’s quite the opposite for the belligerent teens who refuse to do what they’re told and continue to berate the officer.
If you take race out of this scenario, don’t you simply have an officer subduing an individual who is CLEARLY resisting?
Does it matter that the individual is a child? A teenager? A female? An African American? To some, yes… yes, it’s matters extensively.
While this officer is wrestling with this individual, a crowd surrounds him. Is it not safe to assume that he may have felt threatened? Is it not his right and duty to wear a gun because his job is to uphold the law? The law that says when an officer tells you to leave – you leave. When an officer tells you to get down – you get down. He pulled his gun… on teenagers. Common sense would tell me at that point, that he means business. It shouldn’t have come to that point! That’s the problem we are facing today. People are feeling a bit entitled and want to test authority in hopes that one of the spectators will catch it on video so they can claim their case.
Miles Jai Thomas, the teen that ran up on this officer and had the gun pulled on him gives his story here: Girl Fight So now what? An ignorant white woman makes racial slurs at teenagers and gets punched in the mouth for it. Awesome, if you like violence and all that kind of stuff, but here’s another story: The Other View by Michael Quattrin from a resident of this neighborhood who claims that these kids shouldn’t have been there in the first place and it was getting out of hand quickly. Put yourself in his shoes. Can you imagine a nice evening party at the pool when loads of teens start showing up and things start getting unruly? It might be cause for concern, right? It might warrant a call to the neighborhood security guard.
I’m not sure what will happen with this story, but with the way it is heading, I don’t foresee this officer keeping his job. Apparently you have to have at least some level of temperament and professionalism to be a police officer, and not roll into a developing situation running around, waving a gun at kids and making a situation worse than the loud and rowdy kids already are.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think the officer overreacted? Do you think this was racially fueled? Or do you think the officer was doing his job and handled it accordingly?
ADDITIONS POST PUBLISHING:
This was just brought to my attention, so I’m going to just leave it here – but definitely worth looking at. More FACTS
Kisa Jackson – Real Talk
Benet Embry – Resident Defends Police