Not a fan of escalation. Still, depends on the climate of the area. I don’t hate cops but I hate when cops abuse the privileges allocated to them.
Well, not all areas are the same. For example, if I live in an area which is targeted by police from out of the area on a campaign to eliminate small crimes with great force (broken window theory), it might become a toxic enough environment where it’s almost justifiable.
I remember how certain white police treated certain black communities (that the white police didn’t live in) in New Jersey, USA in the 90s.
The police were using what’s now an outdated concept: “Broken Window theory” – that if you stop tiny crimes with force, like broken windows or jaywalking, you’ll prevent bigger crimes.
I believed it too for a short time as it was presented logically.. But when I thought it through it stopped being logical.
Anyway, things escalated, citizens ended up getting shot for no good reason and citizens fought back, leaving into a spiral of escalation that those communities were stuck in up to a few years ago. I *think* Obama put some policies in place (no more free tanks for cops) that drastically reduced the back-and-forth violence but I don’t know what’s happened since.
I think if I was a black American male living in a targeted community, I’d probably use my 2nd amendment rights as a citizen for protection.
But it shouldn’t be necessary.
Americans like their 2nd amendment rights. I can’t shoot a gun straight so it never did much for me (bad vision) and I’m more the “go ahead and hunt legally” thing rather than militia stuff. Never understood the militia thrill thing.
Agreed. Law enforcement should be around to help citizens, not be at war with citizens.
Side-side hill: Those fighting for American 2nd Amendment rights should unequivocally 100% support that right for all Americans and not just white dudes in cowboy hats and paramilitary gear otherwise you are unAmerican and unPatriotic.
You can love your country (as an ideal) to hate how it’s working now. It’s saying “current America isn’t America and needs to change”.
It’s no coincidence that ambulances are used as a psychological tactic and for community “look how bad those protesters are” tactic in big cities.
Ambulances *always* show up at a known protest rather than using another route (which they would use in a real emergency).
“Hey there’s a protest at [street] – use [other street]”
That said, there’s no way to know for sure but I understand the skepticism of the protestors. It’s a hand that has gotten overplayed and used too often for propaganda.
I don’t do protests and I’d move if I did. But I understand why they might call bullshit on it.
Also, this is a propaganda video.
a) went viral (first sign – it was put together to tap into common sentiments)
b) look at the profile of the poster. Fake pic, anti-Obama = probably racist.
This doesn’t mean you are. Not at all. But the original video poster is counting on tapping into a sentiment of some kind. Your sentiment is for the possibility of stopping a hurt person from needing hospital. A good moral sentiment. But some share it for more nefarious reasons.
Ambulances actually get through FASTER through protest crowds than through vehicle traffic.
In short, it’s really a non-issue. Just a propaganda tool.
Point is, they’ll still end up moving, even if fellow protestors or officials move them and it’ll be faster for the EMS than if cars were there.
Can’t fix all opinions but the EMS is thankfully still able to do their job.
They’re not really blocking it though. Cars block ambulances more than people can.
The day good news is a surprise is a day you know we’ve been in bad times…