The masses have begun to applaud the termination of the officer who “assaulted” a black teen and became the face of “police brutality” this week on social media while everyone seemed to weigh in on his actions. However, before the celebrations begin, there’s something to consider. Since it’s not in widely circulated videos, it seems to be the one thing that everyone has missed.
By now, you’ve heard of Richland County Senior Deputy Ben Fields and the incident that occurred between him and a black female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. News of his termination hit social media, and many are applauding this outcome. Those who are celebrating are the same people who put Deputy Fields’ actions on trial by public opinion over the last few days, and I’d personally like to give them a sarcastic pat on the back for what they are telling our society as a collective.
We are raising a generation of entitled brats who think they are above all authority and the law. What are we teaching “children” and young adults when a 17- or 18-year-old can disrupt a class, ignore 3 adult authority figures, and STRIKE an officer, and the officer gets fired for handling the situation?
If you are applauding the termination of Officer Fields and defending that brat, go ahead and pat yourself on the back. It’s this mindset that’s breeding disrespectful punks and causing them to get shot. Stop making kids think they are above the law and authority. You’re not doing them or society any favors.
And before anyone says, “What if that was your daughter?” I’d like to think my kid wouldn’t disrupt the class, ignore 3 authority figures, and strike a police officer. If she did, she should expect a similar reaction and even worse when mama gets hold of her. Don’t act like a badass if you’re nothing more than a “child.”
Now, this man has been terminated due to the trial of public opinion by a lot of people who don’t have all the information and have never had to do his job or one similar to it.
There are THREE videos. Watch them in slow motion. If you’ve never had to attempt to restrain or remove someone who is resisting and flailing violently, then you really shouldn’t weigh in. The “violent throw” was caused by her own momentum as she bucked against the officer. I don’t care how big or tough he is, he couldn’t have “thrown” her in such a way by his own power with where his hands were. She bucked, straightened her body, lost balance, tumbling HERSELF backwards.
— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) October 27, 2015
The above was the 3rd video that most recently came out. After you watch it, pause it and go frame by frame. Watch where his hands are. Look at her body, her posture, her movements. Then, try to do it. Try being the officer and have your body in that position and throw a full-grown woman like that. It doesn’t work. I don’t care how strong you are.
I should add, I’ve asked repeatedly for someone to state what he should have done differently. No one has given an answer. Not even the sheriff who fired him stated what the appropriate action should have been or what should have happened. Critics are quick to say what he shouldn’t have done, but give no alternate recourse. So, should he have continued to allow the class to be disrupted indefinitely? Let her do what she wants? Class went right back to normal after the incident. That speaks volumes.
Furthermore, how many potential future officers do you think are about to turn and run from this profession as fast as possible? So, in addition to the other unnecessary chaos created, our communities will also soon find themselves short on people volunteering to protect and serve. Congratulations!
Do you think officers are going to want a resource position in a school? More importantly, will such situations as this sit in the back of our officers’ minds, causing them to second guess themselves, costing precious seconds and resulting in escalations that turn detrimental? Fear of persecution by armchair quarterbacks could have devastating consequences, yet to be seen.
A cop’s life and reputation is ruined and a bunch of punks now think they are untouchable. How’s that going to work out for our society? Go ahead, if you applaud this outcome, give yourself a pat on the back for me. You are part of the problem. If you are one of the few who sees this situation for what it is, please share. There’s a lot of people who need to do some waking up before it’s too late.