When a Jeffersontown High School student assaulted a police officer on campus Wednesday, the young thug became intimately acquainted with an officer’s stun gun. Now, an edited video has surfaced online, which purports to show an instance of police brutality at the Kentucky high school, but as usual, there is much more to the story than meets the eye.
According to Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Allison Martin, a school resource officer broke up a lunchroom altercation between two students, who were fighting over a pair of headphones at Jeffersontown High School on Wednesday, but when one of the students tried to attack the officer, the cop was forced to call for backup. The situation escalated when the resource office tried to lead one of the students off campus and was subsequently attacked by the student’s brother and a few others.
The brother was apparently upset that his sibling was being arrested and led off campus, according to Jeffersontown Police Chief Ken Hatmaker. The brother refused to listen to officers when they instructed him to calm down and go back to the school. Then, he “sucker-punched” one of the officers in the head and slammed him against a wall, according to The Maven.
In response, the officers used force in order to subdue him, but of course, video footage if the incident has been grossly edited to make it appear as though the officers were using excessive force with the student for no good reason. The footage doesn’t show the student striking the cop or slamming him against the wall, which justifies the officers tasing and subduing him.
The video shows three men, who appear to be the Jeffersontown police officers, on the ground trying to subdue a student. One officer kicks the student twice, though Hatmaker characterized the movement as an acceptable “knee strike” meant to get the student to stop resisting arrest.
The video then appears to jump to a moment involving the stun gun. Some students gathered in the hallway scream, yell and question why the officer used the weapon, though it’s unclear from the video if it was discharged.
Hatmaker acknowledged some of the actions on the video were aggressive but said they were warranted given the large crowd and the assault on the officer. [Source: Courier Journal]
According to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, athletes ought to “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem to protest this sort of “discrimination” by the police. However, what Kaepernick does not realize is the immense disservice he is doing for black youths, like the ones in this video, by perpetuating the narrative that the police officers unfairly target black people.
Even though statistics do not support the narrative that law enforcement officers unfairly target minorities, young black men are largely taught to distrust authority and resist the police if they are confronted. This ultimately leads to incidents like the one caught on tape at Jeffersontown High School. The students involved in this altercation are fortunate that it took place in a controlled setting; if the fight had unfolded on the street, it could have ended with much more permanent consequences for the suspects.
Perhaps the best lesson that black youths could possibly be taught at this moment in time is to respect authority. Police officers don’t suit up and risk their lives each day in order to victimize minorities. These are some of the most selfless citizens in our communities. However, if they are put in a position where they must choose between their own safety or that of a young thug, the choice is clear. These are men and women who only want to return to their families at the end of the day; they aren’t looking for trouble.
Many black lives could have been saved if only they had listened to the cops when they were confronted. A bit of respect goes a long way. If Colin Kaepernick and his ilk truly want to make a difference in the lives of minorities, this is the lesson they should be teaching. Kaepernick is right in that he has a tremendous platform. However, the way he is currently using it only intensifies racial division in our country. Ultimately, he is part of the problem, not the solution.