Everyone can agree that encouraging criminals only makes them commit more crimes. Aside from what you hear on CNN, criminals are not good people. The left’s constant opportunistic mentality to demonize police officers has made officers less proactive and stop conducting traffic stops as frequently, making cities across the country, even small cities, less safe for residents and tourists.
According to recent data, traffic stops are down 86%, and police aren’t as present in communities before 2020. Many factors go into this, but criminalizing normal police behavior is the top contributor.
Normal police behavior involves the use of force encounters. There’s no other way to do it. Use of force involves controlling a subject that’s not compliant. At times that’s necessary to stop crime and take someone into custody. It doesn’t mean every circumstance should involve force and the majority don’t. Police are hired and employed to deal with these situations, and the public perception of what the police are supposed to do has been so skewed that police don’t want to engage with people anymore. Police officers are being charged with crimes they never committed, and just because the public perceives a situation as violent or unnecessary doesn’t mean that’s true. The public is mainly untrained and inexperienced in interpreting police encounters, and everyone loves to “Monday morning quarterback” these encounters like they are.
The Derek Chauvin trial showed Americans a lot. It showed that regardless of evidence and circumstances, you can be convicted of murder. There were disputed claims that George Floyd died from an overdose or Chauvin’s knee on his neck. A third source should have re-evaluated those disputed evidentiary claims before ever using the evidence in court. It’s essential to consider all evidence regardless of the source of trials, especially as high profile as this one.
When it came to jury selection and public pushback on jurors, they said that public perception swayed their decision to some point. It cannot happen. When Chauvin takes his case to the appeals court, they’re going to have a hard time upholding the conviction because it wasn’t a fair trial.
Now, before you jump to an emotional conclusion with the last paragraph, this conclusion comes from taking the charges and circumstances out of the equation and looking at how the trial was conducted and how the outcome was determined.
Just look at Bill Cosby’s case. He was charged with several counts of sexual assault, and the charge was overturned because of a technicality in the trial. If you don’t think that will happen when Chauvin’s trial goes to the appeals court, you’re out of your mind.
Officer Anthony Sorangelo, an officer with the Asheville Police Department, went to a call where a man was intoxicated in the middle of a bustling road. Officer Sorangelo and other officers took the man into custody. The man started being violent with the officers, including kicking Officer Sorangelo three times, with the last being in the testicles. Officer Sorangelo punched the man in the face, which caused the police department to charge him with assault. When the State Bureau of Investigations reached out to the man, he didn’t want to press charges. Still, the District Attorney, Todd Williams, decided that the charges would continue, and the court ruled that Officer Sorangelo committed no crime. The public is responsible for upholding officers and condemning actual police misconduct.