But the chief said he ultimately decided Miller’s mistakes required his firing. While he said he had “serious concerns” about Miller’s use of deadly force, Johnson said it would be up to a grand jury to decide whether Miller’s actions were criminal.
I’m not going to talk much about the story cited above but instead I will be talking about the “Use of Deadly Force”. For the most part this is probably an American thing. I’m sure that we are number one in the world of unarmed citizens being killed by police. Our obsession with guns in American culture also contributes greatly to this phenomenon. Besides the loss life, which is tragic, the loss respect and even down right fear of a policeman is very worrisome.
To me, but what do I know, the basic problem seems to be that one of the endemic characteristics of some who join police forces is a power trip. They want to be the top alpha dog who is feared for their power. They have the gun and can most often, at least in the past, can use it against you whenever they “feel threatened” which seems to be often for far too many.
I need to stop here and say as loudly as I can that no not all policemen fit this description. I’m sure the vast majority of them are loving and caring folks who do indeed want to “protect and serve”. If I believe some of the stories I hear very few of them use their deadly weapons in their careers. I personally know one retired police officer who is the kindest and gentlest person I know.
The problem is that we seem to do a very miserable job of culling out those extreme alpha males from the ranks of the wanna-be police officers. And when they do join the forces they are fiercely protected even when they misuse their power and kill innocent people. The “thin blue line” that says we protect one of our own at all costs is a mistake. One indication of this is the total disdain that most officers apparently have for their internal affairs divisions. Why, if you believe all the cop shows out there, are those who police the police so despised? If they hate those who police them then why should they be surprised that so many of us don’t hold them in respect?