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Perfect example of why police shouldn't be called to deal with what I'll call a nuisance complaint - and why communities need alternative responders better trained to deal with such problems.

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Simple solution - do as the police say !

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Simple solution - do as the police say !

Exactly!

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The fact that a tazer was even used on a man who was unarmed and already detained exposes the fact of totally inadequate training and poor hiring practices. If they tested him for sobriety they surely already suspected he wasn't sober. Drunk people are volatile. But drunk people are not Superman. If two or more officers cannot take down a drunk man resisting arrest without a tazer, I suggest a new job in pizza delivery.

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The Avenger - Perfect example of why police shouldn't be called to deal with what I'll call a nuisance complaint

Driving under the influence of alcohol, or drugs, is not a nuisance complaint. Rayshard Brooks passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle. People reported the situation to the police. Brooks was given a sobriety test, which he failed. Brooks was going to lose his drivers license. Brooks chose to become combative, and resisted arrest. Brooks was tasered by an officer, but it had no affect on him. Not surprising given his state of inebriation. Brooks stole a Taser from an officer, and eventually pointed the weapon at the other officers. That was an extremely stupid thing to do.

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Driving under the influence of alcohol, or drugs, is not a nuisance complaint.

He was not driving when police arrived. He was not even on a public road. For all anyone knows he may have been drinking only in the parking lot and drive thru. Basically, I see this as resisting false arrest, which though dangerous, is your right. How is sleeping in your car when drunk a crime worthy of arrest? Oh, I can hear the "but maybe later he would's" coming already! Anybody might do anything later!

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In a civilized society he'd have been allowed to sleep it off.

Remind me to never visit Georgia for any reason.

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If you follow the law, you don’t have anything to worry about, that simple.

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Atlanta police chief resigns after fatal police shooting

https://news.yahoo.com/authorities-man-killed-atlanta-police-123407438.html

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Waiting for the drug lords to resign.

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I was taught at a very early age that if you steal any gun from a cop and then point that gun at said cop you will get shot 10 out of 10 times. 

Nothing matters except the very, very bad decision made to point a cop's gun back at him while running away. This was a legitimate shooting.

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Simple solution - do as the police say !

Simpler solution: abolish the police.

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Simpler solution: abolish the police.

Says the drug dealer.

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Likely the police were indecisive about what methods they are allowed to use these days to restrain the person who is actively resisting them.

Indecision resulting in him escaping their grasp and ending up shot.

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Watch as BLM, ANTIFA, lefties, Democrat supporters, Anarchists try and turn the facts of what appears to be a legitimate shooting - follow the law, don't resist arrest, don't point any type of gun at a cop.

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If you follow the law, you don’t have anything to worry about, that simple.

I'm not sure why anyone has to explain to you that any killing of black people provoked by the police at the height of the Floyd tensions is an incendiary act, and if police abuse their power and kill someone, they're further feeding the flames of the volatile climate in America. Peacefully, they could have tracked down the man they killed. It wasn't a necessary police action death, and the support of it sickens me.

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Wonder what would happen if all the Police forces Globally went on Strike to protest ?

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follow the law, don't resist arrest, don't point any type of gun at a cop.

Tell it to Breonna Taylor. We have gotten where we are today precisely because of this attitude of deferring to the cops no matter what they do, and in fact, willful ignorance of what they do. That's why they are power-tripping.

Its a rare media outlet that will even tell you of Ray Rosas, who shot 3 cops that burst into his home with a military style flash bang grenade as if America is war zone. He spent 2 years in jail but was finally found not guilty by reason of self defence. One might think that obvious but the guy was facing 3 attempted capital murder charges. For all we know he might only be alive today because he fired at those armed intruders. Aiyana Jones was not so lucky when police got the wrong duplex and flash banged her grandma who then, in the temporary deafness and blindness that caused ran into cops who then shot Aiyana in the head. In fact, this man might have been killed in any case just like George Floyd, subdued with a knee on his neck. And Floyd is not a rare case. They did not even give Tamir Rice a chance to respond appropriately. They rushed him and he was instigated to make the "wrong" move.

So your advice is no guarantee of anything with U.S. cops.

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Says the drug dealer.

Drug dealers have voluntary customers. Good luck unsubscribing from police "service".

And remember kids, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away. A literal crackhead might have a better response time if you actually need some help.

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What is it going to take to stop racist police killing blacks in the USA? Clearly the threat of being fired means nothing to them. They will be backed up by the crooked police union , and their legal team funded handsomely by the general public.

For real justice, this killer should be turned over to the black community.

Always remember George Floyd.

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What is it going to take to stop racist police killing blacks in the USA? 

Never take a taser -- that was stolen off a cop -- to a gunfight.

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Never take a taser -- that was stolen off a cop -- to a gunfight.

You dont shoot someone dead who only has a taser. The USA should learn that you dont kill first and ask questions later. The crooked cop was rightly fired, with further charges coming. Wouldn't want to be him now.

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People feeling all weepy about the perp needs to closely watch the videos surround this incident (they are now posted on YT).

The moment the criminal fired the purloined taser at the officer, he became a lethal threat and was dispatched accordingly.

Spoiler alert: The legal system will exonerate the officer in this case.

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The moment the criminal fired the purloined taser at the officer, he became a lethal threat

I already made the point about that when police have tazers they tell us they are non-lethal, but when its anyone else its suddenly a lethal threat.

I watched three separate videos, each more horrible than the last as far as showing all the details. The body cam footage of one of the cops showed another cop first fishing for an arrest and not telling Mr. Brooks that if he fails the preliminary breathalyzer he will be arrested and cuffed. Nope. He keeps asking Mr. Brooks if he will do it just as part of his investigation. Then its suddenly, "I think you had too much to drink to be driving. Put your hands behind your back for me." That's how you escalate things and they do it on purpose. Then the incompetent cops cannot restrain him, they taze him, he grabs the tazer and runs several yards with the cops chasing him before he turns around at all. None that BS was necessary. Its no wonder the chief resigned. She has a brain and does not want to be a party to the lies and obfuscations that are going to spark violent protests over this, another gross abuse of power and force by cops trying to turn everything into the crime of the century.

And I say again, he was not driving when they found him. And as for him failing the preliminary electronic breathalyzer, those things are garbage. And I too failed an even better test after drinking on an empty stomach as it appears he did, despite not being over the limit at the time. Plus he was obviously sleepy and that does not help.

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I am getting sick and tired of Progressive/Democrat cities targeting black Americans with their violently oppressive police tactics. They hire a largely White male police force and insert them into majority black communities to what end? Atlanta’s leaders are silent in their complicity by turning loose racist police to systemically attack black males. Their silence (and unwillingness to admit their culpability) = violence.

Progressives have a history of targeting the black community going back 100 years through Margaret Sangers introduction of abortion clinics in black communities to their theories on biological and genetic indicators of criminality - which was particularly harsh on black Americans and Jews. And let’s face it - it is the Democrats that have always supported slavery and Jim Crow. They had their own paramilitary force, the Klan, to enforce their racialized views. Nothing has changed in the 200 years of the Democrat party.

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@Nick Nalzano: I already made the point about that when police have tazers they tell us they are non-lethal, but when its anyone else its suddenly a lethal threat.

Police also carry guns. A cop who is disabled by a taser can be easily disarmed by someone who through their actions has proven they are aggressively violent.

But ask yourself this, why did the Atlanta authorities send white police officers who have obviously been trained to target black citizens, to respond to this particular suspect? Why did the authorities in Atlanta, dominated by Progressives, make it a crime to sleep in your car drunk on the premises of a private business in the middle of the night? They could have sent an unarmed minority community organizer to address what should not really be a crime in the first place. That person could have brought food and a blanket to the poor man.

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Republicans have been in power for over 3/5 of the past presidential terms. 60%. They militarized the police and put in policies that allowed the police to murder suspects with impunity.

And the moron crew would have us believe that this is a Democrat problem. Ok Team Gaslighters.

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Strangerland: Republicans have been in power for over 3/5 of the past presidential terms.

Presidents do not control cities and the vast majority of America’s major cities are controlled by Dems. This is an attempt at deflecting responsibility. We have seen the power of Federalism by the Progressives embrace of States Rights arguments to justify sanctuary cities. These Progressives have successfully thwarted the Federal government from even enforcing a law delegated solely to the national government.

They militarized the police and put in policies that allowed the police to murder suspects with impunity.

States and cities did not have to accept equipment from the military. These Progressive leaders specifically asked the military for specific types of equipment. They also specifically utilized the equipment themselves- it wasn’t the President of either party directing its use. Again doesn’t this show an attempt to shift blame for the affirmative actions of local and state government officials? If Progressives didn’t want armored personnel carriers, why get they ask for them?

And the moron crew would have us believe that this is a Democrat problem. Ok Team Gaslighters.

Calling people morons doesn’t help your argument. I would ask as well, who is gaslighting who? Are we meant to believe that Republican presidents, and only Republican presidents, over some unspecified period of time are solely responsible for the actions within the purview of state and local government officials? I should also make the point that Republicans generally believe in federalism whereas Progressives do not. Who is micromanaging who?

Avoiding holding those in political control of police training, hiring, and tactics is not going to make positive change. Neither will defunding police and establishing zones outside of government control within cities. We should want better law instead of the removal of law. I would also suggest lessening the laws that control people’s freedoms - controls that increase interactions between the police and citizens. For example, selling loose cigarettes led to the death of a man by police in Cuomo’s and deBlasios NY. The government outlawed this to prevent tax avoidance in a product already taxed.

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He was not driving when police arrived. He was not even on a public road. For all anyone knows he may have been drinking only in the parking lot and drive thru. Basically, I see this as resisting false arrest, which though dangerous, is your right. How is sleeping in your car when drunk a crime worthy of arrest? Oh, I can hear the "but maybe later he would's" coming already! Anybody might do anything later!

He was asleep at the wheel in a drive thru line with his car on. Please watch the police body cam footage, you can learn a lot from everything that happened. He was alone. He had to drive to that point. Cops gave a sobriety test which is perfectly normal in the entire World in the same circumstance especially if you smell like alcohol. If you fail, you get arrested.

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Well yeah, because Republicans have shown themselves to be utter failures at running large cities. That's why they rarely get elected to run them. People prefer the party of fiscal responsibility - the Democrats.

So at least you can agree that Progressives control the cities that are brutalizing black citizens. As for the fiscal responsibility part - do you seriously believe that? Detroit, Chicago? Republicans aren’t very fiscally responsible at the federal level - i wholeheartedly agree. But the worst cases of fiscal local mismanagement are again, in cities controlled by Progressives. That’s not even a close argument.

Says the guy who is literally arguing how his party - responsible for the laws of the land, isn't responsible for the land falling into lawlessness.

Ok- I don’t belong to a party but I am conservative (unlike the Republicans). A blanket statement stating that, presumably, Republicans and Republicans alone are responsible for all laws of the land is bizarre and out of touch with reality. Only the furthest Left extremist could possibly buy such an objectly incorrect view. You aren’t making any sense again.

And again!

Can you back up the argument that Progressive cities are forced to select, receive, and use military equipment?

You can't fix morons.

Plus I enjoy it.

So far you seem to enjoy making outlandish statements that you are unable to support through either logic or facts. In most cases you prefer name calling over reason. You are not gaining anything by debate but if it makes you feel good about your misinformed opinions - I guess there is that.

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Nick Balzano - He was not driving when police arrived. He was not even on a public road. For all anyone knows he may have been drinking only in the parking lot and drive thru.

Are you actually advocating for driving under the influence?

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Nick Balzano - And I say again, he was not driving when they found him. And as for him failing the preliminary electronic breathalyzer, those things are garbage. And I too failed an even better test after drinking on an empty stomach as it appears he did, despite not being over the limit at the time.

That explains it. Thanks for the prompt reply.

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