The proliferation of security cameras means that almost every angle of our public lives is captured on video. That’s part of why we’ve seen such an increase in the attention being paid to officer involved shootings. And, as you’ll see in the video below, some of them are clearly justified–no matter what the arm-chair experts would have you believe.
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This is footage of the deadly encounter Jawari Porter, in Cincinnati, had with the police recently The Cincinnati PD released it in an attempt to quell rumors that were swirling about how they’d handled what could have very well have turned into another round of anti-cop violence.
Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac described this as “a vicious, violent attack.” 25-year-old Jawari Porter entered a Kroger grocery store and stuck a knife up to the throat of a security guard. Jawari Porter was black, too, for what it’s worth.
We don’t know what Porter said to the guard, but it wasn’t friendly. The guard didn’t panic, though, and Porter eased past him and out the door. Porter crossed the street, and was walking down the sidewalk when a police car pulled up.
The officers attempted to exit the vehicle, but Porter ran at them and started to attack them. He lunged into the driver’s side door, pinning that officer inside. He’s swinging violently.
It is no surprise that the cops fought back, killing Porter.
But black lives matter. Even those who are willing to take the lives of others, indiscriminately. “We contend the police-orchestrated escalation led to an avoidable killing,” Black Lives Matter Cincinnati wrote in their press release.
“Police-orchestrated escalation.” A man puts a knife to another man’s throat and threatens violence. Then the police are called. I’m not sure I see the escalation, unless it involves the police actually arriving on scene, doing their jobs.
“No efforts were made to get mental health professionals on the scene and no serious effort was made to subdue/contain, rather than kill Jawari Porter.”
“No serious effort was made to subdue/contain” Porter because Porter was on top of an officer. He’d pinned him in the car. He had a knife. In situations like this, there is very little time for adequate containment, and no time for mental health evaluations.
At best, Porter’s death should be considered suicide by cop. This isn’t the first run-in he’d had with police, and it isn’t the first time he’s attacked innocent bystanders. He attacked this woman in a casino.
It is interesting to note that Porter wasn’t found fit to stand trial for that assault. And yet he wasn’t effectively contained, either. The system here is obviously broken, but–in this instance–race doesn’t seem to have had anything to do with the response of the police.