By Amparo Salazar
The NYT reports about a car thief who fails to surrender, tries to make good his escape, and ends up being lead-ventilated by the police after using the stolen car as a weapon against the officers. The misunderstood entrepreneur didn’t survive his wounds. Now the advocates for slain car thieves have voiced their dismay with nonfunctional police body cameras and an alleged cover-up due to the lack blow-by-blow coverage of the event was missing, hidden, or otherwise not recorded.
Of course, the hyphenated American in this case was, you guessed it, a black male, making him an African-American. Given this designation, perpetual outrage ensued from the surrounding “community,” while the media spun a narrative critical of the police for having the audacity to actually enforce the law rather than emphasize the very poor choices the now dead Paul O’Neal made that ultimately led to his early demise. As always, the soft bigotry of low expectations applies to media coverage of racial minorities who have equal or lower expectations than the media.
But grief filled the street where Mr. O’Neal was shot. Near a makeshift memorial of teddy bears and signs, Ja’Mal Green, an activist serving as a spokesman for the family, said Mr. O’Neal’s death and others like it made it difficult to repair relations between Chicago’s police officers and its black residents.
“Once we can have some type of cameras that work and actually show our side of the story,” Mr. Green said, “and actually get these officers prosecuted and hold these officers accountable, that’s when we can start seeing a relationship between police and the community.”
Not an utterance of the recklessly criminal behavior of the dead guy from the community mouthpiece. It would be silly for an activist to even mention the bad behavior of the “victim” since it would detract from their narrative–racists police preying on innocent minorities. An admission to O’Neal’s poor choices would be on par to admitting that black communities are plagued with crime due to government subsidization of single motherhood–a leading factor that destroys the formation of black families and leaves legions of black children fatherless. An honest discussion could and probably would lead right back to the public policies that Democrats promote. What are the chances that O’Neal came from a two parent home, went to a decent school, and had never been arrested for a crime? You would be labeled a racist for even attempting to discuss such issues; it’s better to kick the brave officers in the teeth with vacuous accusations of biased enforcement than address the true societal pathogens and the public policies that sustain the chaos.
Regarding the police, allow for the investigation to go forward; the facts supported by evidence regarding the actions of the offender and the officers will come out. Let the facts determine if the officers were justified or practiced inexcusable recklessness. Address the camera issue and find out what went wrong so corrective measures can be taken. We already know what happens when you follow the same path that Marilyn Mosby took in Baltimore, so ignore the mindless banter of the mob (almost always ginned up by the media) and focus on the facts.
The NYT’s article focuses attention on a non-functional camera rather than a non-functional entrepreneur who created the mayhem from the start. No mention of the dead man’s background because it would be politically incorrect to do so. We are left to digest an anti-police narrative so typical of the New York Times. Well, at least that Facebook picture gives some insight into Mr. O’Neal’s character.