SEEDING and COMMENTARY
by GREGG L. DesELMS
Here we go, again, with misleading both headlines and story leads that screw around with cause and effect! It's starting to make me so angry: And isn't it interesting that the Raw Story website (which I love, by the way) is so often involved!
The overarching suggestion is that the father's calling police on his son is what got him shot by police. As usual, that's not true. Yes, the father's calling police was the proximate cause of police looking for the truck and treating it as stolen (and its driver as the likely theif), but, as the story finally admits, it was the teen's behavior once confronted by police that did him in.
FROM THE STORY: Police chased Tyler Comstock onto the Iowa State University campus and set up a blockade that resulted in Comstock ramming Officer McPherson’s vehicle. McPherson ordered Comstock to shut off his truck, and when he refused to comply, McPherson shot at him six times.
BACK TO MY WORDS: What part of that when the police tell you to jump up and down on one foot with your finger up your butt, whistling the tune from Rocky II (if that happens to be what they order you to do) do people not understand that they *MUST* do... at least for as long as it's an exigent moment? Whether police are justified has nothing to do with it, AS LONG AS IT'S STILL AN EXIGENT MOMENT!
Exigency is the key to it all. In the brief exigent moment of police not knowing who's who or what's what, and they are acting pursuant to their training that's intended to protect not only themselves, but all others, as well, one must do EXACTLY as police say; and keep one's hands where they can be seen by police at all times; and one *MUST* comply with *ALL* police orders, no matter how seemingly unreasonable or offensive. Period.
Once the exigency of the moment has passed, and things are more under control -- or, better yet, in Court -- is when one gets protest, or explain, or invoke one's rights.
This stupid, got-what-he-deserved kid...
1) Led police on a chase; and,
2) rammed a police blockade; and,
3) refused to comply with police when they told him to stand-down from his criminal behavior, specifically refusing to turn off the very thing which had just rammed a police vehicle and put officers' lives in danger. He was also, no doubt, not keeping his hands where they could be seen so that officers could know that he wasn't about to produce a weapon.
So they klled him... dead... AS IS THEIR TRAINING!
The kid is not dead because his father called police... or even because his so doing might have been an attempt to teach the kid some kind of lesson. The kid is dead because he had seen too many TV shows and movies wherein running from police, ramming police blockades, and effectively telling police to pound sand when they're pointing weapons and giving orders has no real consequences; and so kids, today, think it's okay to do.
Well, it is *NOT* okay to do; and this stupid kid paid with his life to learn that. Publications like Raw Story and/or Salon misattributing the death to the actions of the father -- or to anyone other than the kid, himself, for that matter -- just helps to drive home the wrong point with kids...
...and, I dare say, puts more kids' lives in danger!
Shame both Raw Story and Salon for this horrible reporting.