I am not a fan of sci-fi movies but I have seen snippets of a few.

I can recall scenes from movies where aliens inhabit earthlings’ bodies and take total control of their actions.

I am beginning to wonder if some police officers in the United States of America are under the control of an external, supernatural force.

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I am serious!  Some of their actions simply defy logic.

Some of their actions are so illogical that the only plausible explanation I can contemplate is external control by an alien or supernatural force.

How else can the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks be explained?

It does not make sense that in midst of worldwide protests specifically over the needless killing of a helpless black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer and police racism towards people of African descent generally, that another white police officer would choose to shoot and kill Rayshard Brooks, a black man!

And what was Mr. Brooks’ crime? Brace yourself! He fell asleep in his car in the drive-thru at a fast-food outlet and disarmed an officer of his Taser while being arrested after failing sobriety tests.

To be fair, Rayshard Brooks pointed the Taser at the officer while running away from the scene. He was shot twice in the back.

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It just seems to me that normal police officers would be extremely circumspect in executing their duties in the prevailing atmosphere of outrage over allegations of racist policing and use of excessive force in interactions with African-American males!

If Rayshard Brooks was shot in the leg after pointing the Taser at the officer, I suppose a case could be made that the officer acted in self-defence, but two shots in his back is a totally different matter.

The police action defies logic and demonstrates a lack of appreciation for what worldwide protests are about. Indeed, one may argue Rayshard Brooks’ killing is another justification, if one was needed, for the protests and police reform.

As a Jamaican, there is something else I don’t understand.

Why was it necessary to call the police because Rayshard Brooks fell asleep in his car in the drive-thru? Couldn’t someone have knocked on the car window in an attempt to rouse him?

The whole sorry episode has a supernatural feel about it.

Another strange thing about police killings of African-American males is the fact it is not restricted to one state or city. It is practically nationwide which suggests systemic, institutionalized deficiencies in law enforcement at state, county and city levels.

One thing is certain, whatever the cause of law enforcement’s systemic issues, it is not a good look for a country that delights in lecturing other countries on how to conduct their affairs.


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