Thursday, April 21, 2016

This is the Worst

[TRIGGER WARNING: DROWNING, DEATH, RACISM]

This is seriously one of the worst things I've ever read about in my life.

Sheriff Claimed Cops Were Heroes For Trying To Save 3 Black Girls From Drowning But Dashcam Show They Watched Them Scream As They Drowned

That is a really long headline but honestly how else do you adequately present such a horrific... event. Incident. Lack of incident? Pulling down of one's pants and shitting all over the idea of justice?

Three children. Drowned. Died horrifically. Trapped in a car. And none of the cops did anything to try to help them. They just stood around talking about how the girls were done for.

The video skips ahead at one point. It's difficult to tell how long the officers watched, doing nothing, commenting on their screams, but it takes a decent amount of time for a car to sink into water. They could have done something. They could have swam out there and tried. It was just a pond, there was no danger for the officers. But they didn't. They just make comments in a tone of voice of someone watching paint dry. They don't care. Do they even see these girls as human?

I don't understand. One officer says "I heard yelling." Of course you heard yelling. If they couldn't get out of the car then they would be done for. They'd scream for help. But none of you tried to help.

And then you lied about it. Said you tried to help them when your dash cam was on, showing how you just stood around or sat in your cars.

Somehow this seems worse to me than shooting people of color dead. It's one thing to shoot a person claiming you feared for your life, and it's another to watch three girls sink to their deaths, however long that took, and do nothing. Did they deserve to die for running a red light? Or do you just not see any people of color as human, even if they're teen girls?

If you had any doubt that cops don't see black people as people, here you go.

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