I’ve said before that police have a tough job. Everything they do, they’re probably going to make someone mad. If they arrest someone or write them a ticket, they’ve made someone mad. If they just take a report, they’re making someone mad because all they can do is take a report. I mean, it’s like the poor folks can’t win for losing.
To top it off, there are people openly advocating for the murder of police officers in this country just because they’re police officers.
Recently, a couple of guys in Jackson, MS apparently tried their hand at killing a cop. It didn’t work out well for them.
The Maven provides some context:
The incident occurred just after 1 a.m. at a Valero gas station, when a Jackson police officer pulled over a white SUV for a traffic violation, WAPT reported.
The officer made contact with the driver, 30-year-old Elliot Reed. Reed’s brother, 26-year-old Chauncey Reed, was riding in the front passenger seat.
The officer was seen speaking with Elliot, while standing inside the open door of Elliot’s vehicle, surveillance footage showed.
Elliot then stepped out of the SUV, and a struggle ensued between him and the officer.
The officer grabbed Elliot around his legs at one point, and the men fell against the open door and a nearby vehicle.
Chauncey jumped out of the passenger side of the vehicle, and made his way towards the altercation.
The men struggled with the officer, and forced him backwards through a small space between the open SUV door and a nearby vehicle.
Elliot grabbed the officer, while Chauncey reached back inside the SUV.
It seems clear to me that the Reed brothers didn’t intend to let the officer walk away from the altercation. At one point, you see one of the men had gotten something resembling a firearm–an AK-pattern pistol from the looks of it–out of the SUV.
In other words, it sure looks from here like the officer’s life was in danger.
Luckily for the officer, he’s a policeman in the United States where we believe good guys should be armed. As such, he had an equalizer that allowed him to take on two large men effectively.
The results are clear. Good guys 1, Bad Guys 0.
I’ll take that score any day.
Now, unsurprisingly, there are those who think the officer was out of line by using his weapon. They’re convinced the Reed brothers were good boys who “didn’t do nothing” wrong. Damn the video showing Chauncey Reed exiting the vehicle and clearly attacking the officer. That alone condemns him. Regardless of what else was taking place, you just don’t do that.
If the officer was out of line for either the stop or trying to arrest Elliot Reed, you don’t get to jump him as he struggles with your brother. The moment you do, you now make it two-on-one.
Those who think the Reed boys didn’t do anything to harm the officer are lying to themselves. If the roles had been reversed, if two cops had done that to one of the Reed boys, what would they have thought? I think we all know the problem would be police brutality in their minds. The Reed brothers are getting a pass because they’re friends and family, not because they were necessarily right.
Which is why the family’s opinions of “good boys” is completely meaningless to anyone.