Sergeant Kenneth Steil and Terence Crutcher

   These two stories have occurred at almost the same time, of heroic and criminal police. Both are true at once, and in order to address the problem of policing in America, we need to hold both truths at the same time. Sergeant Steil was shot with a sawed-off shotgun by a carjacker he was chasing. He was recovering, the died unexpectedly of a blood clot, just a couple days ago.

Tribute to slain Detroit Police Sgt. Ken Steil: ‘We appreciate and love you’

They called him “shark,” because he would swim with the sharks, as one must to be a Detroit cop. He reminds us of how the good police lay down their lives for the citizens every time they punch in for work, just like what Jesus says in the Gospel of John, about 15:13.

   Terence Crutcher is the man in Oklahoma shot dead by police when his car broke down. The following is a section copied off the internet article. The helicopter police says…

“…looks like a bad dude, too. Probably on something.”

This undated photo provided by the Parks & Crump, LLC shows Terence Crutcher, right, with his twin sister Tiffany. Crutcher, an unarmed black man was killed by a white Oklahoma officer Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, who was responding to a stalled vehicle© Courtesy of Crutcher Family/Parks & Crump, LLC This undated photo provided by the Parks & Crump, LLC shows Terence Crutcher, right, with his twin sister Tiffany. Crutcher, an unarmed black man was killed by a white Oklahoma officer Friday… Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, called for charges Monday.

“The big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father,” she said. “That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College, just wanting to make us proud. That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all of his flaws, every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”

Police video shows Crutcher walking toward his SUV that is stopped in the middle of the road. His hands are up and a female officer is following him. As Crutcher approaches the driver’s side of the SUV, three male officers walk up and Crutcher appears to lower his hands and place them on the vehicle. The officers surround him, making it harder to see his actions from the dashboard camera’s angle.

2 thoughts on “Sergeant Kenneth Steil and Terence Crutcher

  1. Already thee has been another shooting, in North Carolina, and the protests have tuned violent. This time, a black man was waiting for his son to get off the school bus, apparently reading a book, which was imagined to be a gun. How easily a bush supposed a bear, says Shakespeare.

    It has also come out that Terence Crutcher had “PCP,” which may have accounted for him not understanding the verbal commands of the officers. But when people do not hear or understand a command, the police do not have the right or power to shoot them. When they do, the crime may be different from murder, but it is still something. We must wok on the legal theory of this form of manslaughter or second degree murder. I have suggested earlier that when police act outside their office, they are under law just like every other citizen. Yet they are there to begin with, opposing crime, and perhaps making errors, because they are serving the people, or the citizens. Criminal use of their badge is something different still, but again this is allowed to occur when the police need not consider the Bill of Rights. But something more is needed. Unlike civil equality, when the civil liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights is violated, nothing happens, because the legislative does not control the executive branches. Something needs to happen, and something new be put in place.

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