Somewhere between this situation and Minneapolis? Should the officer's faces have been blurred also? Should that situation have been left to the justice system after the fact?
Using "technically" to explain uneven application of the law is one of my pet peeves. "He was acquitted because of a technicality" and similar excuses just fly all over me. The law doesn't make the distinction of location. How are violations handled when small town folks are in the big city and don't know the unspoken rules? Do unspoken rules override black letter law?No. She doesn't technically have any expectation of privacy. But, what is privacy? In a big city, privacy is odd. It is given by not making eye contact with those you are in close contact with. Letting them have their bubble. "Not engaging" is an unspoken rule. A person on a walking/jogging path having a private moment with their dog ain't expecting any interaction.
If they are capable of producing that one interaction under stress that means it was there all along, just well hidden. I honestly don't believe that if I was in the same situation that it would even occur to me to make it about race. I'd stick to the fear and danger aspect of it. We are seeing more people every day who are showing their true colors because it is more acceptable to be a raging asshole racist. "There are good people on both sides" emboldens them, and by protecting them or their identities we're just enabling them more. There is a reason the Klan wore hoods and worked under cover of darkness. In Minneapolis, I have grave doubts that legal mechanisms would have accomplished a damn thing beyond maybe firing the officers after months of legal wrangling. Multiple complaints and use of force incidents hadn't done anything over the last 2 decades.And, "social justice", for all its power and ability to accomplish what normal legal mechanisms cannot do, tends to judge a person as a human being, based on one interaction.
... Is it fair to judge someone so harshly? And, if so, are there any exceptions?
The only exception I can think of would be a head injury.