What word to describes this policeman’s action to shoot sixteen bullets at someone armed with a knife while walking away from the officer? Is the right word a police crime, a massacre, an atrocity, or something else?

Reading the Chicago Tribune articles of the details of the killing and the jury selection process taking place this week saddens me and probably millions of Americans. Having served my community as an auxiliary police officer, I can not help but have empathy and compassion for both the victim, police officer, their families, and everyone living in similar war zone communities of not only Chicago but in many cities in our Nation.

The purpose of this post is to compare the circumstances of this killing to another atrocity that occurred fifty years ago and to voice my opinion of this sad occurrence.

Is it wise or foolish to compare this shooting to another American atrocity, you decide? What caused the circumstances, I do not know? However, there appears to be similarities on how leadership tried to keep it from public knowledge, silent witnesses, and perhaps even combat fatigue,

The difference was how a military court sentenced versus a jury trial and the current outcry and threats of activists for justice, deserves consideration of the core problems police in war Zone gang neighbors experience daily, in my opinion.

King Solomon Ecclesiastes KJV

Excerpts Chapter One 

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

10 Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

What’s My Point?

Our vanities of “presentism,” the vanity to believe that we know better than past generations mistakes, keep reoccurring generation after generation.

When will we wise up and face the honest truth of this sad occurrence? We seem to expect police to be superheroes to solve the gang wars. When the honest truth is they are mere mortals being sent into a war zone environment and are subject to the same human failings that occur in every war.

For example, if you compare the actions that occurred in the Vietnam War My Lia atrocity, in my opinion, there is a direct correlation of events of how our military serviceman acted under stress of built up war anger that led to the atrocity.

During this war, millions of Americans were silent witnesses until activists against the war became news headlines.

My point about “silent witnesses” in a previous post is the reason for this post.

In My Opinion

In a previous post series titled, King Solomon, Street-Smart, or Sinful Silence, I named who and why we are all responsible for this tragedy. The honest truth is that our current laws are not adequate to address gang violence and crime taking place in communities war zones in our Nation.

What word we describe this tragedy is all of the words I questioned. But the honest truth is that the I excluded the words madness and folly which are the best words.

Also, keep in mind that many police officers work side jobs same as many people who want to achieve personal lifestyles that money affords.

The difference between police officer not getting sufficient rest and some other persons job or profession is that it is a medically proven fact that minds and judgment become fatigued. There is a difference in risks of an employee who have to carry a gun and make life or death judgments when fatigued from working too long hours.

Fatigue, stress, fear, and anger may lead to some foolish decisions.

If Interested

Read in the Source Links below about the My Lia massacre and the verdicts of the Military Courts.  Then read the previous post series about sinful silent witnesses.

You Decide

Is there a direct correlation or fair analogy in these two massacres, atrocities, or whatever word that can possibly describe these human failings and follies?

How would you judge Van Dyke if you were on a jury after reading the Source Links?

Are my opinions on these issues’ madness and folly, or perhaps have some basis of honest truth?

Is it time to include ancient wisdom school courses and school vouchers as educational choices to help reunite our Nation to understand what our Nation’s founders envisioned of “freedom and liberty for all,” even when they live in poorer war zone neighborhoods.

Regards and good will blogging.

Source Links

My Lai Massacre


Honest Truth


Medical Definition of combat fatigue

post-traumatic stress disorder occurring under wartime conditions (as combat) that cause intense stress — called also battle fatigueshell shockwar neurosis

(Source Merriam Webster)

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