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Do we have the courage to consider alternate vantage points?

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By Rev. Byron Williams

Imagine a serious accident in a major intersection that had four primary eyewitnesses. On one corner stands a police officer, on the other corner a doctor, another corner a lawyer, and on the other corner a minister.

While all four see the same accident, it’s quite possible their versions of the story will differ because of their diverse perspectives.

Similar could be said about the recent incident where Seattle police officer Ian Walsh is caught on camera punching 17-year-old girl in the face. Those who viewed the video footage saw the same event, but most likely from different street corners.

At first glance, a white police officer strikes an African-American girl. For a number of individuals; enough said.

There is a history of police brutality against people of color that make it difficult for many to the view this case as anything other than a continuation of a tragic legacy.

Moreover, this latest incident comes on the heels of another Seattle officer investigating a robbery who is caught on tape saying to a man who is lying face down, “I’m going to beat the f-ing Mexican piss out of you homey. You feel me?”

The accused was subsequently kicked and stomped, but later released at the scene because of mistaken identity.

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Written by demon53

June 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm

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