I have been struggling with the images of police brutality from the USA. It’s really hard to see this when I am living in South Korea right now, where police brutality isn’t a thing.
In South Korea the cops are often the target of harassment from citizens who have had a bad day and want to unleash some of their anger. The police are very cowed by the people, and only press charges in 30% of cases where they are assaulted. In the cases where they do press charges (for being assaulted by a citizen!), only half of the citizens are actually fined. The total fine for punching a police officer in South Korea is 100,000 Won, or about $80 US.
I want you to think about that.
It’s an $80 fine to assault a police officer, but charges are almost never brought. Police are seen as part of government oppression, and so no one trusts them. They are seen as a necessary evil, but no one likes them.
Really let that sink in.
It should go without saying that the police in South Korea absolutely do not shoot people, black or otherwise. It just doesn’t happen, and hasn’t since just after the Korean war.
I would ask that US citizens please start reconsidering the role of police in society. So many people try to justify the police murdering innocent citizens, and I just can’t understand that. Please don’t argue for a police state! Please.