Unfair punishment to a White Police Officer for Murder
by KimTardif on September 8, 2015 - 8:14pm
In the article called ‘Home Detention for White Police Chief Who Shot Black Man’ written by Jeffery Collins on September 1, 2015 discusses an unfair punishment given to a white police officer for murdering an unarmed black man. The shooting incident happened in a small town called Eutawville. Furthermore, the author states that a white police officer named Richard Combs shot an unarmed black man named Bernard Bailey. Bailey arrived to the town hall to discuss a previous ticket although, at his arrival Combs told Bailey he was under arrest. Bailey suddenly ran out of the building and got in his pickup truck and Combs followed him. Moreover, while Bailey tried backing up his truck he was shot three times by Combs. The 38 year old police chief was in no danger, “Combs could have moved out of the way”, author says. During the case, most juries were leaning closer to an “acquittal” (non-guilty) for Combs and didn’t give any prison sentence. To add, the officer was then simply charged with one year of home detention for the death of Bailey.
To begin, “Home Detention for White Police Chief Who Shot Black Man” has some strengths that identify the problems of power and racism. The article demonstrates a form of police brutality among races, it illustrates the reality of power in the society of racism. For example, the punishment given to the white police officer was unfair because the officer was in no danger. The article also demonstrates how some people believe that “race” does determine your behavior although, “race” does not, hence the reason Bailey got shot. Moreover, “we all come from the same species” (Darren Curnoe), we all have variety but we all are raised to follow the same laws. Your “race” doesn’t determine whether you are dangerous or not. “Race” is only determined from sexual selection, your geographic location and, because of natural selection. These three components in identifying “races” proves that we should all be equal, we all visibly seem different although, that also implies if you look at one specific racial group such as Caucasian. We simply share some similarities among us such as, skin color and, hair texture. However, we share many differences, we share as many differences among us as we share difference in comparison to other races. Therefore, I believe that Combs should have been sentenced to time in prison. The article demonstrates unfair punishment to the white police officer because the victim was from a different racial background and the situation involved a man in power. Hence, laws should not be adjusted for any power and for any specific racial group.
Collins, J. (September, 1.2015). Home Detention for White Police Chief Who Shot Black Man. ABC News. Retrieved from:
Curnoe, D. (2015, Fall). Human Races: Biology Reality or Cultrual Delusion. In A. Nouvet, (Ed.), Anthropology 381-204-LA:
The myth of race and the reality of racism (pp.1-8). St-Lambert, Qc:
Champlain College Bookstore