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



I have chosen to comment on your post because many times I have been watching the news and heard of an innocent person belonging to a minority group being killed by an officer. It always infuriates me to hear that these officers do not get valid or fair punishments for their actions. I fully agree with you, these officers are getting an easy ride because of the race of the victim. It’s sad but true that people of minorities are not seen as “important” as Caucasians, especially in the United States. Jared Diamond, author of the article “race without color” says that we need to stop the arbitrary system of classifying races. Race should not define humans, especially in a situation like in your article. Murder is murder and in a court of law color should not be seen. The officers are looking for power trips; they are feeding their egos when dealing with a person of color because they feel superior. Sadly, they know that they can get away with it. Honestly, I don’t know how these terrible crimes can be fixed, there have several uprising all over the United States for example, Ferguson but still not major changes have been put in place. We cannot just sit and let racism roam free, every person is equal and every person merits to be treated fairly and justly. We need to keep fighting against these corrupt and racist police officers.

The reason I am responding to this post is because in the last few months on facebook and on the news the top stories or headlines have always something to do with police brutality. I personally believe that in certain cases it is not always the police officers fault for their way of reacting. In those situations the police officer tells the person to do something whether they are black or white if they do not cooperate and follow the instructions of the officer it is normal that they use physical force because the person was not listening any other way. Being a police officer, you put your life at risk every day to help and protect the citizens of your district, sometimes it is a life and death decision that they are put in. In the situation of the article “Unfair punishment to a White Police Officer for Murder” I do not agree with the punishment given to the police officer there were other ways of going about it, and because the victim was a black male he turned to violence right away. Officers that act in this way should be suspended and depending on the degree of the incident maybe even lose their jobs. It is because of certain peace keepers that the rest of the force get this bad reputation of being more aggressive towards the “black” community. Like I said earlier in this post every situation has a way of handling it given the circumstances. Can we really change every officer’s mind on what they think of certain individuals? Or is it just how they were raised? Should they give a class on race/racism to the police force maybe they will have a better understanding about other ethnicities, apart from their own.

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