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Omaha Police Brutality

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I'm late to the discussion so I won't comment on everything here. I will add that there a lot of people that imediately get combative with the police instead of remaining calm. I don't see why starting an arguement with a cop doing his/her job helps the situation it only ramps it up. The officer tells you to be calm, you only get more beligerant, the officer then has to get into defense mode in case you try to knock him out and before you know it your in jail when you could be hanging on the couch. I know for a fact the media is great at only putting out the part of the story and it can portray an event completely different from the facts. I think in this case the chief had know choice but to fire but I am sure theres more than meets the eye in this case.

And sometimes things are exactly as you see.

[quote="ajbuda" post=19109]And sometimes things are exactly as you see.[/quote]Sometimes it's politics.

Let me guess you were on message boards when my best friend Officer Jason Tye Pratt was shot and killed by some piece of garbage that should of been in jail not running the streets. You were saying that how that sucks that a guy put his life on the line to protect and serve us and his life was taken for no reason. I don't think you put the shoe on the other foot at all to see things from an officers perspective.

[quote="ajbuda" post=19008]No, I am stating that posting this video on a say urban hip hop page or black fraternity page, the response would be much different than from a page that is dominated by more affluent and yes white people. When it costs $1500 to get into a hobby right, and then 3500 to stock if you're addicted, it limits the people in the hobby. And yes, you would not get many of the "they did what they needed to do" "they got what they deserved" "don't do anything and the cops wont bother you" from ANYBODY other than rich white people. I am not saying that you personally skipper would harass some one just because of race, but get pulled over with a black guy driving and tell me its not a different experience than by yourself. Maybe my multiple life experiences are all just abnormalities. Check the youtube video posted by a NYC cop of his sergeant or whatever telling his cops "this is who you pull over". It may not be proper police practice, but it definitely happens at time.[/i][/quote]

I can usually toss credibility asside when I read comments form people citing the race card when, in fact, the only one being played is by them. Last time I checked there seemed to be a pretty fair distribution of several ethnicities in the hobby; black, asian, pacific islanders, hispanic, and yes, white. It seems reasonable that you might see more whites in the hobby because, well, that is how the census in this country is distributed. Were there race bias, you would see a huge shift and exclusions, which I don't see. But that's just my perspective, which like much of what has been said on this issue, is mostly myopic. What I do see clearly is college kids working hard to have a small tank, and trades people and professionals that do whatever they can. I have had to wait on buying reef equipment when I had other priorities for my cash. I walk out of the stores often without the specimen I wanted because I can't afford it. This isn't a hobby only for doctors and lawyers!, and certainly not just for white folk. But I ask, why are we wasting valuable cyberspace arguing about something none of us are intimate with when we could be debating the necessity of adding 20+ corals to the ESA? Don't know about the ESA and the impending ruling? I guess the story isn't sensational enough to incite the public of wrong-doing even though it stands to detroy the industry and does almost nothing to foster coral reef conservation...

[quote="Kona boy" post=19132]...But I ask, why are we wasting valuable cyberspace arguing about something none of us are intimate with when we could be debating the necessity of adding 20+ corals to the ESA?...[/quote]

Possibly the most welcomed thread hijacking in the history of online reef forums ๐Ÿ˜‰

[quote="bennyfrank" post=19136][quote="Kona boy" post=19132]...But I ask, why are we wasting valuable cyberspace arguing about something none of us are intimate with when we could be debating the necessity of adding 20+ corals to the ESA?...[/quote]

Possibly the most welcomed thread hijacking in the history of online reef forums ;)[/quote]

+1 :whistle:

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