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‘One other Fact:’ CBS’s ‘S.W.A.T.’ Echoes Defund the Police Nonsense

Like a lot of television this season, CBS’s S.W.A.T. jumped on the Black Lives Matter bandwagon for its season premiere two weeks in the past. This week’s episode, “Memento Mori,” on November 25, featured one other BLM storyline, with a dialogue of the motion to defund the police.

Within the episode, the S.W.A.T. crew has to offer safety at a funeral for a well-liked singer with the stage identify “Rhodium” who routinely attacked police brutality throughout her concert events.

Rhodium’s mom, Jillian, doesn’t belief a S.W.A.T. crew member, Deacon, as a result of he was essential of Rhodium’s anti-police campaign. In a dialogue between Officers Hondo (Shemar Moore) and Deacon (Jay Harrington), Deacon criticizes the present defund the police motion whereas Hondo appears extra open to it.

Hondo: Deacon, simply strive to take a look at it from Jillian’s perspective. Rhodium made a stand about police brutality, however not all police, Deac. In her thoughts, when you received an issue with that, then possibly you are a part of the issue. 

Deacon: I am a part of the issue? (Sighs) It is not simply that. It is this entire “Defund the police” nonsense. Not precisely the thanks we deserve for going on the market and risking our lives each day. And to her, it is perhaps simply one thing that she’s chanting, however a factor like that modifications the best way folks have a look at us. It makes our job tougher. 

Hondo: And I hear you, and that’s one fact. There’s additionally one other fact, man. We received weapons on our hips. We received the facility to finish a life. Look, possibly it would not damage to have some folks on the market holding us all accountable.

Deacon: Are you making an attempt to calm me down or-or make me angrier? 

Hondo: Deacon, you and I each know that typically we get requested to tackle issues the place there isn’t any one proper reply. What Rhodium was speaking about is possibly some issues may be solved and not using a gun. 

Police know full nicely that “some issues may be solved and not using a gun.” The overwhelming majority of police interactions with civilians happen and not using a gun ever being drawn. However you by no means know when an emergency scenario will spiral uncontrolled and you will want knowledgeable skilled in deadly power to defend harmless life moderately than an unarmed social employee.

We discover out later Rhodium had been anti-police as a result of her unarmed boyfriend was wrongly shot by police and left in a vegetative state at age 15. However spotlighting the (fictional) story of an harmless black boy whose life was ruined when shot by police with out mentioning the true statistics on such shootings is irresponsible. It solely fuels the damaging police abolitionist mentality that’s inflicting the higher lack of life in our nation.

As Heather MacDonald has identified, “the Washington Publish’s database of fatal police shootings confirmed 14 unarmed black victims and 25 unarmed white victims in 2019.” In a rustic of almost 330 million folks, that isn’t an indication of an epidemic of legislation enforcement capturing harmless black folks.

In distinction, 2020 has seen a double-digit surge in murder charges. The anti-police narrative has been way more harmful to harmless folks than supposedly trigger-happy cops.

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