In an effort to clarify comments about police being "murders" during an appearance at an anti-police rally just four days after an NYPD officer was killed, Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino made did an interview on MSNBC last night and argued he isn't anti-police.
First, when Tarantino argues police "shouldn't shoot unarmed people," he's referring to the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, which sparked the bogus "hands up, don't shoot movement." What Tarantino fails to acknowledge is the fact that Brown was killed after attempting to take away Officer Darren Wilson's gun. As I've written before, the "unarmed" narrative often holds no water.
The way the media uses the term “unarmed” implies there was no altercation that resulted in a fatal shooting. What the media fails to explain or recognize is that “unarmed” people, in these cases two men who weren’t carrying firearms, don’t have to be “armed” in order to cause serious damage to a person’s life or harm to those around them.
According to the FBI, more than 600 murders per year are committed with clubs or hammers. Around 900 murders each year are committed with “personal weapons” like hands, fists, and feet. The numbers for severe injury after aggravated assault carried out by a person only armed with their hands and feet are significantly higher, and actually beat out aggravated assaults committed with knives and firearms.
The “unarmed” media narrative creates a false moral equivalence between a victim and an attacker. The media definition of armed seems to be someone carrying a firearm or a knife, when in fact people are most often armed with their own hands and feet for aggravated assault, and in other cases, murder.
Perpetuating an “unarmed” narrative extremely distorts the truth and promotes criminals who use them- selves to prey on innocent victims. Being armed doesn’t require carrying a gun, bat, or knife. Hands, feet, and fists are plenty capable of being used to achieve the same goal: severe bodily injury or death.
Second, the public hasn't "lost trust in police" as Tarantino claims. In fact, polling shows the majority of Americans have faith in police.
Despite all the stories about police violence and bad behavior in federal law enforcement, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey shows that most Americans still trust the agencies tasked with upholding the nation's laws.
Majorities of the poll respondents said they have a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in their local police department and in police nationwide, as well as in the FBI.
Tarantino is too caught up in his progressive, emotional bubble to notice.
I'll leave you with this: