Plenty of people are reacting; many violently, some ignorantly, some coming so close to the issue.
So let’s put Kobe Bryant in the last camp:
“You can sit here and argue about it until we’re blue in the face and protest about it,” Bryant said following practice on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “Until the legal system, we have a serious legal system conversation, it’s going to keep on happening.”
This would be helpful – a serious conversation.
Bryant expounded those thoughts on Tuesday, saying there needs to be more “accountability” and “responsibility” placed on law enforcement officials.
“What’s justifiable? What calls for legal action and what qualifies as the threshold in being able to use deadly force in that situation?,” Bryant asked rhetorically. “Those are higher conversations that need to be had.”
Yes, these conversations must be had.
There is a simple answer, built on the non-aggression principle: wearing a badge doesn’t make it right. A crime is a crime. Murder is murder.
I don’t know what happened on the night in question. I know that as long as badges make it legal to commit crimes, Kobe Bryant will continue to wonder why.
“What’s justifiable?” he asks. No one is above the law. The same law is applicable to all men, else we do not live under law; we live under tyranny.