- Category: Politics
- Written by Jim Dee
It's now been over 15 years since the L.A. cops beat the shit out of Rodney King. As much as people will disagree with this, I believe it's tough to get a feel for a situation solely from watching a video. I watched the Rodney King footage on YouTube. Because it had no sound, I don't know what the cops were saying to him (in terms of warnings to shut up/sit still/not resist) or what he was saying to them (in terms of taunting them, etc.). Still, it did look pretty damned bad, and the court case set off a riot when they acquitted the officers charged.
Fast forward 15 years, and we have a whole crop of taser videos accumulating on YouTube. I've seen three or four now, the most recent being that loudmouth tased (wrongly so, it seems) at a John Kerry speech. The common denominator (or conclusion) we can all reasonably, IMHO, draw from these videos seems to be that getting tased hurts like a motherfucker. In other words, when the taser comes out, it's time to shut the fuck up and do whatever the nice officer says. Whether your rights are being shat upon or not, you need to shut the fuck up. Usually, from what I've seen, this was the victim's primary problem.
Fortunately, for me, I'm a pretty laid back kind of dude, and a homebody. My chances of causing a scene and getting tased are extremely low. I wouldn't say nonexistent, but damned near. It's also fortunate for me because I'm not very forgiving when it comes to stuff like that. And, being unforgiving doesn't mix well with law enforcement types because you're looking at many years of getting ass-raped in the slammer if you take your rightful retribution against some renegade police officer who tases you for no reason.
So, for me, getting tased would be a double whammy, see? Just to be clear: The first whammy is getting tased. The second one is the lifelong frustration that I can't kill the motherfucker who did it because he's in a protected class of our society. And, that lifelong frustration eats at a man. I couldn't guarantee that I wouldn't one day, ten years after the fact, decide I'd rather have my revenge and then face the consequences. And, if I were going to do that, I may as well off the motherfucker entirely, you know? (In for a penny, in for a pound, they say.)
So, I hope that kind of a situation never rears its ugly head in my lifetime. But hey, that's just how I roll. You may be more forgiving, and sometimes I admire others for that. Me?.. I sometimes like the reckoning, the retribution. It's why I like revenge movies. The Crow, Deathwish, etc.
Anyhoo, my prediction is this: We're due for another L.A. riot. This next one's going to be worse, though. Mostly because the video quality has improved so much since 1992. And the sound is there now (the god-awful screams of the tased). And it's seemingly ubiquitous these days. So, whatever the big catalyst is -- and, as before, I think it'll involve the tasing of a black person by white cops -- it's going to be on YouTube from about four different cameras. And it's going to set off one hell of a response, notably worse than 1992.