A 22-year-old black Army National Guardsman-Will Stack has released a controversial video on his Facebook Page, in which he said that blacks should not stereotype white police officers as racists who are only interested in killing them.
Stack is from Lexington County, South Carolina, the same state where a white police officer had brutally shot dead an unarmed black man because of a broken tail light on his car on the 4th of April. The video has since gone viral on Social Media for its anti-stereotyping message after another white officer, also captured on camera, shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He recorded the video from his car after being pulled over by a white police officer for crossing a traffic median while making a left turn outside the county courthouse. The video showed a polite, calm encounter in which Stack kept his hands on the wheel and the officer explained Stack’s error. The officer then allowed him to go without any charge.
People really need to start understanding this
Posted by Will Stack on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
In the video, Stack argues that this polite run-in with the cops happened just as it should have. He adds that it demonstrates incidents like the traffic stop shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston should not be viewed as the usual practice of the black community across the US.
“I am an African-American male. This gentleman was a Caucasian. He did his job, I did what I was supposed to do, and that was it. You know, I feel like people need to understand that not all officers are crooked. Not all officers are racist, bad people, and not people who get got shot or Tased or arrested by officers are innocent victims”, Stack said in the video.
The National Broadcasting Company channel 12 reported that Stack had intended to use the video as a positive counterpart to the overwhelmingly negative media coverage of race relations across the United States.
“You know, just because you’re black doesn’t mean you’re a victim. Just because you’re white doesn’t mean you’re a racist. Just because you’re a cop doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. This world really needs to stop putting labels on people and things and see them as who they are: people doing jobs, doing things. Ignorance has no color. God doesn’t see color, why should we?”
But his video has brought different opinions regarding how the recent killings of unarmed black men across the US should be treated by the black community. Some praised his cool refusal to let the knowledge of how other young black men get treated to color his personal reaction to his own stop. Others said members of the law enforcement community, especially white officers, should instead learn from the respectful approach employed by the officer who had stopped Stack.
However, some too were of the opinion that Stack has been deliberately sent by white officers to show this propaganda video so that it will calm nerves in the wake of the severe criticisms they have suffered both national and international on their conduct of their official duties.
However the story might be concerning Stack’s video, we hope to see the exact professionalism exhibited by the white officer he encountered in the video and not officer who will shoot defenseless unarmed human being and comeback and be throwing dust into our eyes. Hopefully, there will be a day when every minor traffic stop goes as smoothly for people of all races.
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Its sad that people are pushing this video to dispel and reduce the depth of the problem. Dispite the good intentions of this video is like placing a video about wiping youself after using the restroom… meaning he did what he was supposed to do and so did the cop… Does this deserve 3 million views and people’s praise ? If you fail to see that what this does is to negate that this is a problem and to support the cognitive dissonance of people pretending this issue isn’t about a bad apple in the barrel it’s about a barrel of apple vinegar that you keep adding fresh apples to. All this video does is allow people to say listen black people to one of your own and see if you act right you won’t make the cop have to shoot you for nothing. It is the same teaching of child abuser to children. The cops should be turning on the bad cops and turning them in like their oath to the laws amd constitution demands. They won’t because 80% of all people are sheep and they will act like those around them… To see how this works view the applause… subsequent apology is for getting caught… You have to understand cultures and the cultures within them…. This is normalized behavior and taught and encouraged from to down that cops are authority. http://youtu.be/AnEjzYCHidw …. After seeing this you have to understand this. https://youtu.be/OsFEV35tWsg?t=15m55s . This tells you everything that is wrong with the police and lack of accountability. Power without accountability is the recipe for abuse of others. Now understanding this please explain to me how is there public outrage and sharing 3 million times and nobody is talking about Lee Baca and his 15yrs running the largest police force in America and his 18 deputies under federal arrest for hiding a informant for the FBI within the jail system, the unaccountable drug seizures, and his links to Richard Fine’s 18mo incarceration, Judge Yaffe’s retirement and the link to Chris Dorner and nobody is talking about it ?
But,its getting rare everyday