Woman 'Tired of One-Sided Conversations on Policing' Sparks Much-Needed Discussion After Tulsa Video Released

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On Monday, Tulsa, Oklahama police chief Wendell Franklin released graphic body cam video footage of Officer Aurash Zarkeshan and Sgt. Craig Johnson being shot on June 29th by David Ware after Ware was pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Johnson was killed. Zarkeshan was seriously wounded.

A shorter version of the video was posted on Twitter by Blaze social media editor Jessica O’Donnell. It’s disturbing, and not for the faint of heart:

The full video can be viewed here.

Amy Swearer, a senior legal policy analyst for Heritage, watched the video and it sparked her to compose a Twitter thread in which she noted she was “tired of the one-sided conversations on policing” our country is having right on police shootings now where the civilian’s actions in every incident are treated as irrelevant to the tragic situations that sometimes unfold from these interactions.

She also cited numerous other cases that also involve violence against officers during what typically start out as routine traffic stops as evidence that these situations are often not as clear cut as the media and other critics of law enforcement make them out to be.

I thought it was worth sharing in light of the Lancaster, Pa. officer-involved shooting death of 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz, who ran after the responding officer with a knife before the officer shot and killed him.

The assumption from the Usual Suspects about the Munoz shooting was almost immediate – that Munoz was shot because of the color of his skin, not the fact that the officer feared for his life. “Protests” and riots soon followed, with radical leftists not caring to wait for all the facts before drawing conclusions.

Swearer says it’s time to stop assuming all police officers are bad, and time to give investigators a chance to find out the facts instead of jumping to conclusions and immediately taking to the streets. She also pleads for people to try and understand things from the perspective of officers who put their lives on the line every time they put on their uniforms:

This really is a discussion that is long overdue.

Read Swearer’s full unrolled thread here, and please continue to keep members of our law enforcement communities everywhere in your thoughts and prayers.

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