"He committed no crime the day he was killed. Even the
officer who shot him acknowledges that. There was no struggle. The
details are not murky.
"But because no one was
marching in the streets on behalf of John Geer, because he was
absent from national headlines, the system was able to make his
outrageous death go away by the simple expedient of doing nothing
and refusing to discuss it.
killing of John Geer should frighten everyone. It is the best
example yet that while police often target minorities
disproportionately, their basic and overriding demand is total and
unquestioning submission to their authority."
"In Fairfax, Va., a different, no-less-scary police shooting,
[I can see a big difference between this
case and the better known stories of Garner and Brown and others.
In those, there are at least two issues in play: profiling of
African-American citizens and social/institutional devaluing of
their lives, and out-of control, unaccountable, scaredy-cat
police bullies. In the Geer shooting, only the latter pertains.
Still, it illustrates why people like me -- white privilege,
class privilege, and all -- are afraid of the police (sure there
are apparently-good cops (but not good enough to protect us from
the bad ones, eh?), but the consequences of finding out the
officer you're dealing with is a bully can be fatal), and maybe
this'll get the attention of any white people who want to
continue dismissing shootings like this as someone else's problem
because they either don't believe systemic racism is real or just
don't care. Though white folks' risk is a whole lot lower, it's