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Man body slammed by Chicago Police deserved it
Too often the media and public focus on the actions of police rather than on the actions of criminals. Recently, a man who allegedly was drinking spit int he face of a police officer who tried to detain him. He licked the officer’s face and spit in his eyes and his mouth and in response, the police officer disabled him slamming him to the ground. No one criticized the man for spitting on the officer but many activists criticized the police officer. I think the officer was totally justified
By Ray Hanania
I am sick and tired of people badmouthing Police, especially in Chicago.
This week, a video surfaced showing a police officer body slamming a man onto the street and curb. Looking at the video alone, it certainly is disturbing. But when you hear the details the led up to the videotaped incident, details not depicted in any video, you learn that this guy deserved more.
The suspect is Bernard Kersh, 29, of the 8000 block of Kingston Avenue in Chicago. Although the video of Kersh being body-slammed at the intersection of the 700 block of 79th Street on Thursday last week dominated all of the initial media, and was the focus of protestors anger, we only heard snippets of what led up to the incident.
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Kersh is accused of licking the police officer’s face, then threatening the officer and then spitting in the officer’s face, eyes and mouth. He is also accused of being intoxicated.
Kersh was taken to a hospital but later released into police custody where he was officially charged with felony aggravated assault of a Police Officer.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot was reserved in her reaction, although protestors demanded that the officer be fired. Lightfoot said the video is disturbing but that the public did not know all the circumstances of the incident. Still, the office was relieved of police powers pending the results of an investigation into the incident.
If the suspect spit in the face of the police officer, he is lucky that’s all that happened to him. And if he is convicted of assaulting a police officer, he should be jailed for a long time. Failure to make an example out of Kersh would be a mistake.
If you are confronted by police, stop and listen. Don’t resist. Don’t mouth off. Don’t waive a knife, or walk down the middle of a public street. Bad things happen when you don’t listen to the police, for a reason.
On social media, critics of the police officer’s action were demanding that he be fired and charged with assault. They don’t care if the suspect did anything. The protestors just hate the Police. They care about exploiting another incident in which a Black individual is physically roughed up by the Police. They don’t care of the suspect committed a crime. And even if they learn that the body-slam was justified and Kersh was the instigator of his own problems, the protestors will continue to blame everything on the Chicago Police.
It isn’t just Chicago police. It’s all police. They are the victims of a public’s skewered sense of justice. It’s more of an injustice. The person taking the video making the accusations against the police should be prosecuted, too, for slander. The video is only one piece of the evidence, but it is treated as if it is everything. It’s used unfairly to inflate false accusations that the Police are the problem in crime-ridden Chicago.
There are many good people in Chicago, but the focus is always on the criminals who are turned into victims of racial injustice, even when the police involved are African American, too.
Lightfoot needs to be tougher in defending the Chicago Police, that is if she really wants to undermine the crime wave that threatens the safety not only of Chicago but of the surrounding suburban communities.
Something needs to be done. The first thing is to stand by the Chicago Police and all police. The second thing is to make the punishment of criminals tougher. Anyone who assaults a police officer should go to jail for a long period of time. Anyone who is high on drugs and refuses to listen to the police should go to jail for an even longer period of time. Anyone who has a gun in the commission of a crime or uses a gun should be sewn to jail for an even longer period of time. So what if the conditions in the prisons are disgusting?
The criminals are disgusting. But worse is how communities, activists and even families care more for the criminals than for their own protection.
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Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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