Reverend Al Sharpton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and even President Obama are stymied contemplating how to respond. For once, ACORN and the ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ people are speechless.
Admittedly, that was a cheap trick to get you to scroll down for further information. But with a simple act, a gesture really, an Atlanta cop countered the all too common claims of racial bias among our cities’ police.
Waking Up Stupid
What was supposed to be a customer support service call ended with Atlanta police making an arrest for attempted car jacking. Hashim Fannin parked his Nissan at a Family Dollar store earlier this month. The Nissan’s doors automatically unlocked after he put it in park.
While sitting in his car preparing for his meeting, Edgar Horn, 61, opened the passenger door and sat down. Fannin said there was no doubt in his mind Horn intentions were nefarious. Recounting the events, Fannin said,
“He opens the door and he kind of falls in to it.”
Fannin said Horn asked, “You know what this is?” Not waiting to find out and assuming ‘this’ was a robbery or car jacking, he grabbed his gun. Fannin told reporters,
“By the time he turns around he already has a barrel staring at him.”
Fannin ordered Horn out of his car, and held him at gunpoint. Much of the event was captured on cellphone video (see below). Horn claims he got into the wrong car, that he was supposed to meet his friend who has a similar car. Fannin is heard saying,
“You were not trying to rob me.. you just get into random people’s cars? You thought I was your friend? You thought I was your friend.. so you woke up stupid this morning?”
“Just stay on the ground and wait for the police.”
Horn continued to say that it was all a mistake and wanted to leave. Fannin responded,
“I told him no there’s no leaving, leaving was before you hopped into my car.”
White Cop, Black Victim
Atlanta police arrived to find Horn on the ground with Fannin holding him at gunpoint. To Fannin’s credit, with police on the scene he placed his weapon on the ground and backed away.
Fannin did exactly what he needed to do. In all fairness to police, arriving on the scene of a black man holding an older white man at gunpoint, there could be many explanations. To the responding officer’s credit, they did not act rashly, nor jump to any conclusions.
That’s when the officer did the unthinkable. He reached out and shook Fannin’s hand in appreciation. With the accusations of ‘institutional racism’ and bias against law enforcement officers across the nation, a simple act of appreciation, a handshake, deserves notice.
Horn was arrested and charged with attempted robbery and entering a vehicle. Horn, a former attorney disbarred in 1998, has had run-ins with the law before. In 2009, he was arrested for criminal solicitation, admitting to previous problems with drugs.
Acknowledging the Good
From Ferguson to New York to Baltimore, and now Cleveland , cops have been reeling from bad press. In all fairness, much of it is deserved. Police officers should be held to a high standard, and must be accountable for their actions.
The militarization of our nation’s law enforcement have changed public perception of police from the ‘City’s Finest’ to the ‘City’s Feared.’ To many citizens, it has become ‘us versus them’. Police have fostered this perception, and must bear the responsibility and the consequences of their actions.
Cops have been cast under a negative light lately. Today, everyone is walking around with a cell phone video camera. What makes the 6 o’clock news is the choke hold, the tasing, or the shooting video.
But the good exists and happens every day. The Atlanta officer showing appreciation to a citizen, a simple handshake, is just one example.
No?……….I’m not holding my breath either.