[Ed. – Then why does a search for the phrase excessive force return 4.7 million links?]
On Friday’s The Beat on MSNBC, host Ari Melber claimed that the media do not spend enough time on stories of excessive force committed by police officers as his panel that included rapper Vic Mensa and conservative commentator Bill Kristol all seemed to prejudge Sacramento police officers as having behaved improperly in the shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark.
No one mentioned that the police were pursuing him because they had reason to believe — including infrared footage from a police helicopter — that he had just perpetrated several acts of vandalism and robbery, or that Clark has a criminal history that includes domestic abuse and robbery.
During the show’s regular “Fall Back Friday” segment which invites panel members to criticize someone in the news they believe has acted inappropriately, Mensa brought up the police shooting story: “I’m going with the Sacramento police department after shooting the man unarmed in his backyard.”
He then suggested without any evidence that the police officers had not received enough training. …