Vocabulary: Suicide by Police (or Cop)

Suicide by Police (or Cop)

A suicide method in which a suicidal individual deliberately behaves in a threatening manner, with intent to provoke a lethal response from a public safety or law enforcement officer. Also known by acronyms of SBP or SBC.

From Wikipedia

According to the Revisionist History podcast below, Suicide by Police (or Cop) may make up to 10% of police shooting fatalities! In addition to the high and tragic numbers, for the disturbance it creates for society, where it’s easy to come to conclusion police used excessive force, that is a lot of disturbance! Such a situation causes the families of the person killed a lot of pain, oftentimes thinking it was murder, the officer/s and their families pain, and maybe a lot of unrest in society if it were deemed to be excessive force by police.

Now, I’m not saying police doesn’t use excessive force and that is not a problem by any means! That IS a big problem and there is a lot of justified unrest over it. However, the 10% of Suicide by Police (or Cop) doesn’t help any. It’s also a lethal protest tool if someone, in deciding to commit suicide, were intending to draw attention to the excessive police violence issue by making it seem that way through Suicide by Police (or Cop) rather than more conventional methods of suicide.

A devastating podcast not for the faint of heart, as warned at the beginning of the podcast, indeed!

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Who I Think Killed Michael Jackson, What About You?

Ever since Michael Jackson died, it seems everyone has been wanting to find out who killed him. Lots of people have also been putting out theories. It seemed someone had to have killed Michael. It wouldn’t seem right otherwise. It wouldn’t be right otherwise. The final piece of Michael’s legacy had to be tragic, rather than taboo that he had somehow killed himself, inadvertently or intentionally. The latter would be especially damning. Can you imagine how differently we would think of James Dean, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye or John Lennon if they had committed suicide instead of dying, whether at their own hands in a risky activity or someone else’s hands? Seems our Western society, at least, likes our story book endings, whether the story ends on a good tone or not. If someone is gone before their time, we want to add a little something dramatic about it rather than possibly admit a less than glamorous truth. To me, you can be as legendary as whoever, if you want to be driving sports cars you can handle beyond what you can handle, or seek bigger highs from heavier dosages of drugs all the time, stupidity is part of your legacy, in my eyes… along with your endearing traits to push the envelope.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

In Michael Jackson’s case, with complete autopsy results not yet available at the time of this posting, it seems people are trying to put the blame on someone to save Michael’s legacy. One of Michael’s doctor’s office just got raided and he seems to be the prime target for “letting” Michael die, if not having killed Michael himself. But in not yet having some official results, we can also speculate Michael having a hand in his death, and that’s where I come in.

I think Michael Jackson committed suicide.

I think he realized he was not going to be able to put on a show like he used to in this farewell tour of his, and decided to drop while he was still the King of Pop instead of bowing out as the King of Flop.

Michael danced at a very high level while in his prime. Now 50, without the conditioning sustained — nor probably the practice cause it wasn’t all natural, you know — over the years, I doubt very much he could still put on the same show. How many people do you know who performed at a high level of physical activity in their 20s and can still do it without the maintenance work over the years? Unlike singing, where you can lip sync your way through your old material, Michael can’t groin sync through his past dance moves. I also doubt he would have had the stamina to go through a full show, never mind the 50 he was reluctant to do. He only wanted to do 12 shows or so, I believe it was said. Michael would probably have been good at the shows, as I think he is that good to still be good at less than 100%. However, I think he would most certainly have disappointed many attending who would have been expecting legendary… even with allowance for pity he wasn’t what he was in his prime.

Let’s face it. Michael’s career was legendary up to its peak, but the rest is one of shame aside from the momentary lapse of fame. There is a tragedy to it all, but I think that tragedy ended with him, in his hands, in shame, rather than at the hands of another who could be blamed so as to martyr his legacy.

Ironically, what pop culture seems to fail to see is what every culture knows to be true… that among the greatest tragedy which can happen to a person is when s/he decides the gift of life given to him/her is no longer worth living. Why do you think suicide is so taboo in so many cultures and religions? There is the concept of an honourable death, practiced by the samurai, mafia and certain other cultures, but I’m not sure they’d think of committing suicide because you can’t dance like you used to is just reason for an honourable death. I hope they would know it was about living up to expectations of the masses, though, rather than just the dancing.

But that’s all just my opinion. How un-Canadian of me to have one! What’s yours?

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