Race relations and police…

Race relationsDr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire commented that the country seems to be finally cooling off regarding the issues of race and police, as the media is taking a breather.  Rationality is taking hold; that is until the next act of perceived brutality is splashed on Headline News.  The standard opinion portrayed by the media, and assumed by the viewer, is that police subject blacks to a disproportionately high rate of arrest and of course violence, this despite available data/evidence.

A review of every major publicized case of brutality this past year (Ferguson, Staten Island, Baltimore, Charleston) reveals that none would have resulted in a death, or even minor injury had the subject simply complied with arrest and not violently resisted.  All cases would have resulted in no charge, minor fines or at most overnight jail time had the victim simply complied with arrest.  There is no justification for the shooting in Charleston, however two cases resulted in outcomes supported by grand juries, and one case is still pending but likely to erode as facts are revealed.  The stories of accused (two black cops among them) should be very interesting.

No one wants a police state.  We want security without oppression.  But, compared to many other countries, we have a very low visibility force.  Admittedly there is a concentration of enforcement in inner city, high crime areas.  Shouldn’t there be?  Are the police wrong for patrolling more frequently in such areas?  Is it their fault that blacks often inhabit high crime areas?  No, the residents of these areas have full responsibility.  Attitudes among black youth are notoriously rebellious toward police.  This must change, and black “leadership” must take responsibility for reeducating, reorienting, and reprioritizing.  Cranks like Al Sharpton with his tiresome persecution complex must be marginalized by black followers.  The problem is not the police.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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