The irony is that many of the most cold-blooded killers in our real society are the police. They're also the best-equipped gang in every neighborhood, with hand-me-downs from the American military, including guns, ammo and bellicose attitudes more appropriate for fighting wars than keeping the peace.
A couple days after I saw both movies, a Fort Worth Texas cop murdered a young woman named Tatiana Jefferson playing video games with her nephew in her home, without announcing "Police!" and within two seconds of saying "Put your hands up."
He was "scared," say the police. What a joker.
Maybe people who get scared so easily shouldn't be cops.
Of course, the fear is systemic, especially targeting people of color. Though to some degree, our heavily armed police are trained to be trigger-happy and scared of all of us.
When I was raided by the LAPD years ago (because the police erroneously assumed I was running an illegal strip club when they watched my public-access TV show), I was confronted by a shaking young man in uniform with a petrified look in his eye and a very large assault weapon in his hands pointed at me. "You're lucky I didn't shoot you," he said to me as I put my hands up. "Your jewelry looks like a gun."
The great majority of us would never be a Ramona or a Joker, but any of us could be Tatiana Jefferson.
© October 18, 2019. Susan Block, Ph.D., a.k.a. "Dr. Suzy," is a world renowned LA sex therapist, author of The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace through Pleasure and "filthy mouthed wife." occasionally seen on HBO and other channels. For speaking engagements and inquiries, call 626-461-5950. For comments and questions, please email DrSusanB Email address .