What They Didn't Tell You About the Off-Duty Cop Who Got Jumped on the Landing

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The race of those involved is significant.
At about 3 a.m. Sunday, an off-duty cop on the 100 block of Lucas Avenue (Laclede's Landing) observed some robust assholery: a guy, walking down the street, kicking and striking parked vehicles.

So the cop identifies himself and tries to detain him, but then a second douchebag appears and hits him on the head with a brick.

Then four other dudes swoop in and jump the cop, who thinks he spies one of them reaching for a weapon. So the cop fires his gun -- which apparently injured no one -- and the dudes scatter. 

Here's what the Post-Dispatch, KMOV (Channel 4) and KSDK (Channel 5) are all leaving out of the story:

The cop was a 33-year-old black officer in his fourth year, according to the SLMPD. The aggressors were white, and reportedly in their twenties.

Why do we have to bring up race? Because, you may recall, black St. Louisans were blamed last summer for making downtown's nightlife less safe, at venues such as Lure.

But as this episode shows, people from all colors and creeds become jerks when they drink. (We're not positive these guys were drunk, but the bars had just closed on the Landing, so we're willing to assume it).

Let us remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and what he might say: Judge not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their blood-alcohol.

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David Goldstick
David Goldstick

This is an unfortunate incident however, the comparison with Lure is inapt because Lacledes Landing isn't in a residential neighborhood. Something tells me that Nicholas Phillips wouldn't be so flippant if behavior like this occurred in his backyard.

Laclede's...drunk again
Laclede's...drunk again

sadly, i'm not surprised. my friend used to serve at Big Bang, and saw all kinds of shit from all races of people.

Douglas Duckworth
Douglas Duckworth

And in Saint Louis we often forget whites are drunk assholes too. The City it must be a black problem. You can be sure Lacledes Landing bars won't be blamed for attracting the wrong element, as they have been for years. But it's the OK color so who cares?

Douche McGee
Douche McGee

A douchebag is a douchebag regardless of skin color.

Douglas Duckworth
Douglas Duckworth

So if the criteria is residential neighborhoods then why don't we feature pictures of vagrant kids on the front page of the news causing problems in other non-white neighborhoods? Perhaps because no one cares about black on black violence beyond the entertainment factor? You wont see the degree of reporting and crack down in areas which are not that of African Americans causing problems in predominately white areas.

David Goldstick
David Goldstick

You've watched St. Louis news, Doug. You know that there's plenty of violence coverage, and particularly in the city's most violent of neighborhoods. In fact, I've seen you rail against it because you see it as a means of promoting divestment in already struggling neighborhoods. Sorry, but you can't have your cake and eat it too.

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