In an interesting take on rising violence against blacks in the United States, the recent Batman comic shows the superhero saving a young black man from the clutches of Gotham’s police.
"Getting arrested," the man texts to his friend as he sees the cops coming after him. When his friend asks why, he simply replies, "The man don't need a reason."
Batman is then seen pouncing on the police car and wreaking havoc on the racist police officers whilst freeing the young citizen from the cops.
Batman saving a black man from police brutality (from Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1) pic.twitter.com/JzKmvp1fD1— Mario Pabon (@restlessbit) November 29, 2015
"[Batman] is, politically, radical and a revolutionary out to overthrow a corrupt police state," Dark Knight III’s author Frank Miller said of his hero in an interview with Vulture. "It's a very patriotic and loyal-to-the-law kind of story, but the established authorities were doing the wrong thing, so it took an outlaw to bring justice."
Batman seems to have extended his operations beyond doing tasks associated with Gotham’s police to actually combating criminal behavior executed by their officers.
The new Batman comic comes at the same time Chicago policeman Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder for the brutal death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in a Burger King parking lot in October 2014. Van Dyke allegedly shot the teen 16 times.
Only a day before the comics were released, five black men were reportedly shot during a Black Lives Matter protest at a police station in Minneapolis.
So, is this what we need in real life too — a fictional superhero to save people from racial violence at the hands of the law enforcement agency?
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