Let’s talk murder. Yes, I said murder. That’s what’s happening today in America to black people. And before you get to talking about criminal records and black on black crime, police officers have sworn duty to protect and serve. So, let’s define protect and serve before you get yourself in an uproar. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines protect as “to keep (someone or something) from being harmed, lost, etc.” and serve as ” to be of use; to be worthy of reliance or trust; to hold an office.” In neither of those definitions does it state “kill unarmed citizens.” These police officers have made an oath to every individual within the states no matter their ethnicity or beliefs, but are they protecting and serving or profiling and shooting?
Executing citizens out of fear is not what police officers have been hired to do. What happened to de-escalate and disarm? I always hear “blacks should just be quiet, heed their commands, and everything will go smoothly.” Well, this was not the case for Phillando Castille. Even while doing what Officer Geronimo Yanez requested, he was still shot four times and died from his wounds. We are told to be as complicit as possible with the police, but even when this is done some blacks are still mistreated like in the case of James Blake, and there are cases in which the force used did not match the situation like in the Eric Garner case. Far too often these officers are being pampered, and if they are indicted, the charges are dropped, sentences suspended, and they are sent back out into work to continue with their hatred and violence. If Pookie kills Darnell, he is charged and punished to the fullest extent of the law. When officer Bob kills DeJuan, he is put on administrative leave with pay, allowed to resign with full benefits, or placed right back on the job once everything has “cooled” down.
The media is also to blame by releasing the criminal history of those who have been murdered by the police. This desensitizes the public and makes people feel as if they victim deserved to be murdered. Upon approaching individuals, these officers don’t know the name of the victim, let alone their criminal history. Therefore that is no excuse for the victims to be gunned down by officers. And, as long as the victim has served their time for any criminal activity that they have been involved in, there is no reason to release information about them. A white male can rape women, and their school photos will be published with a smile and innocent look, but a black victim of a police shooting will be shown with a mugshot. How is that fair? Nothing seems to fair for those who are of color in America when it comes down to the justice system. Social injustice appears to be something that some whites refuse to understand. Try doing your research and know the history of race relations in America and how it has disproportionately affected black people. No matter how you feel that these officers are “just doing their jobs,” accept that these killings are tied to race, and not just another criminal getting what they deserved.
Officers misuse their authority far too often. It is time for a change. We cannot continue to allow officers to get away with what they’re doing. One of the biggest problems I find is that once an officer kills someone and is found not guilty, there is a civil trial where the families of the victims then win millions and have a gag order placed on them to prevent speaking about the situation any further. There is not any amount of money that would shut me up if my child was murdered. Every time one of you looked at the news my face would be there. I would not stop at the state level. I would be lobbying Congress for a change. I would be trying to determine whether the issue is caused by a statute, regulation, case law or action/decision. I would also be identifying decision makers, Congressional Members of the home state delegation where the client is headquartered or has an office, regulators and key staff of relevant federal agencies, and congressional staff focused on your particular issue or industry. Whenever something happens to a white person or child in America, their families don’t stop until some changes are made. Look at Megan’s Law; it requires law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders. This is of benefit to all! Look at the Amber Alert that was named after a 9-year-old named Amber Hagerman that was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas. Her parents fought and fought, now this law has saved children all across the United States. There needs to be laws put in place to protect not just blacks, but the American people from law enforcement officers that misuse their power.
How many more unarmed African-Americans are going to lose their lives before something is done to control this issue? We see video after video where people say “the camera doesn’t tell the whole story.” This is true; however, I’m not sure many of you are ready to see what the complete picture is, that these people are called all sorts of disturbing names, treated like scum on the bottom of the officers shoe, and then shot to death. The picture shown is, no matter whether or not a black person complies; they may lose their lives in an interaction with a white police officer. When a person of color is killed, they become a hashtag, we protest, get up go to work or whatever we are going to do the next day, repeat! Something has to change!