And he's still alive, with no bruises, he is standing 


up rather than face down with a knee on his


 back or neck. 

Where is the U.S. Constitution's core

 

promise of equal protection under the

 


law to all?


Some are quick to turn the page on 


the systemic conflicts that are


 ingrained in American policing. 


The abuse of power, disproportionate


wrongful murders, hostile arrests, 


racial indignities, deliberate injustices,


bigotry, discriminatory practices, and


vigilante policing by those who 


breathe hatred and corruption, in


 African American communities is 


nothing new.


Some don't see what others are up to 


because they either consciously or


unconsciously don't want to.



There would be a violent uprising 


if police attempted to enter white 


areas like they do in predominately


African American communities.

In the early 1700s, the first slave patrols 
were formed in the southern United States, 
primarily the Carolina colony. Every slave
 state had slave patrols before the end of the 
century.
Slave patrols had different aims, including 
apprehending fugitive slaves and returning 
them to their owners, instilling fear to 
discourage possible slave revolts, and 
punishing slaves outside the law for violating 
plantation restrictions.

The Slave Patrol and Jim Crow 


Origins of Policing

In the antebellum South, slave patrols were a 


"government-sponsored group [of around 10 


individuals] that was highly organized and paid


 to monitor certain zones to prevent crimes and


rebellion by slaves against the white community." 


Slave patrols could enter the homes of anybody, 


black or white, suspected of harboring fugitive


 slaves without a warrant or consent. 

From slave patrols...


to simple traffic stops. 

African slaves were considered as property rather than humans without rights under American slave laws, which began in Virginia and Maryland. These laws would legitimize slavery and the planters' inhumane treatment of their captives.

Slave patrols were in charge of enforcing the aforementioned laws, as slave uprisings 
were a threat to the social order and a 
constant fear of plantation owners.

Slave Patrols Developed 


into Police - 


Slave patrols were established in slave 


states and were an early form of policing.

The racial foundations of 


American policing is the moral 


equivalent of slave patrol. 


Historians believe that squads of Caucasian

 men known as slave patrols were at the 

basis of the nation's law enforcement

 excesses, launching decades of violent 

and discriminatory conduct toward 

African Americans.

New kinds of Black Codes known as Jim Crow 


laws were adopted across southern states in the 


1880s. These new regulations, which were in 


place until 1965, banned Blacks and whites 


from using public areas such as schools, 


libraries, restrooms, and restaurants.

We are not anti-police; rather, we are against police


brutality, abuse of power, discrimination, harassment, 


racial profiling, excessive use of force, police


 misconduct, civil rights violations, and murderous 


cowards who hide behind the badge.

There is currently a crisis of trust between 


the public and law enforcement, the very


institutions entrusted to uphold our democracy,


though in some communities this is not a new 


development.


The New Day Buck-breaking: 


The Black experience in the 


United States.

Some police officers take pleasure in the sport


 of tracking down non-Whites. Officers who have


 the power to stop the misconduct frequently choose


 not to do so, choosing instead to remain silent, 


cover-up the crime, and encourage the brutal police.

Numerous police have historically 


stood on the wrong side of social


justice.

They gave free rein to the night riders who 


terrorized African Americans for the majority of


 the 20th century. Sheriffs, police commissioners,


 and other people sworn to protect were represented 


by many of the faces hidden by the white hoods.


Lynching was the main spectator sport in the


South for many years. Crowds would frequently 


assemble to witness African Americans being 


hanged from a tree for something as trivial as 


staring at a white woman. There was no need for 


police to hide, so they mixed in with the crowds 


while wearing their badges in full view.

African Americans who were recently found 


staring into an officer's gun barrel or having their


 knee pinned to their neck were as helpless to 


defend themselves as those who dangled from 


limbs of trees, like strange fruit.  Police have been 


aware from the beginning that the fight has always 


been unfair.

 

Police officers should be held accountable as


 public servants who communicate and work,


openly, and fairly with the communities they


 serve. 



All too often, some police departments and officers


deviate from their community roles and abuse their 


power by using excessive and/or lethal force, acting 


in increasingly militarized capacities, abusing 


policies, and routinely stopping, frisking, tasering,


handcuffing, interrogating, assaulting, jailing, 


and/or committing unlawful killings in


 marginalized communities.

For years, dishonest police have gotten away with 


murder. Although America had the option to punish 


them, it was simpler to simply pay out settlements 


and turn a blind eye.



The majority of us have nothing but the utmost


 respect for the brave officers who daily risk their 


lives to protect us. But it's time to get rid of the thugs


 who conceal themselves behind badges.



Some officers are turning on African Americans like


 untamed animals that have been let loose on new


 prey now that we have started to make it clear that


 bad cops must be stopped. 

Shooting African Americans seems to be a sport 


for some officers. People in African American 


neighborhoods are the targets in a bloody game 


of thrones. Some officers with the authority to 


intervene commonly refuse to do so, opting to


enable vicious police officers with their silence 


and afterwards covering up their improper 


conduct.


Some police have historically been on the wrong


 side of the fence when it comes to social fairness 


and equality.



The night riders, a vigilante force and an outgrowth 


of the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan, went 


out at night to evoke fears of liberated 


African Americans through terror and intimidation 


for much of the twentieth century, were given


carte blanche. Many of the people hiding behind 


white hoods were sheriffs, police officials, and 


others who could have been sworn to serve and 


protect all.



For centuries, lynchings were


a common event.



Large crowds would gather to witness Black men


 hanging from a tree, tortured to death, for


 something as insignificant as looking at a White 


woman. Police interacted with the mobs, with their


 badges visible.



People of color who recently found themselves with 


a knee mounted to their necks and looking directly 


down the barrel of an armed officer's gun were as


 powerless to defend themselves as those who dangled 


like "Strange fruit" from tree branches. 



This kind of injustice has been an unfair uphill fight 


for African Americans, and many authorities and 


lawmakers have generally understood it right from


 the beginning. 



Where is the justice?


Police should not be allowed to 



break the law and violate people’s



 constitutional rights simply 



because the officers have chosen 



to become homicidal vigilantes. 




Where is the justice, kindly check 



and share?




Where is the Constitution's core



promise of equal legal protection 



to all in the United States?




As taxpaying citizens, are we all 



being protected and served in 



these instances?


When white Americans are in distress, anxious 


and nervous, or feel it necessary to use their 


white privilege to demand things that are beyond 


the scope of the necessary and/or ordinary, they 


call the police. This is due to the fact that the vast 


majority of them are never threatened or 


disrespected by the police. They know the 


significance of their own protective white 


privileges during encounters with police.

Many white people have difficulty 


comprehending other racialized communities' 


legitimate distrust of the police. This is because 


they are generally ignorant of how quickly 


many police officers brutalize non-white


 people and how little they value non-white


 lives.


White Americans should start paying attention


to the reported experiences of others who have


encountered police who have deeply ingrained 


racist attitudes, as well as the blatant abusive


actions such bigoted attitudes arouse. 

The positive and significant relationship that 


should exist between law enforcement and 


non-white communities has been severely 


broken. Law enforcement's image has been 


seriously damaged, and it has become a 


brutally, troubling vicious cycle of violence, 


divisiveness, and mistrust.



Unfortunately, racism, white supremacy, and 


far-right militancy have all been "Hidden in plain


 sight" in law enforcement. The government's 


response to known links between law enforcement


 officers and violent racist as well as militant


 groups has been woefully inadequate.

@notstanleytucci As we await the verdict, this passage has been running through my mind... #jamesbaldwin explains Black America’s discontent with #policebrutallity ♬ original sound - I am NOT Stanley Tucci

Law enforcement officials, like any other 


government employee, must be intimately 


familiar with the rules and regulations that 


govern their work. 



Making split-second decisions in a field heavily


 scrutinized and frequently dangerous requires


 a God-fearing, strong constitutional foundation.



In tense situations, when fear, emotions, bigotry, 


and "isms" take over, it can lead to misjudgment,


 which can mean the difference between another


 person's or their own life and death.




A poor and/or hasty decision, made in the heat 


of the moment, influenced by heightened "isms," 


bigotry, and emotions can also mean the difference 


between constitutional policing and an abuse of 


power.

How do we progress in this age of enlightenment 


in which biased policing appears to be the norm 


rather than the exception?



When community trust in law enforcement 


deteriorates, it triggers already poor relationships 


between some communities and police 


departments, especially when minority groups


 are disproportionately targeted.


We not only need to know what's right... 


we need to do what's right. If we don’t do 


what we know is right, we have done wrong. 



To those who know how to do good, and fail


 to do it, they are guilty of an act of evil. 


Therefore, to one knowing to do good and not 


doing it is wrong... it is corrupt to the core.

In disproportionate instances, police officers 


exit their squad cars with their weapons drawn,


commanding African Americans to "put their


 hands up... get on the ground, spread their legs, 


and place their hands on top of their heads." 


 The traffic stop could be for something as minor


 as a broken tail light. 



When people have asked why he/she is being


 ordered to the ground and treated so brutally, the


 officer accuses them of resisting arrest. Many 


African Americans are wrongfully detained. 



Some bad apples, steeped in bigotry and armed 


with guns and badges, have agreed to falsify 


multiple reports and sworn statements in order to


incriminate African Americans.



If police attempted to enter white areas like they


 do African American communities there would 


be a violent uprising. White people are known for 


not only questioning “ what happened”, but also


 interrogating police with face-to-face, 


nose-to-nose confrontations.


Police officers cannot be allowed to break the law 


and violate people's constitutional rights simply 


because they have chosen to be homicidal vigilantes.


 Where is the justice in this? 


Who is being protected and served


 in these cases as a taxpaying citizen?

The systemic disputes ingrained in American


 policing are nothing new. Our policing 


system, in America, has been racist since its 


inception during the slavery era. The system


 continues to treat Black men, in particular, with


 contempt. 



The first police department in the country was 


in Charleston, South Carolina. It originated 


as a slave patrol to oversee and keep 


under observation the enslaved and prevent 


them from planning any defiance and/or 


resistance in an effort to realize freedom. 



In 1639, South Carolina passed a law 


requiring the enslaved to be kept in 


subjugation and obedience. In Virginia, 


legislators passed a law removing felony 


penalties if the slaver murdered the enslaved


 who resisted.



Things are simply warmed over differently. 

It is the same song... police are still an 

occupying force who can escape liability 

for engaging in unconstitutional and 

illegal acts committed against 

African Americans.


Clearly, it is the same song... 


different verse.


There is a separate legal framework in place that protects


racist police officers from criminal charges. This 


framework gives police special rights to be 


forceful and automatically suspect criminal 


activity, particularly with ethnic minorities, in


the very communities they swore to protect


 and serve.



  How long will the Criminal Justice System, 


disturbingly, turn a blind eye and protect police


who endanger and/or kill unarmed 


African Americans


 by using threatening and lethal tactics?


In 2021, African Americans


continue to be burdened with life


threatening and ofttimes murders 


by biased police who view Black


 people as a danger... a threat, 


and a body that needs to be 


controlled. 



Police are using excessive force, 


i.e., kicks in the heads, stomachs,


chokeholds, deploying dogs, 


snipers on armored tactical


 vehicles, and inappropriately 


deploying tear gas without 


warning when encountering 


many African Americans. This 


kind of discriminatory conduct 


can and is ripping up the social 


fabric in African American 


neighborhoods. 



How long will the Criminal 


Justice System be complicit 


and allow officers who choose 


to use lethal force, in African 


American situations, as an initial 


tactic?



It seems strange how officers 


can initiate encounters with 


white people in a polite way 


and for an African American... 


a tail light issue gets one 


slammed to the ground, treated


inhumanely and possibly killed.



How long will the Criminal Justice


 System continue to downplay the


 racism which is embedded in the 


way policing is done in America?



How long will the system allow 


over-policing and brute force by


 some police officers to happen?



Is our Criminal Justice System 


pretending to be just and equal... 


when in reality it was purposely


designed with all sorts of


inequality and injustice?


Incremental reforms have not


 worked. 



Why is the Department of Justice 


not mandating 


"Bias free policing?"


Why not consider deconstructing this obviously


rigged, ruthless, scripted system and reconstruct it 


where we all can live in a free society. We should all 


be free and independent... that's how God created 


us to be.


With over 1.5 million people behind bars, 


the United States has one of the highest 


incarceration rates of any nation. Private 


companies are now running prisons for both 


the federal government and 29 states. 

 


 A rising number are held in prisons run


 by private companies. Supporters say these 


private prisons save money. Yet a growing


 body of academic research suggests that while


 privately run facilities may be cheaper, they


 are worse for inmates’ rights and raise questions


 about business ethics. 



The privatization of prisons and jails stems from


 the early 1980s, when the Corrections Corporation


 of America was formed. One of its founders said


 their approach was the same as any other business.


“You sell it like you were selling cars or real 


estate or hamburgers,” CCA co-founder 


Thomas W. Beasley told Inc. magazine in 1988. 

Many people in heavily policed neighborhoods


see negative police encounters as forms of 


discrimination or racism. The painful effects


 of these unnecessary police killings ripple 


from their victims, their families, and 


communities as they continually endure 


being traumatized, injured, suffer death, 


and loss.

Every police killing and/or violent act by


 police toward civilians can have painful


 and extensive results.

Our criminal justice system is in a crisis. Might 


and power has fallen into the hands of unscrupulous


 and unprincipled people, disguised as leaders. 



Some police are disproportionately targeting 


members of marginalized groups with 


unnecessary traffic stops, harassments, and 


arrests. 



Even when crowds of African Americans


 peacefully protest, the police, in far too many 


cases, aggressively move in, and what was


 peaceful then becomes violent. 



Why do some police routinely treat African American,


men in particular, with so much disrespect



African Americans are more likely to be profiled, treated 


harshly, and searched at a traffic stop than a white person.


 In far too many instances for African Americans, a simple


 traffic stop can quickly escalate into a dangerous and/or


 deadly consequence. 



Many people of color have faced humiliating, forceful, 

and unwarranted treatment such as: cuffings, tazings, 


punchings, slammings, sluggings, draggings, shootings, 


and vigilante style sidewalk justice.



Some officers have not been truthful in their reportings. 


They have lied, falsified, and concealed. These kinds 


of injustices can have lasting consequences for future


generations and cause extraordinary harm, social 


disadvantages and disparities for individuals and our


 society. 



People of color are also likely to face racial discrepancies 

in our criminal justice system. They are likely to face 

disproportionate prosecutions, unfair trials, and

 disproportionately severe sentences on criminal charges.
 


High rates of incarceration of African Americans has


 become the norm for prison landscapes. African


 Americans continue to be excessively imprisoned at a 


considerably higher rate than their white counterparts. It 


has been reported that in 2011, there were more African 


Americans in prison than those enslaved in the U.S. 


before the Emancipation Proclamation!


In the United States, the system



 incarcerates more people than any



 other country in the world. There are 



over two million inmates in prisons, 



jails, and detention centers. 




Why do Latinos and African



 Americans account for the majority 



of the prison population?



There is something very wrong with 



this current reality! Let us reflect on


 


how and why this crisis of further 



oppressing the oppressed is the norm.



Why are so many African Americans 



serving drastic prison sentences? 


Being stopped and questioned by police in connection 


with a crime can be a deeply troubling experience for 


most, but in far too many cases marginalized individuals 


are being criminalized and their human rights are being


violated. 

It has been witnessed by many and reported that, 


especially in disadvantaged communities, some officers 


are totally disregarding the constitutionality of criminally 


inciting violence, the use of excessive force, and inflicting 


bodily harm and/or death, especially on people of color. In 


many cases, this kind of aggressively combative behavior 


and corruption of public morals is not based on reason or


 common sense, but rather on evil and hateful conjectures


 and/or assumptions. Many of these morally contaminated, 


risky, detrimental, unwholesome, corrupt, debilitating and 


unsound policing strategies have resulted in increased 


arrests of African American men, in particular, for 


nonaggressive and lesser offenses. 



Once the damage has been done, these kinds of encounters


 can negatively hinder one's ability to find gainful 


employment and/or have a hand in many facets of 


civic life. This kind of wrong-doing


 can obstruct the family and their personal progress 


and have a significantly negative, corrupting, and draining


 impact on the entire law enforcement department.

Could it be that some police are acting


 with racial hostility and bitterness?

 


Could their resentment and hostility 


be motivated by racial discrimination?



  Could it be that some have been


primed to think about African 


Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, 


etc., as threats to their white status?



Could it be that some feel threatened 


that their white privilege is 


diminishing?


Could it be time for us to take the 


blinders off of all of this racist bigotry 


and honestly look at the 


root cause?

The first point of contact with the criminal justice system 


is usually with the police. The police are hired, sworn, 


paid and empowered to patrol and maintain order, respond 


to calls, prevent and investigate illegal activitieskeep


 the peace, protect the public and keep communities safe. 



When warranted, they make an arrest and transport 


suspects. Because police are the most visible 


governmental power for the citizens, they are expected to 


deal effectively with crime and disorder and to be 


impartial. They are expected to produce justice through 


the fair and restrained use of their authority.



Police officers are expected to remain level-headed in 


stressful and dangerous situations. However, racial 


profiling and other discriminatory practices, by some, 


targets individuals for minor traffic violations and once 


stopped... out of the woodworks there is a baseless


 suspicion of crime. 



Many of the baseless claims are due, in part,


to the individual's race, ethnicity, national origin and 


neighborhood. Their judgments, decisions, actions 


and perceptions are oftentimes based on implicit 


racial bias. 


We are hearing more and more news about police who 


have lost their way and failed to capture the true role of 


police in our society. Some have a cruel and reckless


disregard and indifference for human life, especially in


disadvantaged communitiesThese issues are a complete 


affront to taxpayers who fund and expect for officers 


of the law to protect, serve and repair (to lessen the 


damage), as they were sworn to do. 



Where is the justice and service to 


humanity?



Where is the U.S. Constitution's core 


promise of equal protection under the 


law to all and freedom from 


unreasonable searches and seizures?



  There are far too many rotten apples, in policing, who


 see and treat non-whites as sub-human beings. This kind 


of mentality, with a badge and gun, is usually raging, evil,


 reckless, grossly incompetent, insecure and depraved. 


They act with deliberate indifference, and tend to


 intentionally handcuff their victims and violate human 


life. This can result in... unconstitutional and unlawful 


policing. This kind of behavior is unacceptable. 



Is this kind of behavior following law 


enforcement's oath of honor, mission 


and values?



Let us be clear, police officers are people who come in


 different degrees of good and evil, just as the rest of us. 


In far too many cases, reckless officers, targeting minority 


individuals, are enforcing nonsensical rules, on innocent 


members of the public, based on random choice and/or 


personal whim.


 

People's rights are being trashed and their lives are being 


destroyed by severe beatings, dreadful tortures and totally


 unnecessary, unreasonable, awfully unlawful fatal 


episodes which, in far too many cases, end in


 unjustifiable assaults and/or murders. Many victims who 


often face harassment are the common civilians, the 


vulnerable groups... mainly, non-white Americans. 

Are there standards of behavior or 

beliefs concerning what is and is not

 acceptable as standards of conduct for 

arresting officers?

This blog is not a stance against law enforcement 


professionals who value the sanctity of life and


 righteously strive to protect and serve, with purpose, the 


citizens and their Constitutional rights. 



We know there are many respectful and respected police


 officers who know that integrity matters. These men and 


women are fair and committed to ensuring exemplary 


legal and effective law enforcement conduct. They tend to 


have a moral compass/conscience which operates as a 


unifying set of shared values, beliefs and behavior within 


our society. 



Many officers are mindful of the fact that they are dealing 


with fellow human beings. These individuals perform 


at their best and do the work they were sworn to do, to 


the best of their ability. They follow the principles and 


values that define their profession and treat all citizens 


with empathy, respect and dignity... the way they would


 want their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, 


aunts and uncles, etc., to be treated. They do whatever it 


takes to serve and protect the community.



 We support and commend those who courteously 


and appropriately, without malice, prejudice, animosities, 


or ill will enforce the law uprightly and value their badge 


as a symbol of public trust and service. 



But, like any career, there will always be some who are 


not a good fit. Most of us have come to realize that the 


actions of a few bad officers can have macro-implications,


 casting a negative light on the entire police department. 



This blog is about the problem police officers who are

 

perpetuating profoundly dangerous acts of violence and are


 clearly revealing the presence of a depraved mind. 



There are individuals who quickly abandon the idea of


 protecting with courage and serving with compassion.


These individuals have ego-based pride and are


 consciously indifferent to what is right, just, and true. 



The gravity and magnitude of cowards who become 


somewhat inebriated with the power of the badge and 


uniform is alarming. They wear the police uniform, but


 quickly abandon all values, standards, rules, code of


 conduct and use of force policies. 



There are a few criminals, bad officers, in uniform who 


wear their badges to deliberately act unlawfully, and 


they are a disgrace... a major slap in the faces of those


 who take policing as an honored and noble profession.

The Public Servant 


should be well trained by a morally upright, honest, just 


and true public servant who teaches officers how to


righteously conduct themselves with society, as a whole. 

A good police officer brings more than solid training to 


the table. The best police officers bring to the table...


self-control, uprightness, honesty, intelligence, as well 


as good communication and people skillsThey act with 


courtesy and know how to relate and build effective


 interactions with the public, whether they are monitoring


 regular patrols, responding to an emergency and/or 


responding to non-emergency calls. 



They are critical thinkers who seek the truth. They 


respond to people in a cordial and respectful way. They 


realize that a calm and humane attitude will calm, 


de-escalate and best serve the situation... keeping 


everyone safe



Approaching a situation with decency maximizes the 


chance for a peaceful exchange. It keeps people calm, 


more cooperative and it helps with community trust.



Integrity is a fundamental trait required for policing


 and quite possibly the most important. The most 


respected and productive police officers believe these


 qualities are key factors in gaining public trust and


 confidence. 



These men and women perform top quality work and 


see public service as a career that is more of a "higher


 calling". They see their careers as their opportunity to 


make a positively good difference in people's lives. 


They follow the department's guidelines and do what 


is honest and decent. They show up focused on serving 


all people, rather than running into a situation "Guns 


blazing", like raging madmen with fearful, stressful,


 hostile, adversarial energy of "Shoot first and think 


later". They realize that viciously combative mindsets 


are unnecessary, unproductive, and can threaten 


constitutional rights and public safety. 



The honorable men and women of the police force are 


usually good communicators and they patiently listen.


 This, regardless of the situation, helps to decrease the


 scope and/or intensity of many situations. 



 These mature men and women realize and understand the 


value of de-escalation skills. They have the common sense 


and decency to know that de-escalation has, can, and will


 avert gross misconduct and abuse, which could lead to


deadly tragedies. 



 Good police officers are exceptionally reasonable, decent, 


fair, egoless and upright professionals who play an


 important role in our communities, by maintaining public 


order. These professionals have the ability to relate to 


people who are experiencing a crisis, unresolved issues


 and incredible hardships. 



When they find themselves in the midst of tragedies and 


chaotic moments of people's lives... they don't aggravate 


or stir up the chaos, but faithfully engage in their duties to 


prevent and solve issues, crisis, and/or crime. 



They earn the trust of the communities they serve because 


they try to develop a good rapport with the community,


 fellow officers and with those from diverse cultures. They


 show compassion and tend to empathize, while still


 remaining professional. 



They are men and women who are focused on keeping


 our communities safe, thus, allowing society to thrive.


 The general public tends to respect those who have not 


lost the human touch and, for the most part, the 


community views them as strong authority figures. 


Many sworn police officers are well-intentioned, noble,


 and prefer to be seen as heroes... the good guys, not the


 agitating bad guys with a gang-like mentality, no 


accountability and evil, brute-like hidden agendas. 



Many police officers desire to protect and serve all people,


 but that doesn't mean they are not influenced by their 


surroundings, straying behavior of corrupt friends, 


coworkers, etc. Rotten apples have been known to spoil 


their companions. One bad apple can become a few bad 


apples.

 


Many can become susceptible (indoctrinated) into a


corruption cycle by watching the actions of veterans and 


superiors. These behavior patterns can result in acting 


on implicit biases, racism, prejudices and use of 


unnecessary force protocols, which have proven to be, in


 many cases, dangerous and/or deadly.

To say that all police officers are bad people is an 

outlandish and inaccurate statement. But, even the good 

guys are not immune to the systemic biases that is bred in 

police departments across the country. Feelings of 

camaraderie, brotherhood, and institutional pressures from 

chain of command can affect even the noblest officer.

The vast majority of law enforcement officers adhere to a 


strict moral and ethical code. They are dedicated, well


 behaved, thoughtful people who believe in the sanctity of 


life and the protection of the public.

Unfortunately, people can become jaded... influenced by


 their environment and misled via their training,


supervision, reviews, and little to no accountability or 


disciplinary repercussions, as it relates to racial profiling,


systemic biases, abuse of power, excessive use of force, 


brutality, corruption, coercive interrogations, witness 


tampering, and other extreme misconduct.

Police and urban community relations are incredibly 


complicated.


Could police brutality, racism and 


mass incarceration be an attempt to 


maintain white supremacy?


The Police Force Evolved From 



Night Watch Officers and Jim Crow



Slave Catchers.


Over 100 African civilizations were destroyed by the


 European invasion. Most of the historical buildings and


 monuments were destroyed. The Europeans brought in


 diseases, i.e., smallpox and influenza, which spread and 


killed many African people. The invaders plundered,


 raped (men and women) and executed those they felt


 needed to be executed.



Millions of Africans were scattered and faced horror and


 death as they were forcibly taken from their African


 homelands, arrived on American soil and enslaved.

By the start of the Civil War in 1860, there were 

approximately 4 million slaves of African ancestry in the 

United States. 

Even after the Civil War, Slavery and its despicable racist


 rationalization that African Americans were sub-human...


resulted in America experiencing a long, shameful, and 


inexcusable mangled history of exploiting and meting out 


harsh and inhumane punishment on African Americans. 



The scar of racism has 


agonized our country from


 its inception. The scars and 


impacts continue, to this


 

day, and cannot be ignored. 


Dehumanization is racism on steroids. It is driven by the 

worst atrocities that human beings have perpetrated 

against one another, i.e., genocide, war, and racial 

oppression.

The traders/enslavers captured slaves for revenue. The 


enslaved Africans performed all of the labor and the 


enslaver prospered from their toil. The enslaved were 


denied rightful share in the economic, social and/or


 political progress in the United States. 



The traders/enslavers thought it was important to keep the

 Africans in check, after all... the enslaved were exploited 

for their labor and financially profitable to the enslaver. 

As quiet as it was kept, many of the enslavers were fearful

 that the Africans would become rebellious and develop 

into a threat to the economic status quo... especially since

they relied on the toil of the Africans to financially benefit 

them. As plantations began to grow and slaves were 

becoming necessary, slave trade grew popular. This 

caused others to compete for control of the slave.


Slaves began to rebel against the treatment and labor they 


received. Africans ran away or plotted rebellions against 


their owners to escape the harsh conditions in which they 


lived. Slaves who were tired of their work began to rebel 


against their owners.



The local government officials, initially, gave white people


 the right to assert control over Africans and place Africans


 under arrest, castigate the, beat and send the Africans


 back to the enslaver/trader's home, if they were thought to 


be wayward. 



Later, the government, with its coercive power, mandated 


that other citizens were to apprehend any slave who left 


the enslaver/trader's property without permission. This 


was for the express purpose of controlling the slave 


population and protecting the interests of slave owners.

According to Sally E. Hadden, author of, Slave Patrols: 


Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas, the Slave


catchers would mount and arm themselves with whips and 


guns and ride in groups on horseback, at night, in an effort 


to chase down and terrorize the enslaved into submission.  

Physical and psychological violence took many forms, 


i.e., the brutal beatings, purposely dividing families, 


depriving the enslaved of food, etc. This kind of brutal, 


terrorizing, "law and violence" policing imposed on


 enslaved Africans was a means of dominance and social 


control. 


Fear was used as a weapon to render 


the African American men docile and 


weak before the insecure white men.

The militarization of policing in America has grown 

exponentially, transforming an already troubled culture in 

many parts of law enforcement into an occupying force. 

The result of this militarization, the public is both less safe 

and less free. Black people who encounter militarized 

police, in their daily lives, are far more likely to end up

 dead or injured as a consequence of an officer’s 

militarized mindset.

American policing started with Slave 


Catchers who armed themselves and 


controlled minorities through terror 


and brutality.

Slave patrol was one of the earliest forms of policing and 


their influence lives on. In fact, it set the tone for modern 


day policing. Just take an honest look at the sickening 


consistency of atrocities in our society with law


 enforcement and African Americans.



Could it be that the oppressed and marginalized


has a special place in God's heart?

According to Jeremiah 49:12, God says to Edom: If 


the innocent must suffer, how much more must you! You 


shall not go unpunished! You must drink this cup of 


judgment! 

The kinship between the Slave patrols and American 


policing are very discernible. The institution of slavery 


and the control of minorities were two of the more 


formidable historic features of American society shaping 


early policing.


The legacy of slavery and racism did not end after the 


Civil War. It can be argued that extreme violence against 


people of color became even worse. Vigilantes, the Ku 


Klux Klan and/or lynch mobs were notorious for 


assaulting and hanging minorities first... and asking 


questions later.


Far too many police officers are permitted to treat people 

inhumanely simply because they are African American.

Sally E. Hadden argues, there are distinct parallels 

between the legal slave patrols before the war and 

extra-legal terrorization tactics used by vigilante groups 

during Reconstruction, most notoriously, the Ku Klux 

Klan. She claims, after the Civil War, police departments, 

in the south, carried over aspects of the slave patrols. 
Slave patrol was the predecessor to 

what we have come to know as 

modern day policing.

Just as Black men were lynched for transgressions that 


would not be considered crimes at all, had a white man 


committed them, African Americans, today, are two-and- 


a-half times as likely, if not more, as their white 


counterparts to die at the hands of the police.

Only one percent of police have been 

charged.
Some police union contract provisions

 impede effective investigations of

 police misconduct and shield

problematic officers from disciplinary 

measures for their criminal liability 

and/or unreasonable force.
"Mass incarceration is, 

metaphorically, 

the New Jim Crow".


"A stunningly comprehensive and well 

disguised system of racialized social 

control that functions in a manner 

strikingly similar to Jim Crow".


"The primary targets of (the penal 

system's) control can be defined 

largely by race."


"A racial caste system", a type of 

stratification wherein people of color 

are kept in a inferior position.

Michelle Alexander earned a J.D.

from Stanford Law School. 

She is an archaeologist, writer, civil 

rights advocate, and visiting professor 

at Union Theological Seminary (New 

York City). Alexander claims that

 people of color are disproportionately

labeled as "Criminals", this allows the 

unleashing of a whole range of legal 

discrimination measures in 

employment, housing, education, 

public benefits, voting rights, jury 

duty, and so on.
~Michelle Alexander

It is a fact that blacks have high arrest and stop rates and,


per capita, are much more likely to be injured or die at 


the hands of biased police who may believe that all men 


were created equal, except for blacks.



Dr. King dreamed of a day when police abuse and racial 


violence would be things of the past. “We can never be 


satisfied as long as black Americans continue to be the 


victim[s] of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.” 


Yet, here we are again, almost 60 years later, faced with 


the same or maybe even greater discriminatory policing


 practices that Dr. King personally faced.



Regrettably, injustice lives on and "Justice for all" 


remains far from being realized.



In 2020, when a Black person is killed by police, we learn 


more about the black victim's criminal past than the police 


who killed the victim. If the victim does not have a 


criminal record, we hear demonizing, twisted, ignorant  


remarks about the victim once driving with a broken tail 


light or talk about when the victim was seen jaywalking.


If the victim has ever been arrested, and far too many have 


been arrested without cause, they will find mug shots of 


the victim or a bad looking snapshot that makes the victim 


appear threatening. Then they will juxtapose it with a 


flattering portraits of the killer, with the American flag in 


the background, crisp uniform decorated with things most 


of people associate with honorable.

The masses are not ignorant. It is ignorant to 


underestimate the intelligence of people. Most are very 


well aware of all the subliminal and antagonistic


 messages, psychological warfare and white supremacist 


systems plaguing and harming our friends and families


That is disrespectful.

This 17-year-old killed two protesters and injuring

 another in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during protests 

over the shooting of another black man. 

Kyle Rittenhouse was recklessly endangering the the 

safety of many; yet he can be seen walking toward 

responding police vehicles. Police drive past him. He

then approaches a squad car before walking away. He 

was apprehended the following day. 

We are in the middle of a pandemic! This young boy is 

from Illinois. He recklessly possessed a dangerous 

weapon and is under 18. 

Why was he there? 

He does not appear to be an innocent kid, especially 

seeing that he announced what he was going to do, online, 

and intentionally carried and used a rifle!!!
  

Armed white boy walks past police and is apprehended 


the following day. He was not slammed to the ground. His 


face was not slammed pounded into the sidewalk, his neck 


was not held down with a knee. He was treated as if 


nothing had just happened.


WHERE IS THE 


JUSTICE???

Without transparency, there will not be 


any kind of accountability.


Should being a police 


officer give license to maim 


or kill anyone anytime


with minimal reason?


How is it okay to associate black with guilty and not have


 equal rights to a fair trial?

How many cases of police 

cover-ups, brutality and 

murders have we NOT seen?

One might wonder, just how many times has one dressed


 in police uniform... hidden behind the badge and


committed heinous crimes, i.e., maiming or taking the 


lives of unarmed black Americans... then destroying  


evidence and evading justice?

Cases against police officers with deeply embedded biases 


have been extremely difficult for the victim to win. In


 some instances, cases have been sabotaged because


 witnesses were usually fellow officers who remained


 silent or were actively involved in the "No snitch" buddy


system.


Unfortunately, some do not speak out when their fellow 


officer(s) either use excessive force or unnecessary 


force. Some have fabricated police reports either by


commission, omission or assent.


There are still some who will go out of their way to


disadvantage entire groups of people on the basis of


race; however, with technology being so advanced, many 


longstanding inequalities and racism are now being


captured on video. 


Cellphone video has made it possible to expose the bad


behavior, racism, discrimination, and other unsettling and


upsetting incidents which could have been reported with 


different spins.


Citizens are now better equipped to inform the proper 


authorities and get justice with their eyewitness reports and


 real-time video footage... which backs up their claims. 


Citizens have become the sidewalk journalists. They are 


now able to capture bad behavior as it unfolds.



Assault is assault!



Let us be honest, behind the badge and 


beyond the uniform is a human being 


with behaviors that could be criminal.


 

An individuals thoughts and actions speaks volumes about 


the individual they come from more so than the person 


they targeted. One can tell a lot about a person by what 


they choose to think and how they choose to treat another.


It is a fact that blacks have high arrest and stop rates and, 


per capita, are much more likely to be injured or die at the 


hands of biased police who may believe that all men were 


created equal, except for blacks.


There is indisputable evidence casting
 
very real and harsh light on police 


brutality and irreparable loss of life to
 

African American victims and their 


families. 


For many people of color there is 


very thin dehumanizing line between 


life and death when interacting with 


racially biased police.

Is this protecting and serving?

Police misconduct refers to illegal or inappropriate actions 

taken by an officer. 
Excessive use of force, brutality, corruption, coercive 

interrogations, witness tampering, or racial profiling can 

result in physical harm or death, false imprisonment, and 

violation of constitutional rights.

Police Misconduct?


Dehumanization is the denial of full humanness in others 

and the cruelty and suffering that accompanies it. 

Dehumanization spawns from racism 

and hatred and is the very foundation

 of injustice.
  
Dehumanization is every act or thought that treats a 

person as "Less than" human and a technique in the

incitement to genocide.

Oppression, domination and 

dehumanization... this kind of 

policing has gone on far too long!
 

It has to stop! 

We cannot treat human beings this way and think 

it is okay. 

How would you feel if someone treated your family 

member or friend this way?

 These vivid pictures of oppression and dehumanization 

should invite us to consider oppression in all forms. Not 

only does God not wish oppression on anyone, God 

abhors oppression.

Most perpetrators consider themselves to be racially 


superior and others... inferior. Some would rather believe 


that blacks excessively contribute to the high crime rate.


 Biased and slanted reports from mainstream media, 


serving their own interests, can further warp unsuspecting 


viewers, listeners and readers... without producing any 


reliable evidence to support their claims. 


Some people never consider the fact that statistics 


are influenced by a disproportionate rate of biased 


arrests and convictions of blacks. 


The over-focus on demonizing blacks may very well be 


camouflaging the critically high crime rate that could very 


well be within the white populace.

Research supports the idea that many

 

are turning a blind eye and are 


refusing to challenge this brutal, 



inhumane status quo which deprives 



black people of justice and equality.



Most would agree, we can no longer



deny the realities of implicit bias and



systemic racism anywhere in this



world! 



So much has to change. Mistreating 


people of a particular race is 


racism. 



Using tactics like intimidation


and threats when blacks are seeking to 


exercise their rights is devilish.

People, in the United States of America, are being


terrorized, traumatized, brutalize and killed by violent and 


aggressive officers who were sworn to protect and serve.



How would you feel if this person was your child, your 


sibling or parent?



Please help us to understand or see the humor in this?


Research has found that both systemic and individual 


racial biases operate against African Americans and other 


people of color in police departments nationwide. Studies


have found that police officers use force against African 


Americans seven times more often than against whites 


who were engaged in behaviors very similar to their 


counterparts.

In 2011, Paul R. Allen, 55, of Oakton, Virginia, was 


sentenced to 40 months in prison after being convicted of 


fraud for participating in a $2.9 billion scheme that caused


 the mortgage and lending firm Taylor, Bean & Whitaker 


to go under. 

Two years earlier, Roy Brown, 54, a homeless African-


American man, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor 


without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension 


of sentence for robbing a bank in Shreveport, Louisiana. 



According to reports on the story, Brown, the homeless 


man, only took $100 from the three stacks of money 


handed to him and returned the stacks back to the teller. 


He told the teller he needed it because he was homeless,


 hungry and needed the money to stay at the detox center. 



After feeling remorseful, he voluntarily surrendered to the 


police the next day and told them his mother didn't raise 


him that way. He received the 15 year sentence.


The CEO was given a relatively lenient sentence of 


months for his involvement in a multi-billion dollar fraud


 scheme versus the homeless man who only took $100


 from a bank... 


where is the justice for all?

With the enormous attention given to street crimes, one 


would think that street crimes are the costliest and 


deadliest type of criminal activity... not true. 



White collar crimes of the elite, 



i.e., wage theft, strings of 



fraud charges, insider trading, 



labor racketeering, 



embezzlement, cybercrime,



copyright infringement, 




money laundering, identity theft,



forgery, conspiracy, unauthorized



 banking transactions, ponzi 



schemes, bribery, and committing 



other heinous crimes and deflect 



those crimes on fictitious black 



people. This kind of behavior has



 been going on for eons! That's evil.



White collar criminal lying, cheating and stealing are far 


more costly and harmful to society than blue collar or 


street crimes. As quiet as the media has kept it, the FBI 


estimates that the white collar crimes costs the US 


economy more than $300 billion a year and can have 


serious impact on people's lives.



How is this justifiable? 



According to the FBI, the annual cost of street crime is 


$15 billion compared to nearly $1 trillion for white collar 


crime; yet, the white collar criminal is treated with more 


respect and leniency. If they are sentenced... the time they 


serve is disturbingly short. Juxtaposed with the harsh 


sentences black men receive, 19.1% longer sentences than 


white men for similar crimes, this is a walk in the park... 


slap on the wrist. 



The broken legal system has been guilty of unfairly 


treating the politically elite crimes committed in office 


buildings, with mostly middle-aged caucasian white


 collar offenders who are gainfully employed with middle 


class backgrounds, respectfully and humanely. The legal 


system seems to have a tendency to always find a way for 


well off white people to receive preferential treatment.

Is it truly justice when race and class 


determines how a defendant is treated?



Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, 

"Justice isn't blind, 



it's bought".

The majority of people in the system are 


disproportionately poor, black and Latino. They are rarely


if ever treated with kindness, leniency or compassion. 

Many, in our multi-racial and 


multi-ethnic society are deeply


 concerned over the unequal police


enforcement, the unnecessary and


 often excessive use of force, racial


 profiling and militarization, 


especially... against people of color. 

It has been reported that during training, police recruits 


spend 58 hours... almost two and a half days on firearms 


training. This is seven times longer than they dedicate to 


de-escalation training.

Do the police use one set of strategies 


with white people and another with 


people of color?



Does one's socio-economic status have 



anything to do with who is targeted by 


police?

Black people are disproportionately targeted, over-policed 

and more often than not... searched after a stop and 

arrested for simply asking why? 


Who wouldn't ask 

"why?" 

especially when there has not been a stoppable offense?


Black people are often approached by police who 

immediately fuel a stop with anger, yelling, cursing,

 threatening and body slamming face one's down into the 

ground, just on general principle. 

In many cases, the aggressiveness is totally uncalled for. It 

is almost like they have been trained to agitate. It is a stark 

reminder of a new day "Buck breaking". 


Who trains police officers?  


What are they training

 these people to do?


To purposely create trouble, when no offense has been 

committed is not the brightest or most effective route.

 Perhaps better people skills could de-escalate many of 

the encounters and people can calmly yield to the officer's 

demands. Apparently it works because people skills

 are used when they have encounters with caucasians.  


When the live police shows were broadcast, before  

George Floyd's murder, it was very noticeable how 

officers courteously and politely approached white drivers 

or white homes versus black drivers and black homes, etc.

 Bottom line, to aggressively storm black people, without 

cause, is an absurd and half-witted strategy... especially 

when there has been so many unnecessary police killings 

of unarmed black people.
 

Could it be that socio-economic status 


is used to maintain systemic racism?


Police agencies are operating more 


like adrenaline fueled occupying


 soldiers than community protectors.


Part of the problem is the self-image of police as a

 “paramilitary” organization. The core competency of the

 army, stated crudely, is “kill people and destroy property

 to achieve a political objective.” 

Many people — including some cops — believe they are

 like the military, since they have a military-like command

 structure, a code of honor and military-type uniforms. But

 the job of the police is the exact opposite: Their job is to

 prevent the killing of people and the loss of property. The

 problem is that the public, even more so than police,

 doesn’t understand the difference.


Institutionalized racism, also referred 


to as systemic racism, is inequality 


based on race within an organization. 


Systemic racism has been defined as


 those established laws, customs an


practices which systematically reflect 


and produce racial inequalities. It 


negatively affects the bulk of people 


belonging to a racial group.



Institutional and cultural practices 


can perpetuate race inequality.


Systemic racism has brutalized  


multiple generations of black people! 


Systemic racism is much like a new 


spin on "Jim Crow". It can be enacted 


individually or institutionally.



The term "Institutional racism" describes societal patterns 


and structures that imposes oppressive, prejudiced-


ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping or 


otherwise disadvantaged conditions on certain groups of 


people on the basis of race or ethnicity. 


Institutionalized racism is the underbelly of the subtle


 jabber or double-talk of 


"Greatness".



There is indisputable evidence of the indignations, the 


dehumanization and police brutality black people are 


subjected to, on a regular basis, in the United States of 


America, 2020!

 

African Americans still face significant discrimination in 


the labor market. Blacks are statistically less likely to get 


employed or call backs... less likely to get housing... less


likely to get justice... and more likely to be racially


 profiled, pulled over, falsely accused, unfairly targeted


 for suspicion, physically abused (with deadly force),


 verbally harassed without cause... arrested, shot or killed 


by police.

has been committed.


Struggles between African American 


communities and the police have 


existed for centuries. The roots of 


racism run deep.

Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama 1965. Attempt to 


register to vote. Rev. C. T. Vivian of the Southern 


Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC, is telling 


the Dallas County Sheriff Jim Clark (a staunch


 segregationist) that by not letting them into the


 courthouse, he's breaking an injunction. He 


continues to berate him and says that he (sheriff) 


is trying to intimidate them by making the marchers 


wait in the rain when they just want to register 


to vote.

Cases against police officers with these deeply embedded


 biases have been extremely difficult for the victims to 


win. Cases have been, in some instances, sabotaged


because witnesses were usually fellow officers who 


remained silent or were actively involved in the 


"No snitch" buddy system.



Unfortunately, some do not speak out when their fellow 


officer(s) either use excessive force or unnecessary force.


 Some have been known to fabricate police reports either


 by commission, omission or assent.


,

.

The psychological impact of bad encounters with police 


can have lifelong consequences. One can leave a bad 


experience with an officer and associate policing with 


potential hurt, harm or danger.

There is a stark difference in the way blacks are treated


 when pulled over by a biased officer as opposed to the 


way most whites are treated.

 In many cases, once a black person exits their vehicle,


 they may be tried, sentenced and executed without real 


justice being served in a courtroom. 

Even when a person is clearly not a threat... they 


can be racially profiled and violently restrained.


A disproportionate number of Blacks


have been stopped, agitated and 



arrested for trivial reasons by the



police who are abusing their power.



Many individuals who have been 



pulled over have yet to see justice



served. 

The cell phone has been a great tool to stymie the rate of 

people brutalized and killed by police. The proliferation of 

hyper-vigilant citizens video-taping arrests and police 

encounters is helping to combat many of the blatantly

abusive encounters African Americans know all too well.

There are still some officers who will go out of their way 


to disadvantage entire groups of people on the basis of


 race; however, with technology being so advanced, many 


longstanding inequalities and racism are now being


 captured on video. 



Cellphone video has made it possible to expose the bad


behavior, racism, discrimination, and other unsettling and


 upsetting incidents which could have been reported with 


different spins.

Citizens are now better equipped to inform the proper


 authorities and get justice with their eyewitness reports


 and real-time video footage... which we would hope is 


sufficient evidence to back up their claims. Citizens have


become the sidewalk journalists. They are now able to 


capture bad behavior as it unfolds.


Blacks are disproportionately targeted and subjected


 to biased and corrupt police bullying.

Statistics indicate that some officers are using excessive 


force against African American people seven times more 


frequently than against whites. 

Some would rather believe that blacks excessively


contribute to the high crime rate. They never consider


 the fact that their statistics are influenced by the 


disproportionate rate of biased arrests and 


convictions of blacks. 



The over-focus on demonizing blacks may very well be 


camouflaging the critically high crime rate that could very 


well be within the white populace.

.

If a black person and a white person each commit the 

same crime, more often than not, the black person is

likely to be arrested

Black people, for the most part, live in urban areas that are 

more heavily policed. In more heavily policed areas, th

discrepancy could be driven by overt racism which could 

lead to a greater number of accusations, illegal searches, 

higher suspicion and rougher treatment of black people.

In the suburbs and rural areas, the approach is much more 

humane. The person may be as guilty as sin, but may only 

get a slap on the wrist and/or a warning.


Why?

Could it be that police are more inclined to act as if they 


have a license to kill because they have impunity?



Impunity exempts an officer from punishment or harm.


This, unfortunately, means one can carry out their evil and 


sometimes deadly schemes with impunity. This means an


exemption or immunity from punishment or any kind of 


unpleasant consequences.

Policing is playing a key 



role in sustaining 



inequalities.



According to recent studies, there is clear evidence which 


shows black Americans are at a higher risk of being killed


 based on biased judgments made by some police officers. 



Equally distressing are the responses and reports written 


by some officers who know they can avoid responsibilities 


and accountability, for their conduct, by deflecting blame


 on others for causing disturbances, etc. Rather than 


acknowledging the fact that they are the ones who 


dispense corporal punishment at the scene and/or  


play a key role in fanning the flames... they, instead, flip 


the script on the African American who is just trying to 


"Be" in America. 


In many cases... over-zealous officers responding to non-


violent offenses are sometimes responsible for situations, 


unnecessarily, spiraling out of control. These controllers, 


manipulators and/or abusers seem to lack insight into how


 they should engage others. They tend to create certain


 scenarios and write reports that make themselves out to 


be the victims...while condemning their victim. 


Some officers are relentless in pursuing what they want 


and have little regard for who gets hurt along the way


 and/or how an encounter with them can destroy the life 


of another.

When the constitution was written, the time between 


sentencing and execution could be measured in days or 


weeks. Some trigger happy vigilantes, hiding behind the 


uniform, have drastically cut that time frame down to


minutes. They become self-appointed judge, jury and 


executioner.

Many of these unconscionable contemporary police 

killings and/or misconduct are reminiscent of lynchings, 

mob killings, black shaming and/or buck breaking. 

What should "Serve and Protect" mean to the black 


community? 



How can our black communities be assured that when they


interact with officers... the interaction will not take on new


meanings?


One might wonder, just how many times has one dressed


 in police uniform... hidden behind the badge and


committed heinous crimes, i.e., maiming or taking the 


lives of unarmed black Americans... then destroying  


evidence and evading justice?

The question becomes, could the problem be over-zealous, 

trigger happy officers with hidden agendas and little or 

no regard for human life?

.


Buck Breaking Hidden, 


Untold, History

Among us, live courageous protectors of the public. They 


believe the oath “To Serve and Protect” means more than 


slogan on a shield or the side of a patrol car. These brave 


souls are representatives of law enforcement who stand 


for more than just that slogan. 


Some refuse to accept the status quo.


The concept of “Internal Affairs” stands for more than 


protection of those in power. Policies and Procedures 


Manuals demand accountability. 

Not all police officers are bad guys, but camaraderie, 


brotherhood, and institutional pressures from chain of 


command can affect even the noblest officer.


What a major discredit and disappointment to the upright 


and dedicated police officers who serve, protect and build 


trust. They would never betray or dishonor their 


profession. It would be beneath their dignity to betray


 their badge or public trust. 

There are, indeed, police officers who hold themselves


accountable for their actions. They would not even 


 consider stooping to the level of brutes. 


Upright officers protect with courage, serve with 


compassion and are respectful to all. Their words and


 actions are guided by an internal sense of honesty, 


decency and morality. They are sincerely committed 


to serve, protect and improve the quality of life for all 


citizens and the agency they serve.

There are many good, honest, hardworking, personable, 


intelligent, courageous, reasonable, trustworthy police 


officers who go above and beyond the call of duty. They 


are good decision makers, who tend to handle pressure 


well. They are knowledgeable and tend to deal well with 


uncertainties. They are objective, determined, dependable, 


resilient, flexible and they have integrity. They perform 


many random acts of kindness... we never hear about! 



These fine men and women put their lives at risk to 


protect citizens, enforce the laws, patrol assigned areas, 


observe suspicious activities, respond to disturbances, 


monitor and maintain good traffic conditions, prevent 


crimes, have good communication and people skills and 


are able to mediate disputes.



They are not cowardice, self appointed "wannabe


 terrorists" who hide behind uniforms and badges to wreak 


havoc by performing egregious... evil deeds!

Is this policing, or is this 



personal and criminal?

Today, the thought of honor and accountability appears to 


be the most lacking measures in the system. Citizens must 


demand accountability. The system just doesn’t seem to 


understand the concept.

"Protect and Serve" are the words we see on the side of 


many police cars and it is the catch-phrase of many police 


forces. The police have the potential to be a force for good.



To "Protect and Serve" defines the mission of the police. 


This means to "Protect" citizens and "Serve" the public. 


However, it has become increasingly clear that with some


biased officers... those words are beyond the bounds of


recognition and realization, particularly for many 


blacks. 



For many black communities, "To protect and serve" 


means, to protect officers who use excessive force and 


intentionally violate policies and procedures which in 


many cases has resulted in targeting citizens and 


senselessly bullying, demeaning (non-verbally and


verbally), falsely accusing, antagonizing, 


incarcerating and/or causing severe injury and/or death. 



This should be a crime!



There is no real accountability because... a "No Snitch" 


buddy system defends the "Dirty little secrets" and 


corruption of racist criminal officers and allows 


them to pursue goals that serve their own dark and 


sometimes criminal agendas.


This is a gross miscarriage of justice!

Most perpetrators consider themselves


 to be racially superior and others...


inferior. 

This is a 15 year 


old teen!


Far too many bad police officers routinely hurt 


and maim black people. 


How would you feel if the police and the justice 


system treated you or your family member as they 


treat blacks?



YOU WOULD BE 


OUTRAGED!

Is this law and order or disorder? The blue lights, police 


cruisers and uniforms gives us the illusion of protection... 


security. This scene is more like... mob style justice!

Hate crimes and/or death sentences, initiated by 


people with hidden agendas, should not be the fate of 


blacks just trying to live in America. 



Black mothers, fathers, sisters and/or brothers should 


not have to be troubled of what appalling development 


the morning may bring.



Black people are being subjected to cruel, cowardly, 


torturous, gruesome, racist and angry people disguised 


as police officers... hiding behind the badge. 

Contrary to what some may believe... 


Black people are also a part of God's 


amazing creation. 

Could it be that some unchecked lawbreakers are 


actually... aggressively scared officers who intentionally


escalate incidents so they may create an opportunity for


wild justice and fear mongering? 


Could it be a convenience for one to incite and/or 


escalate crimes, in a classic bait-and-switch, which would 


allow them to scream, 


STOP RESISTING...  


to someone who is not resisting?


Could it be that some are creating non-existent scenarios, 


even if someone is sleeping in a drive-through or stopped 


for a tail light outage, to blow things out of proportion, 


draw guns and have power over people which they would 


not have the courage to do in civilian attire?



The murder of black people seems to be dominating the 

headlines and many of those murders have yet to see 

justice. 

 

Why?


In far too many cases, a traffic stop, by the wrong officer, 


could turn into a prelude to wrongful incarceration or a 


death sentence, very quickly.



We can no longer sit idly by and allow a few bad officers 


to create double standards and systemic racial profiling 


in our system of justice. 



We cannot allow fear-mongrels to put on uniform, with 


hidden agendas to terrorize the lives of innocent people. 


This is a disgrace before God!


What should "Serve and Protect" mean to the black 


community? 



How can our black communities be assured that when they


interact with officers... the interaction will not take on new


meanings?

Some would rather believe that blacks excessively


contribute to the high crime rate.


One might wonder, just how many times has an officer 


put on their uniform and the clothes affected how they 


acted. The crisp uniform of the police officer conveys 


power and authority. When a police officer puts on his or 


her uniform the officer is perceived in a very different 


way by the public.



Some have misused and abused the uniform and


committed heinous crimes, in plain sight. Some become 


inebriated with power and maim and/or take the 


lives of unarmed black Americans. Many have learned 


how to tamper with or destroy evidence, thus, evade


 justice.

Research supports the idea that many are turning a blind 


eye and are refusing to challenge this brutal, inhumane 


status quo which deprives black people of justice and 


equality.



Most would agree, we can no longer


 deny the realities of implicit bias and


systemic racism anywhere in this


world! 



So much has to change. Mistreating 


people of a particular race is 


racism. Using tactics like intimidation


and threats when blacks are seeking to 


exercise their rights is devilish.


Black lives are at risk. Blacks are twice as likely to be 


hurt, arrested or killed by an officer. It is said that there 


are more black Americans in the United States justice 


system than there were slaves in 1850. 

Let us be honest, many whites have unearned advantages 


over blacks, and when it is brought to the light... some 


tend to deflect, dismiss, misunderstand and read into it... a 


whole different meaning. That is cruel and selfish. It 


is time that we all look through a more righteous lens 


and stop deflecting the real issues minorities have to face 


when they interact with bad officers.

For those who may not know, there is 


a stark difference in the way blacks 


are treated when pulled over by a 


biased officer as opposed to the way 


most whites are treated. In many 


cases, once a black person exits their 


vehicle, they may be tried, sentenced 


and executed without real justice 


being served in a courtroom. 

Let us not miss the point, black people are being murdered 


and brutalized by police who in many cases get a slap on 


the wrist. These are real lives that are being taken. These 


are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, sons


 and daughters of people who are left in mourning. 


These are lives that have been ripped away from their 


loved ones either through wrongful incarceration or tragic 


acts of violence. How is this acceptable?

Black lives matters denounces systemic racism and police 


brutality that is, on a regular, excessively used against


 black people. 



When people say black lives matter, it does not mean blue 


lives, white lives, red lives, yellow lives and brown lives 


don’t matter. All lives matter is an accurate statement, but 


this is not a matter of devaluing or comparing lives. 



When black people have encounters with biased people 


within the judicial system and police officers, it becomes 


very apparent to black people that they can't or won't see 


the humanity in black lives. Black lives have been grossly 


undervalued and to try to rationalize the horrible injustices 


black people have experienced is just wrong and mean-


spirited. 



How would you feel if the police patrolled your 


community the way they patrol the black community?



How would you feel if the shoe were on the other foot and 


this was your experience in the United States of America?



How would you feel if every move you, your child, your 


brother, sister, mother or father made had to be made 


with severe consideration for their life being threatened or 


taken by those who are hired to preserve law and order?



Whether all humans accept it or not... black lives really 


do matter and should not be subjected to blatant injustice,


 treated with contempt and/or regarded as subhuman, that 


is the point.

How can one say that they love God


 and treat people who were made in


 God's image with such disdain?



God makes it clear, in His Word, that 


no man is superior to another. The


Scriptures do not condone, but 


actually condemns this kind of 


behavior.


There has been growing attention to what many


 characterize as systemic racial disparities in how the

 

police in the United States of America do their jobs. Far 


too many are operating outside of the law. Far too many 


lack sufficient ethical and professional standards, and they

 

are like loose canons without boundaries!




Is it possible for law 


enforcement to start 


focusing on what is 


preventable?

Today, the thought of humanity and accountability appears 


to be the most lacking measure in the system. Citizens 


must demand accountability. The system just doesn’t seem 


to understand the concept.


BLIND LOYALTY

Research supports the idea that 


many are turning a blind eye and are


refusing to challenge this brutal, 


inhumane status quo which deprives 


black people of justice and equality.


Most would agree, we can no longer


 deny the realities of implicit bias and


systemic racism anywhere in this


world! 



So much has to change. Mistreating 


people of a particular race is 


racism. Using tactics like intimidation


and threats when blacks are seeking to 


exercise their rights is devilish.



Most perpetrators consider themselves


 to be racially superior and others...


inferior. 



How can one say that they love God


 and treat people who were made in


 God's image with such disdain?



God makes it clear, in His Word, that 


no man is superior to another. The


Scriptures do not condone, but 


actually condemns this kind of 


behavior.


When given the choice between 


being right and being hateful, 


choose righteousness.


It would behoove our country to take 


major steps to overhaul a policing 


system that facilitates and even 


encourages human rights violations. 



Our system is dysfunctional, abusive and there are far too 


many loopholes to police accountability. Our system is in 


dangerous state of disrepair. These are perilous times. 


Our democracy, civility, truth within the system and the 


gross lack of accountability is broken. It's time that the old 


methods of abuse, threats and loopholes are deconstructed 


and reconstructed to hold police accountable for abuses 


and build a professional, rights-respecting police force. 


Police officers who commit human rights violations, 


regardless of rank, should face appropriate punishment.

It is relatively commonplace...


customary for police to get a lot of 


legal latitude to use force without fear 


of punishment.

These legal standards give 


law enforcement a license to 


kill innocent or unarmed 


people, based on a split 


second decision!

Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the US Police...


documents a range of human rights violations committed 


by police, including arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, 


false reports and extrajudicial "Mob justice". 


These kinds of heinous, unreasonable acts, 


execution/killings/lynchings, 


should be prosecuted and convicted... 


it's criminal.


MAJOR CHANGES ARE NEEDED, 


ASAP!

One step toward resolving this


 systemic problem is to ensure 


that public safety officers follow


 the law.

Deconstruction starts with