With the enormous attention given to street crimes, one
would think that street crimes are the costliest and
deadliest type of criminal activity... which is 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
pinning those crimes on fictitious black people has been
going on for eons! That still doesn't make it right.
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... a
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?
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
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
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.
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 and
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
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
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
has been committed.
Struggles between African American
communities and the police have
existed for centuries. The roots of
racism run deep.
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
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
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.
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
Policing is playing a key
role in sustaining
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
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
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?
Among us, live courageous protectors of the public. They
believe the oath “To Serve and Protect” means more than
a 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.
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
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
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...
This is a 15 year
Far too many bad police officers routinely hurt and maim
How would you feel if the police and the justice system
treated you or your family member as they treat blacks?
YOU WOULD BE
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
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,
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?
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
How can our black communities be assured that when they
interact with officers... the interaction will not take on new
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
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
Most would agree, we can no longer
deny the realities of implicit bias and
systemic racism anywhere in this
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.
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
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-
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
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
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.
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
a 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
These legal standards give
law enforcement a license to
kill innocent or unarmed
people, based on a split
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,
should be prosecuted and convicted...
Deconstruction starts with
the realization that all of reality
is constructed by flawed human
Deconstruction entails the honest and responsible process
of taking apart and reassembling something that is not
working in an upright manner. It means rebuilding with
God as our firm foundation.
Deconstructing means reassembling so that we all may
truly realize a system that honors and is under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!
Deconstruction is important because it helps us uncover,
expose and better understand unrighteous hidden agendas,
the underlying layers of oppression, the mind games and
the abuse of power.
Deconstruction is not
Deconstruction is for the betterment of all mankind. This
re-assembling will help us all to leave this world much
better than we found it.
Deconstructing and reconstructing
will help future generations realize a brighter tomorrow.
Ask any great builder.