aside PROTESTORS WHO JUST WANT TO BE HEARD ARE NOT ANTI POLICE

 

NEW YORK PROTESTORS
NEW YORK PROTESTORS

There is something off key regarding the back and forth rhetoric between the New York police and the  protestors regarding their right to gather together in solidarity while the cops, family members and their supporters are in mourning over the loss of two decent, hard working Brooklyn police officers who were killed at the hands of a very sick individual. Originally, I was totally in agreement with the thinking that the protestors should take a few days off  to show deference for those in mourning over the senseless killing of two innocent policemen.

Then I started to have second thoughts about this issue of the protestors having to give up this right. It bothered me enough to where this became the major reason as to why I thrashed a recent blog favoring protestors taking a moratorium. I rewrote it without referring to this subject as I intended to write about this on a follow up blog. For now, I am focusing solely on the first amendment right of the protestors to gather and mourn the loss of Black lives within their own communities.

I am an older White registered republican who went back and forth about this issue in my mind before I arrived at resolution which satisfies me.

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My second thoughts  began with the question,  what does the protestors  exercising their right to peacefully gather and march have to do with showing deference for  those who wish to mourn the loss of these young police officers? It is one thing if the protestors decided on this tactic on their own but no one has the prerogative to request this as a condition of honoring the untimely, horrible deaths of these innocent young, decent officers.

It is as if officials are indicating that the protestors have something to apologize for instead of  these same leaders recognizing that these protestors simply want to mourn and support each other while marching in order to bring public attention to an important cause which is to end anymore preventable deaths of Black men at the hands of the police. This activity is not designed to engender hatred against the police or to be disrespectful but to stand up for those who can’t.

Brooklyn Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos
Brooklyn Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos

These protestors are asking to have their feelings respected too. Most protestors do not condone violent activities or boorish behaviors towards police officers for simply doing their jobs. They welcome the supportive protection of the police so that their mourning and their messaging is not tainted by criminals who take advantage of those who are sincerely intent in participating in a peaceful protest march.

Dear police, do you not recall how police officials managed to leak ugly data  to the media before the families had a chance to grieve and to have a burial service for a loved one who was fatally hurt by a police officer as in the Ferguson case? Do you not understand that these actions add tremendous pain to a family in mourning over the loss of their loved one at the hands of the police?

TAMIR RICE
TAMIR RICE

Recently, I was watching TV when a former New York leader reminded the viewers that these people who were inadvertently killed by police officers were committing a crime. Let’s make a quick review based on the facts. Tamir Rice, a 12 year old Black child was not committing a crime but just playing in a fantasy world by himself while holding a BB gun. The police who fatally shot him, originally tried to explain away their action by claiming  that they had to shoot because there were others nearby who were in harm’s way. Fortunately, there was a video which proved that there was no one else in the park. The police at the scene did not follow their own  prescribed standard protocol for this type of situation which caused a loss of life which was totally preventable. Then the police showed such respect for this child that they watched him die in agony for four minutes without rendering any aid.

JOHN CRAWFORD III
JOHN CRAWFORD III

Then what about the 22 year old Black man, John Crawford III from Beavercreek, Ohio who made the mistake of picking up a pellet gun from a Wal-Mart shelf while talking on the cell phone. The police who responded to a 911 call took seconds to fatally shoot this young man without taking time to make a proper assessment of the circumstances. If the police felt that someone posed an imminent threat, there are other tools which can be used to constrain someone such as a Taser gun.

LEVAR JONES
LEVAR JONES

Let us not forget Levar Jones, another Black young man who was shot at multiple times by a police officer at a South Carolina gas station for the crime of supposedly not wearing a seat belt. The police official attempted to justify his actions to his superior by stating that he was in fear for his life. However, this time there was a complete video showing what really occurred. The young man was very respectful in following all of the officer’s orders. The only reason this young man is still alive today is because the officer was such a poor shooter.

ERIC GARNER
ERIC GARNER

Now it is time to take a look at the high level criminal activity of recent Black men by which police officers had no choice but to resort to fatally harming these individuals. Michael Brown shoplifted $15.00 worth of cigarillos at a local convenient store as per the St. Louis County Police report #14-43984; Eric Garner in New York had a history of selling untaxed individual cigarettes; and Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill young man committed the major crime of falling asleep on a park bench. Before this young man was fatally shot 14 times by a police officer, he had been checked out by two other police officers who determined that the young man was simply sleeping and so they did nothing. Again, this police officer who did the shooting, did not abide by the standard protocol established to handle a young person with mental illness. Although this officer has been fired for not following the correct protocol, he will not face any criminal charges.

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

There is only the South Carolina police and judicial officials who are choosing to hold the police officer accountable for the shooting of Levar Jones. A choice has been made by the local officials to not protect someone who foolishly thought he could abuse his position of power by shooting a Black young man for no good reason with impunity. He has not only been fired but he is also facing serious felony charges.

There are those police officials who will claim that the above are rare, isolated incidents and it is not fair or right to paint all police officers in the same light. However, since the data regarding this issue is not formally collected in most communities, we do not know how isolated these incidents are. There is one newspaper in Utah which has been compiling this data over a period of years. As per a New Republic article, titled, “More People in Utah Are Killed by Police Than Die in Gang or Drug Violence” by Ben Mathis-Lilley on 11/24/2014, he reports the following: “A Salt Lake Tribune review of nearly 300 homicides, using media reports, state crime statistics, medical-examiner records and court records, shows that use of force by police is the second-most common circumstance under which Utahans kill each other, surpassed only by intimate partner violence. Between 2010 and October of this year, the Tribune found, 45 people were killed by law enforcement officers in Utah. Officer-involved killings ranked as the second-deadliest category of homicide, trailing deaths perpetrated by spouses or partners but ahead of gang killings, drug killings, and deaths resulting from child abuse. Only one of the police-involved killings—the shooting of 21-year-old Danielle Willard during an undercover drug operation in 2012—led to a prosecution, but a judge threw out charges against the officer involved in October.”

DONTRE HAMILTON
DONTRE HAMILTON

In short, the protestors simply want police reform to end the repeated preventable deaths of Black men at the hands of police officers. They are announcing the message that the status quo way of handling these type of cases is no longer an acceptable standard and they intend to march until they are heard.

So, the protestors have every right to continue to peacefully march as it is their constitutional right and their message is just. This stance is not intended to be disrespectful of those who are grieving over the brutal killing of two innocent, young police officers.

However after a lot of thought, I still wish the protestors would call a moratorium for a few days to show the respect to those who have not always demonstrated equal concern for our fallen Black brothers. I genuinely believe that the protestors’ message gains power and strength if they take the higher road. Alternatively they lessen the power of those who are acting out of hate, racism and intolerance,  by acting in a magnanimous way even though they are not obligated to do so.

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UPDATES:

This morning (12/24/14), the ST. Louis Post Dispatch reported that another minority young person, Antonio Martin, 18, was fatally shot by police at a Mobil gas station in Berkeley, which is near Ferguson. Later, police stated  that the victim was armed while aiming  a gun towards them and the gas station’s video verifies this. Those in the know say that the Berkeley police culture is not remotely similar to what we have come to expect from the Ferguson PD.

Those protestors deliberately taunting police officers who are simply doing their jobs are hurting their message of demanding police reform when they act toward others with the same disregard that they claim to have endured. Listen to the words that Benjamin Watson published on his Facebook account on November 25, 2014 regarding this issue:

“I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.”

Police Officers who sing limericks demonstrating how they really feel about the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of  police do not demonstrate the good sense and  sound judgment that I expect to be paying for with my tax dollars. On 12/24/2014, the Obamacrat.com and the Grio printed the lyrics of a song shared at an Elk’s Lodge recent annual charity event with about 50 LAPD personnel in attendance and backed by some of the top brass. However,  someone was able to record the song and to then share it with TMZ. This is what some of the LAPD top brass feels is okay:

In the video a lodge member and former federal official  Gary Fishell can be heard leading others in the song that contained these lyric:.

“Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin’
With a badass policeman
And he’s bad, bad Michael Brown
Baddest thug in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog.

Two men took to fightin’
And Michael punched in through the door
And Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese
His brain was splattered on the floor

And he’s dead, dead Michael Brown
Deadest man in the whole damn town
His whole life’s long gone
Deader than a road kill dog.”

The Grio also reports the following:

“Members of the Glendale Elks Lodge are upset though and plan to take actions against Fishell and the organizers of the event. “We don’t stand for any racist things like this,” a trustee of the lodge said.

The LAPD is launching a preliminary investigation into the matter. The police chief Charlie Beck said this in a tweet.

I am aware of the video released via TMZ. Like many of you, I find it offensive & absurd. It does not reflect the values of the #LAPD. I have directed our Professional Standards Bureau to look into this & determine if any active department employees were involved.”

Unfortunately, there are insensitive dummkopfs on both sides. Let’s pray that their voices do not prevail.

RELATED ARTICLES:

CNN: Protesters Taunt Cops at Memorial to Slain Officers/ Newsmax.com/12/23/2014

After Killing of Officers, Protest Movement Is at a Crossroads NYT By NIKITA STEWART 6:27 PM ET 12/24/2014

At Home and at Work, Black Police Officers Are on DefensiveNew York Times12/24/2014

10 comments

    • Thanks for your continuous support!! Grazie mille! Merci!
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  1. I have been following the bias of police against black males for some time now and I am also appreciative of the attention the protests have brought to this issue as a result. The status quo cannot be resolved unless the issue of white racism is brought to the forefront in the media.
    Wishful thinking and a group hug will not resolve anything.

    • This is Christmas! I refuse to travel on a road where there is no hope, people of good will, and a generosity of spirit.
      Here is my Christmas gift to you. Enjoy!!!

      Benjamin Watson (from his Facebook site) shows what some uplifting hopeful words can do. Yes, group hugs may not solve this cultural divide that has been building momentum for over 40 years. However, ugly behavior and words just begets more ugly behaviors and words. At sometime, some good peoples from both sides may choose to take the higher road and to lead by example. This is not an easy road but peoples with courage and strength of character can start the dialog and drown out those who continue to espouse hate.

      Here are Benjamin Watson’s words which he published on his Facebook account on November 25 at 6:00pm:

      “At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

      I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

      I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

      I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

      I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

      I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.

      I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.

      I’M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.

      I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.

      I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.

      I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.

      I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.

      I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”

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      Devon Jron I’m a police officer and have read a lot of comments about the tragedies that have unfolded in Ferguson. Many have made me angry because of their irrational and idiotic statements. I have not read many posts like yours. Your post is intelligent, respectful and rational. Thanks for sharing an insightful and responsible opinion.

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    • I liked your blog on White racism. I have been reading the KERNER REPORT that you referenced. I was also intrigued by your reprint also. THANKS!!!

      Reprinted from http://www.globalresearch.ca

      White Americans have essentially never internalized the Kerner Report. Assembled by Lyndon Johnson to address what was laughably referred to as the Negro Problem, the panel very quickly saw that this was a joke. There is no Negro Problem in the US, but rather a white people problem. FIFTY years ago (let that sink in), it opined, “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black and one white—separate and unequal…Discrimination and segregation have long permeated much of American life; they now threaten the future of every American.” The report explained that the race riots were rooted in segregation, inadequate housing, poor access to quality education, systematic police violence, and labor market exclusion. For these factors, the report concluded, “White racism is essentially responsible.”

  2. I don’t understand why all these back protesters keep getting killed. And yet the Government keeps saying they are not racist. Yeah right.

    • Dear Amber, It gets worse. Many of these same policemen would deny their racism. They are insulated by like thinking people who reinforce their belief systems. Today, if someone were to post online some of the ugly rhetoric that I have read, in a major, reputable business, they would be fired faster than a speeding bullet! There would be accountability. It is amazing how a business culture can adjust on a dime when there are consequences for someone’s racist comments. This does not seem to be the case in too many police departments. I like you, hope that change comes soon..

      • I agree with everything you said. Here in the UK we appear to be a tolerant,non-prejudiced society. And yet it is quite apparent that racism is rampant here. One only has to look at political parties like UKIP and BNP to see that a large faction of the voting public are still terribly racist.

        History for instance in this country is taught from an establishment perspective, totally ignoring all that other nationalities did during the last war ect. It’s so sad, I read almost weekly about Black Youths who get shot or murdered and it is just ‘Swept under the carpet’

        The Police in Britain are not the police of the past. Many police officers were previously in the Army and have absolutely no understanding of how to deal with the public. And I think they very much favour the; ‘attack them now, think later’ mentality.

        Sorry If I diverted somewhat. And Sorry for the typo in my previous comment.

  3. Dear Amber, You are talking to someone who has a tendency to be long winded. Racism if not consciously checked will grow. We all suffer from some level of racism. It is part of human nature. This is why most reputable, successful organizations have continuing annual training to encourage diversity. The police departments have to get on board with becoming more customer service orientated.

    Today, I shared the following 2012 Wesley College article on another blog and I’ll share it with you:

    Are many of us subliminal racists?

    By: Hodges Horton (Whetstone Contributor)

    Subliminal racism. You do it every day.
    When you socialize in the College Center; when you pick your roommates for next semester; when you pick your seats on the first day of classes.
    Have you ever asked yourself why you chose the friends you have?
    Everyone might agree that you chose your friends through similar interests, similar personalities, activities or social groups.
    But have you ever asked yourself if you choose your friends because of their race?
    We force ourselves to believe that we are not racist or prejudice to people outside of your own race.
    What we fail to realize is that our everyday actions point directly to the contrary.
    Being racist or prejudiced is not just voicing your opinion in the comfort of your own home or publicly.
    It also reflects your personal thoughts and your subliminal actions.
    Are all of your roommates black or white?
    “I do not feel I am prejudice or racist,” said senior C.J. Bacote. “I live off campus and I am the only roommate of five who is black. I am not more comfortable around my own race or another, I just chose my friends off of their interest and personality.”
    People often believe you surround yourself with people who reflect the person you truly are.
    If our society teaches us to respect each other for not how they look, but for who they are, why does racism and constant stereotyping still exist?
    Whose fault is it?
    Is it the white girl who looks in disgust and clinches her purse after a black guy walks into an elevator?
    Or is it the black guy who walks into the elevator with his pants sagging below his waist reciting the lyrics of gangbanging rappers we idolize?
    We are all guilty.
    Are you surprised after hearing an African American use correct grammar when speaking in the classroom or in public?
    Or say they sound white when they do?
    “I have friends of all races- black, white, Hispanic,” said Michael Brandenburg. “I play football and, here at Wesley College, the team is mostly black. I don’t purposely surround myself with African Americans. It just so happens that the majority of my peers are black. I do not act black or white because of whom I hang out with. There is no such thing. A race does not act or speak a specific way.”
    Do you surround yourself with white or black students in the cafeteria?
    Why is it that after walking into Wesley’s dining hall, one would think that segregation still exists? At times we subconsciously believe if we surround ourselves with people who look like us, we will be more accepted or respected.
    It’s almost embarrassing to see that at Wesley College.
    Are you attracted to someone outside your race but fear views from your family or peers?
    Forcing yourself to believe you will not be accepted by society once you date someone outside your race makes you as guilty as the person discriminating against you.
    It is 2012 and the fear of acceptance in our society has forced us to forget our morals and lose our dignity.
    Do you believe you did not receive a promotion because of your race before you question your own ability?
    How many times must I hear a student complain about a teacher being racist, solely because of their grade on an exam or a recent course?
    After hearing those words thousands of times, I am forced to believe that society developed a fear of racism to the point where we hide behind it and use it to conceal our own prejudices or racist thoughts.
    Diversity has affected Wesley College positively, but I can still feel the power of racial judgments lingering throughout our campus.

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