DAR Roundtable: Police Brutality

The reality is grim. We, black men and women, are dying at the hands of the police. Sure, we are dying at our own hands as well, but the police have been in put in position to apparently serve and protect the people. The very people that they have been murdering. It isn't just adults either, there is a disturbing trend of cops murdering black children and teens. This is nothing new. We've seen it happen for decades and decades. The problem has always existed, but it seems much more rampant(translation: social media has helped to shed a light on these occurrences for the world to see). Today, I gathered a few people to discuss this issue, how it makes us feel as black men and women, and if there are any solutions. Cops keep firing..... In our environments.....

Police brutality is something that has been going on for what seems like forever. I honestly find it sickening that the same people who live by this “protect and serve” mantra can also cause so much chaos. You're the authority who enjoys abusing your power from time to time, BUT NOW…it seems to be more examples of police brutality happening almost every week. This abuse of power has caused a lot of injuries and even death. From Rodney King to Freddie Gray, it seems like it'll never stop. As a young black man, I know that at any moment…..what happened to them can happen to me in a split second. Coming from “the hood”, I know not to trust police. All I can do is watch my back from the same people who claim they'll protect me. That's all I can do.

I was asked to share thoughts on the recent murders the police have been committing.
My thoughts are...... I'm tired of waking up every morning and getting on twitter (because I don't watch propaganda filled news) and seeing pictures of a cop and a screenshot of another black person falling or slumping to their death at the hands of an "officer of the law". I'm tired of seeing and hearing "not all cops". My theory is if you're part of the force and see a fellow officer or know the feelings of a fellow officer participating in racists acts, why wouldn't you speak to a superior (you know that saying, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem). Yet, you have so many black, Latino and Asian officers who stay on the sidelines and willfully and willingly allow the bullshit to continue. My question for them is, when do your values and morals come into your decision making process or do you not possess these elements? With that being said, no police officer can be trusted. Once they say that oath to their blue uniforms, their blood instantly turns blue, that's where their loyalty is.

My next thoughts on the subject, is what I feel the overall "plan" is. Peep the scenario: The police, nationwide, get the green light for unruly, unlawful acts of violence to get the masses angry and react violently so the military and martial law, can be inacted nationwide. I have further theorized that once this occurs, the police will no longer be needed in the equation and will drop back down to common civilians, of course after their weapons are taken, along with the rest of the citizens. Once it's the military against the people without weapons, anything can go down.

Race is definitely playing a role in the situation, but I think the bigger picture involves population control and at the larger scale, anybody can go, black, white, etc. The best way for that to occur is through civil unrest, we kill each other off, on a larger scale.

I should throw out there that I'm definitely a conspiracy theorist, but if you sit back and think about the bigger picture, its more to come than the random occurrences that are happening now.

I believe that police brutality is the result of officers acting with their hearts versus their heads. Yes, police are trained to shoot to kill, but they're also trained to evaluate and assess the threat before just going all willy nilly and obliterating a fourteen-year-old at a pool party. Well, they should be anyway. Which brings me to another point: police officers should have more sensitivity training and crisis identification training, all races, all genders. In an ideal world, that'd stop a lot of the racially-charged situations from escalating to the point where violence and excessive force are needed.

But, as we've seen over the past few months especially, this world is not ideal, nor fair, nor just. So, when is police brutality okay? Again, ideally, an officer would assess the situation, see the suspect, and ascertain them in a way fitting to their build. Because let's be real: a skinny fifteen-year-old is probably a lot weaker than a thirty-one-year old who bench presses 300 pounds on the regular. If the fifteen-year-old had a gun, and it's CLEARLY identified that this fifteen-year-old has an intent to kill, take him out before he does so to you.

In real life, though, there's too much force used and not enough done to curb it. There are officers out here who liken themselves to gods. Forget that foolishness! Which is why the increased training could help out. But, as I always say, I don't have all the answers. If I did, much of the idiocy that occurs in our world would be lessened...

I have strong feelings on police brutality. When I was 11, cops came through our block and took a couple of my older friends to jail. Me and my cousin ended up hit with one of those nightsticks from the cops multiple times just for being around. They manhandled a female who was merely standing on the steps of her porch, etc. This was over 15 years ago. At that time, smartphones, tablets and such weren't around so it was simply our word against the law..... Which we had to report an occurrence such as this to the law. We never did. My cousin and I were a little bruised up from the attack, and when you are that young, you really don't want to explain to your mom what actually happened. That was my first real experience with police brutality.

I remember the Rodney King incident and how it was eventually made into a joke and mockery. I remember seeing people in my family visibly shaken watching the 90s Watts riots while hearing stories from those who lived through the 60s. Water hoses, attack dogs, brutal nightstick beatings until they were bloody. I have always wondered about the mindset of police officers and how they become so drunk with power. From the Eric Garners to the Amadous to the Oscar Grants to the Tamir Rices to the Freddie Grays to the countless names that I can't fit in this article, there's a problem that exists. It has existed for so long.

If you notice, it has been almost a year since the Ferguson stuff started and look where we are now. With the police murdering citizens and the media doing their usual work, racism is on the front line once again. It has never really left, but the topic is all over social media now, with thoughts of a "post racial society" seemingly long gone(not that it was really happening anyway). What brought forth this apparent rise in conversation on the topic stems from these incidents of police brutality on black people. It is obvious that police brutality affects other races as well, including white people, but there has been emphasis on the issues with police targeting black people and not having to face the music for it.

The reality every time I walk out the door is I could be killed by the cops. I'm a little more nervous and on alert when I see cops now. Almost as if I'm watching my back for a brother I have beef with in the streets. I shouldn't have that feeling when I see the police. None of us should fear for our lives when we see the police, but the reality is something different. Telling these younger kids to be careful, not just because of the streets, but because of the same people employed to protect and serve us is saddening. What can we do? It seems like the only way to get justice these days is take it into our own hands. I live in Baltimore at the present time. I was in some of the riots and the protests. A lot of those have died down, but the problem still persists. What can we do? That question rings as vital and we have to work together to make things happen.

My last words here for this article are quite simple at this point:

Fuck The Police.



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