American Police Kill Because Their Protectors Move The Goal-post To Protect Them…

As the sum­mer of 2020 begins to take shape, more. and more peo­ple are walk­ing around wear­ing masks. And as the COVID-19 virus con­tin­ues to demon­strate why it should be tak­en seri­ous­ly in many so-called red states, *states that are run by Republicans,* as in Texas, Florida, Arizona et al, author­i­ties are report­ing a rapid spike in CODID-19 cas­es. Some pun­dits have argued that dog­mat­ic polit­i­cal pos­tur­ing has result­ed in some peo­ple refus­ing to wear a sim­ple mask, and that ‑that may be respon­si­ble for the spikes being record­ed in those Republican-run states.
At the risk of los­ing steam in all of the COVID upticks, is the urgent­ly need­ed issue of polic­ing revamp­ing and over­all.

As more pri­vate com­pa­nies, NGO’s and oth­er enti­ties begin to add their names to the Black Lives Matter cause, or rather begin to dis­en­tan­gle from the moor­ings of the sink­ing white suprema­cy titan­ic, and even as some of the veneers of sys­temic racism are peeled away, it is becom­ing clear­er by the day, just how entrenched and insti­tu­tion­al­ized racism is, to the American con­struct.
Across the globe as well, peo­ple who have nev­er set foot in America, but who now ben­e­fit from the bridg­ing of the dig­i­tal divide, are able to get a glimpse of what African-Americans have com­plained about for over four hun­dred years.
As such, they too are shin­ing a light on America and demand­ing change.
The loud­er the calls and the more com­pa­nies take action to cor­rect this sys­temic prob­lem, the loud­er the howls of push­back becomes from the *white-wing* media, as it tries to counter the truth of what peo­ple are see­ing with their own eyes.
Not exact­ly the peo­ple the right-wing cares about.

The next time you hear them talk about polic­ing as if it can­not be done with­out bru­tal­i­ty and mur­der, under­stand that they don’t care about those being abused.
Years ago I knew lit­er­al­ly all of the offi­cers on the force in my city. As a small busi­ness own­er and a for­mer cop, I made it my duty to fos­ter good rela­tions with the offi­cers in my city.
For their part, the major­i­ty of the offi­cers at the time were good peo­ple just doing a job.
There were foot ‑patrol offi­cers, bicy­cle patrols, and of course offi­cers in their cruis­ers as well as the detec­tives.
Officers could be count­ed on to stop and say hel­lo while they walked up and down or rode by on their bicy­cles or drove by in their cruis­ers.
And then it all start­ed to dry up.….…. so I asked one cop, a real­ly good friend of mine. “Hey what hap­pened to all of the bicy­cle and foot patrols”?
He told me blunt­ly, “Mike, the chief stopped all of that, he wants us to come out and write tick­ets and lock up peo­ple”.

Let that sink in for a minute, for the next time you hear that there are no quo­tas, or that the police are there to serve the com­mu­ni­ty.
They are not. They are there to crack skulls, bring in rev­enue, and to make arrests.
The for-prof­it pris­ons demand that cops make arrests.
Regardless of what police exec­u­tives say in pub­lic, even if they do not out­right tell cops to crack skulls and drag peo­ple to jail, the response by their supe­ri­ors when it comes to their eval­u­a­tions makes it clear what is expect­ed of them.
District Attorneys and judges at all lev­els are an inte­gral part of the cul­ture of oppres­sion of peo­ple of col­or.
The cas­es pros­e­cut­ed by pros­e­cu­tors and the dis­par­i­ty in the sen­tences hand­ed down for the very same offens­es between black and white offend­ers, tell the entire sto­ry.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer police Detective cor­po­ral, busi­ness­man, free­lance writer,
he is a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog chatt​-​a​-box​.com. 
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