Unchecked Police Powers & Immunity, Resulted In Impunity.

No mat­ter how bad­ly police behave there will always be a sec­tion of the pop­u­la­tion that sides with them. They will tell you “if only the per­son fol­lowed instruc­tions”. “If only the per­son fol­lowed com­mands”. “if only the per­son did not speak”. “If only the per­son did not reach”. “if only the per­son did not stand” “If only the per­son did not sit.” “if only the per­son did not kneel.” “if only the per­son did not breathe”. “If only the per­son did not say he can­not breathe”.
How about the police stop abus­ing & killing inno­cent unarmed peo­ple they swore to pro­tect?
Of course, fol­low­ing instruc­tions has nev­er stopped a pow­er-crazed mani­ac with a badge, gun & and whole heap of immu­ni­ty from account­abil­i­ty before.
Police vio­lence has been a sta­ple in the black com­mu­ni­ty for as long as blacks have been off the cot­ton plan­ta­tions and have been herd­ed into plan­ta­tions of oth­er designs.
Redlined com­mu­ni­ties, hous­ing projects, and so on.
Nobody cared that blacks were being mali­cious­ly arrest­ed and inno­cent­ly con­vict­ed and incar­cer­at­ed for crimes they did not com­mit.
Why should they? It was the law after recon­struc­tion, it has­n’t changed.
Nobody cared that blacks were being vio­lent­ly assault­ed and mur­dered by police. again, it was the gov­ern­men­t’s pol­i­cy of con­tain­ment of black peo­ple and in par­tic­u­lar black men.

When [cop-apoligists] come up with con­vo­lut­ed rea­sons as to why peo­ple are being killed and vicious­ly assault­ed by the police, and when they tell you that it is only a small minor­i­ty, con­sid­er this.
Ten cops at a scene where two or three are ille­gal­ly assault­ing and bru­tal­iz­ing a cit­i­zen, not one inter­venes to stop it.
How many are good?
Four cops direct­ly involved in George Floyd’s mur­der, how many of them did any­thing to stop it?
Not one. So it seems to me, that [aside from a seg­ment] of the detec­tives who do actu­al inves­ti­ga­tions, and many are even worse than the street cops, cops in the streets are almost a hun­dred per­cent bad.
We can talk about num­bers all day, cops plant­i­ng drugs, their col­leagues know that it is hap­pen­ing and nobody says “this is wrong”.
Cops lying in reports. Cops fal­si­fy­ing & plant­i­ng evi­dence. Cops com­mit­ting per­jury on the wit­ness stand. (judges do not hold them account­able when they are found to have lied under oath, nei­ther have pros­e­cu­tors). Cops leav­ing out excul­pa­to­ry evi­dence which would aid in the exclu­sion of defen­dants from crim­i­nal entan­gle­ments. Cops sweep­ing up inno­cent peo­ple into fraud­u­lent drug raids and lying on affi­davits as to their involve­ment.
Cops beat­ing up cer­tain drug deal­ers, steal­ing their drugs and cash, then turn­ing right around and giv­ing the drugs right back to anoth­er group of deal­ers to sell on their behalf.
Please, some­one, point me to the good cops.

Birth of a nation

The con­tin­ued abhor­rent treat­ment of black peo­ple in America and the bru­tal­i­ty still met­ed out to peo­ple of col­or at the hands of police is as cul­tur­al as apple pie.
Not only has racist ten­den­cies been cod­i­fied into laws, the entrench­ment of white supe­ri­or­i­ty, and by default black infe­ri­or­i­ty, was encap­su­lat­ed and memo­ri­al­ized across all sec­tors of American soci­ety.
In his 1915 film (Birth of a nation) Southern film­mak­er D W Griffiths depict­ed the KKK as heroes while den­i­grat­ing blacks in the most egre­gious and despi­ca­ble ways pos­si­ble.
The far from lib­er­al [LAtimes] wrote: With sweep­ing shots and inti­mate close-ups, the 1915 silent film her­ald­ed the future of cin­e­ma, but its abhor­rent depic­tion of African Americans and cel­e­bra­tion of the Ku Klux Klan reawak­ened vir­u­lent strains in the nation’s vio­lent racial his­to­ry.“
The film was shown in President [Woodrow Wilson’s] White House. 
Government pol­i­cy!

Power tends to cor­ruptabsolute pow­er cor­rupts absolute­ly. Cliché maybe, nev­er­the­less true. When the police are giv­en the absolute pow­er they now pos­sess to keep the most vul­ner­a­ble and down­trod­den in place, giv­en time, race becomes less of an issue, the abuse now tran­scends race.
Given enough time and pow­er, the immu­ni­ty bestowed on police was bound to lead to impuni­ty.
As the gap between the haves and have nots widen, more and more peo­ple are forced into pover­ty, more and more peo­ple are forced into home­less­ness.
In gen­er­al, blacks are always the most affect­ed, but more and more whites are find­ing them­selves strug­gling to make ends meet, as lit­er­al­ly every dol­lar is sucked up to the one per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion.
The nev­er before seen dis­tinct mix of salt with the tra­di­tion­al pep­per, after the police lynch­ing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, may very well be attrib­ut­able to white recog­ni­tion that their way of life is also threat­ened.

There are sev­er­al lay­ers of excuse by those who would deny the crimes being com­mit­ted by police. Not the least of which are (a) deny­ing it is occur­ring, (b) make excus­es for police, © demo­niz­ing the vic­tims, (d) mak­ing the argu­ments that whites are being killed as well.
Of the four I find the lat­ter inter­est­ing, because it seeks to ratio­nal­ize mur­der as nor­mal behav­ior.
As long as police believe that they have the pow­er to do as they please with­out con­se­quence, they will do as they please.
As long as the nation wor­ships and idol­izes police, attribut­ing to them hero sta­tus, for mere­ly doing a job they will­ing­ly signed up for, mem­bers of the KKK and oth­er Neo-nazis will always find sanc­tu­ary in police depart­ments, many of which are ver­i­ta­ble cesspools of anti-black sen­ti­ments & activ­i­ties.

Oh, in case you are won­der­ing, it was bound to hap­pen, as stat­ed in the open­ing para­graph, giv­en the unchecked pow­er and immu­ni­ty giv­en to police, the vio­lence would inevitably find its way to poor­er, less pow­er­ful, and voice­less whites.
It has.….….Nothing tan­gi­ble will come of this moment in our his­to­ry, there are far too many pow­er­ful peo­ple who are ded­i­cat­ed to keep­ing a seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion on the plan­ta­tion.
There is an entire polit­i­cal par­ty ded­i­cat­ed to ensur­ing it.


Mike Beckles is a for­mer police Detective cor­po­ral, busi­ness­man, free­lance writer,
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