The idea that police officers cannot do their jobs correctly if they are not allowed to abuse and even murder innocent unarmed citizens, is an idea perpetuated by haters of humanity.
It is best for police departments and the citizenry that those who feel threatened by the spotlight are in fact leaving to find other means of employment.
To them, I say, “don’t let the door hit you where the good lord s***t you”. There is no binary choice between performing professionally, & being held accountable. The two are interconnected and should under no circumstances be decoupled.
Police officers are given immense powers, including the power to take life under extreme circumstances, they must be held to the highest standard of performance possible.
As a police officer decades ago, I carried that burden that I may have to take the life of another human being because I was forced to.
Today, we see police officers actually relishing the idea and reveling in the possibility of taking life and abusing those they are supposed to be protecting.
As a former police officer who strove to operate under the highest standards, I find it insulting, that the supporters of police in the United States see police operating professionally, and being accountable to be antithetical concepts.
In light of the political right’s unmitigated support for police regardless of the crimes they commit, their support must, therefore, be acknowledged for what it is, another iteration of that segment of the population’s disregard for black life.
No matter how much this segment sticks its fingers in its ears and shout[ ” we are not listening,”] (tongue hanging out), it does not change the fact that their steadfast support for police.….all police, regardless of their crimes.…. in fact, has little to do with support for law enforcement, but is instead a default valve through which they express hatred for black people without actually seeming to do so.
No matter how much this racist bunch yells that those who rally and demonstrate for their right to live, hate the police, it does not make it so.
In fact, many police officers and former officers are looking at this mess in sheer horror. Many of the people in the streets demonstrating have family members who are police officers. What these conscientious citizens do not want, is to see their loved ones hurt because of what their colleagues are doing.
When these people default [to all lives matter] or some retarded and convoluted argument that people who are demonstrating want to see anarchy, they do two things. (a) They again reinforce that they do not believe that black people’s lives matter & (b) demonstrate that they do not care about the lives of those that police are taking away.
This group does not need convincing, they do not want to be convinced. Remember that America had to fight a civil war to end the ignoble practice of slavery, even though most did not want the practice to end.
Even the revered Abraham Lincoln could not have cared less whether slaves were free or not, his focus was on preserving his precious union.
If the people who lament cops resigning and calling in sick because they are being held accountable, are shown pictures of black babies being fed to crocodiles as a part of American history, they would not care.
These are they who tell you that Donald Trump is somehow sent by their God, even though Trump is an amoral and immoral creature devoid of human empathy.
I have zero problems with people who disagree with me, what I have a problem with is the idea of trivializing my point of view, or worse pretending to not hear me or acknowledge that my point even exists.
When you try to change the subject when I tell you what is offending me, you are denying my humanity. You are telling me that I do not matter.
When it gets to the stage where you believe that your right to live your entitled lives comes at the cost of my right to exist, we have a problem.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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