RNF – In general I tend to not listen to those that heavily employ generalizations as a tool to form opinions and subsequently back them up. -ELW
So to recap…
- Shoot unarmed teen off camera with arms raised dead gets paid desk duty, a ‘but he’s a nice guy’ speech (may be true, but last I checked that does not exempt one from appalling lapses in judgement nor prosecution) and a victim character assassination side swipe by the chief (a la Patrick Dorismond en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Dorismond in NYC years ago where Guilani released Dorismond’s sealed juvenile record at a press conference the next day following an unarmed Dorismond being shot dead by an undercover cop. I was living in NYC at the time and was so incensed that it was burned in to my memory. Another callous example is the announcement by police in the wake of the Diallo shooting that NYC police would be switching to hollow point bullets because the barrage of bullets fired at an unarmed black man passed through the building and could have harmed others. Um, but what about Diallo? This is not isolated to MO, but reaches coast to coast from NYC to as recently as the delay of Ezell Ford’s autopsy release in LA just this week.).
- Cuss’ and wave gun menacingly at protesters on camera gets unpaid suspension and tough words from superiors…
The latter makes sense. The former is foul any way you slice it.
It will not address the root issue of a vein of officials (I do not believe all or even most are corrupt, but one is too many and I believe I can safely say that we are well beyond that threshold.) that think they are above the law “I am the law” Judge Dredd style officers as judge, jury, and executioners but me thinks a start would be mandatory on camera police activities with suspension and termination for officers that do not comply and actual repercussions for departments that do not comply. If you can get tanks, seemingly endless supplies of tear gas and military assault rifles and other gear you can surely get dash and body cams.
Do not fall prey to those who reference cases having nothing to do with this and nonsensical references to other unrelated facts or events. They seek only to agitate, aggravate, irritate, obfuscate, intimidate, and spread hate. Keep the main thing, the main thing, Let’s not even add race to this narrative for the sake of my point.
In the course of a few isolated moments one day in MO an officer sworn to serve and protect that had no knowledge of any infractions committed above jaywalking repeatedly shot until dead an unarmed teenager .
Jaywalking leads to a teenage son lying face down, dead in the street.
Who would accept this outcome without outcry if this was their son? I ask because I have not yet met such a person.
An external show of unecessary force is a key indicator of internal weakness not strength.
“It brings me to tears hearing … how important it is to vote, for the people that lost their lives, when we’ve had to almost try to convince people to utilize this precious tool.”
-JOHN GASKIN, MISSOURI NAACP
“This year, just 12.3% of eligible voters cast a ballot, according to numbers provided by the county (Ferguson). In 2013 and 2012, those figures were even lower: 11.7% and 8.9% respectively. As a rule, the lower the turnout, the more the electorate skews white and conservative.” -MSNBC
For certain immediate action is needed in response to this tragedy, and justice needs to be served… and voices should continue to be raised until that Constitution backed justice is put in to action across the board… but if after time passes, after people calm down, after the protest numbers decline, after curfews are rescinded, after Police Chiefs and politicians finish their asinine press conferences, after the police put their tear gas, assault rifles, tanks and other surplus military supplies back on the shelf for now, after pundits stop pontificating… if after all this the voting booths our ancestors fought so hard to make available to us stay vacant there is no hope for real, long-term, sustainable change.
I would add more, but Martin Luther King, Jr. covered this quite eloquently and much more effectively than I ever could many years ago.
“First, politics is the process by which we in a democracy create laws from our beliefs. Second, politics is the process of determining who gets how much of the whats, wheres, and hows in five areas: income, education, health care, housing, and justice…
On that bright spring day in 1957, at a time when civil rights activists were focused upon the efficacy of action in the courts, the prayer rooms, and the streets of America, Dr. King pointed the way to the efficacy of action in the voting booths. If we go to the polls to vote, he said, then we can elect people who understand our beliefs—and who will create public policy and practice from that understanding. And the vote gives us power: We have a say in what goes where, and how, in those five essential elements of living.
“Give us the ballot,” he said.”
The Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy
“Give Us The Ballot” Introduction,
“A Call To Conscience”, Martin Luther King, Jr.
I read, share and write of positive and constructive themes to counter the many awful, hate filled words scrawled down callously intended to tear down and destroy.
I seek to view, share and create captured light enveloping beauty to counter the many ugly images of the world’s ills near and far.
I love to listen to, share and seek to record sounds that please the ear in order to counter so many things that are so very difficult to hear.
Counter. Not ignore. I need to be be aware of the word’s ills, but these are the tools employed in order to push back against them rather than being overwhelmed.
“The more I watch politicians in action, it just makes me angry. I watch certain politicians get asked questions that need answers and may just prance around with a big laugh and smile on my face. Politicians have an arrogance. I just do not understand. I’ve seen more constructive debate since high school.” -Paolo Nutini