In May 2015, the President signed a bill called “Blue Alert” which established a new network alerting police when threats against them arise, giving them ample time to prepare for whatever that fhreat may be. Well, my question to "MY PRESIDENT," whom I did indeed vote for and have nothing but love and admiration for is;
"Who exactly do we, the African American community have, to protect us from them?"
Who can we call when the police attack us? What kind of bill will you sign protecting the citizen’s from the police when those officers lose sight of the reason that they became a police officers in the first place? Or when they forget the oath that they took?
How do we address the very real fact that our sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, even our mothers and fathers have become victims just because their skin is black? Why, in this day and age, do we have to continue to live in a society who's protectors see all people of color as nothing more than potential targets? Yes, I’m calling it the way that I see it:
When we as mothers send our sons and daugthers to a friend’s home for a birthday party, can we count on them coming home? When we send them to the store, or to buy gas or to school or out to play, will they still come home safe after being stopped by the police? Will I?
If you Google; Killed by Police 2015 then maybe you’ll understand my concern:
From January 1st, 2015 up to the date of this publication, which is August 14th, 2015, there have been a total of 728 reported deaths caused by an officer.
I am intelligent enough to know not all police are the same and that in some of these instances good officers found themselves in a situation in which drawing their weapon and firing was an act of self-defense. No one is ignorant to the fact that violent criminals do exist, the huge problem that everyone in authority seems to be conveniently ignoring is the fact that the overwhelmingly large majority of these instances are happening to unarmed individuals, who are not resisting, who are having their rights violated ON CAMERA FOR THE WORLD TO SEE! And no one is doing ANYTHING about it. In 2015 a larger number of people have been turning up dead while in police custody, or being assaulted while already cuffed or subdued. They have already been rended "helpless" then we as a nation watch in horror as they are turned into human punching bags, as though they are not human beings with feelings or souls or rights. How does having a badge give the police the authority to conduct themselves like street thugs? And how can the governing body expect any community to have trust in them again when the same officers who have committed these offenses, on camera, for the world to see, are acquitted and set free to recommit the same atrocity over and over again?
I am a tax paying American. I am a homeowner. I am a mother who cares about the welfare of her family and a citizen who cares about the welfare of her friends and neighbors. There was once a time when if something was indeed wrong, the very first thing anyone would do was call the police...now you have to wonder if it’s worth somebody dying over...now-a-days the very person that called the police for help, is the very person
How many more times must we turn on the news only to learn that another unarmed man, woman or child has been gunned down, or found dead while in police custody? At what point do we say enough is enough?
How can a grown man, the one with the gun and the badge, be afraid of a teenager without a weapon? Aren't they get training for that? Of course they are. Still, the undeniable facts are what they are. And the statistics continue to stack on with no end in sight. The officers have forgotten that they are in fact PUBLIC SERVANTS who's true purpose is to PROTECT AND SERVE...not bully, harrass, intimidate or murder.
For those GOOD OFFICERS out there who work hard to help protect who we are as a society, I am sorry for the scrutiny that you have to endure. I know it makes your job harder than it has to be, but for those of you who have forgotten who it is that you are suppose to be and what it is that you are suppose to be doing and why, I leave you with this friendly reminder that I found while Googling the oath that most officers take. I say most because the verbage changes from state to state, but this one is the most widely used of them all. (Google is a beautiful thing.) You can find this oath at the following link:
"I will never betray my badge1, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution2 my community3 and the agency I serve."
Honor means that one's word is given as a guarantee.
Betray is defined as breaking faith with the public trust.
Badge is the symbol of your office.
Integrity is being the same person in both private and public life.
Character means the qualities that distinguish an individual.
Public trust is a charge of duty imposed in faith toward those you serve.
Courage is having the strength to withstand unethical pressure, fear or danger.
Accountability means that you are answerable and responsible to your oath of office.
Community is the jurisdiction and citizens served.
Every police officer takes this oath or an oath very similar to it when they become an officer. They are supposed to protect the lives, defend the rights and secure the safety of fellow citizens,...
"That includes people of color."
if you cannot abide by your own oath, then you have no business being a cop or calling yourself an "OFFICER OF THE LAW.