American police routinely falsify and plant evidence, lie under oath, and criminalizes young Black men as a matter of course.
But worse, young African-American males are are at much greater risk of being killed by police than young men of any other ethnic group.
Black men over and over, wind up in the for-profit Prison Industrial complex, which works like a hamster wheel from which many never manage to extricate themselves.
The entrenched strategy works to keep the for-profit prison cells filled with black bodies and creates, the dysfunction in the black family that enhances the concept of white supremacy.
As a consequence, young African-American men develop expansive criminal records, ironically, many have never committed any real crimes in their lifetime.
Regardless, the expansive criminal records they accrue, is used to justify murdering them, by.… you guessed it, the very same police.
The travesty is not just that police do what they do, but that prosecutors and the courts do nothing to stop these nefarious practices.
How, you ask, is it possible that one can end up with an expansive criminal record without committing a single crime?
If that is your question, you are not alone, I too was incredulous that many people with criminal records have never committed a crime in their entire lives.
It took me many years of seeing American police abuse,[see; https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-central-park-five/ ] that it became clear to me, that there has always been a systematic strategy to criminalize young black men and women where possible, incarcerate them and eventual use the criminal records they gave them to justify their eradication from society.
If you are not offended by that you are a part of the problem.
None of the foregone changes the fact that many young Black men do commit crimes they ought not to have committed, and for those, there is no defender in this writer or from this medium.
The strategy did not necessarily target African-America women per se. they who design the strategies understood that when men are removed from the home the children are generally expected to follow the fathers into the for-pay prison industrial complex.
However, not all of the women have caved to the public assistance, of [section-eight] which takes care of the majority of the rent and the [food stamps] which provides the most basic dietary sustenance.
Those, of course, comes with the obligatory, “you can have no men here or you lose these benefits”.[sic]
And so the cycle continues.
What they never bargained for, were those African-American women who would beat the odds and educate themselves. These women have become a force to be reckoned with.
And now as we have seen with Sandra Bland and others, including women in the “Black lives matter movement”, Black women are not shielded from police violence either.
This is not a new concept, it was the strategy which came into existence after the Emancipation Declaration. Criminalizing the newly freed Blacks became the top priority for states, and they went about it with fervor.
Today the strategy is the very same. A young black man walking down the street is approached by a cop who grabs and orders him around.
He protests and is thrown to the ground and accused of resisting arrest, a (felony), committing battery on a police officer, a (felony), and just to make it stick, Jay-walking as the [concocted] reason for stopping the young man in the first place.
[It has to be all justified right]?
The judges will see through the lies. I hear you thinking? Wrong! The judges, prosecutors, police, and everyone else are all parts of well-oiled machinery of [injustice].
Even if that young man is not convicted on a felony on his first offense, he is now in the criminal justice system. And so he is given probation for two years and the stipulation is that he must report to a probation officer for the duration of the two years.
He must also[not] come in contact with law-enforcement while he is on probation. He must also not associate with any felons either. The only problem is that they had already made felons of literally everyone he knows in his small world of a few city blocks.
And so he tries his best not to come in contact with law enforcement. Understandably, he is now angry, because he did nothing wrong, to find himself in this restrictive and humiliating position.
His only crime has been, to be born in his black skin.
But what the stipulations in his probation does not do, is prevent law-enforcement from coming in contact with him, and reporting the contact to his probation officer. Or worse, some other cop arrests him for looking at him the wrong way.
Either way, he is now taken into custody by parole and serving the two-years sentence he was given and placed on probation.
And now you start to see how this all comes into being, but they are not done with him yet.
So he does his time, and yes he is angry as hell, he just did two years because some cop decided he wanted to show him who was boss.
Nevertheless, he heads home and tries to find a job. Place after place he goes but door after door is closed in his face. He finds out that no one will hire someone who have been arrested, much less someone just released from prison.
Dejected, he stands on the corner which just happens to be a designated high crimes drug area, never mind that his entire community which is grossly under-served is one massive ghetto, and for all intents and purposes could in totality be designated a drug-infested area.
And so he is arrested for being in a high crime area (police designation), in the process of being arrested [again] he lashes out at the cops who have turned his life into a living hell.
Sixteen bullets later his body lays on the street corner, his lifeblood draining from his body becomes part of the dust and grime on the street on which just minutes earlier he stood, full of life and hope, trying to understand how to survive in this hostile place.
His arrest and prison time justifies his murder. The cops receive paid vacation, and life goes on as if he never existed.
It is for this reason that I find the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights and other groups to be hypocritical in the way they report on Human Rights Abuses in the developing world, while simultaneously ignoring the pressing and blatant daily murder of people of color by America’s militarized police.
I understand that the task of following up on these cases may be monumental and may even be outside the capabilities of the UN.
After all, the Federal Bureau of Investigations itself does not have any idea how many people America’s thousands of police departments kill each year.
The fact is that they are not required to even report to Federal Authorities, how many people they slaughter each year.
Why do you think this is so?
The answer is in the skin color and social status of those who are murdered, even when they are unarmed and poses no threat to police.
Consistently, Prosecutors, their fraudulent grand juries regular juries and the Judges have failed to indict and convict these murderous monsters, and so they continue to kill with impunity.
According to VOX.com; Police officers in the US shoot and kill hundreds of people each year, according to the FBI’s very limited data — far more than other developed countries like the UK, Japan, and Germany, where police officers might go an entire year without killing more than a dozen people or even anyone at all.
The Los Angeles Times reports that about 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers. That makes them 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die during an encounter with cops. The analysis also showed that Latino men and boys, black women and girls and Native American men, women, and children are also killed by police at higher rates than their white peers. But the vulnerability of black males was particularly striking.
At least two news organizations built databases to try to account for as many fatal police shootings as possible. The Washington Post won a Pulitzer Prize for its efforts, and two of its central findings were that people with mental illnesses made up large numbers of those killed by police, and that very few officers were ever prosecuted for even the most questionable of fatal encounters.
As a Pro-Publica article puts it; “It’s the Blue Lives Matter More theory of policing.” “When in doubt, shoot. If you can shoot, you should shoot. If you have the choice of waiting that one second to see if you could protect the citizen’s life and put your own life at risk, you must take the citizen’s life.”
In case after case rather than show respect to the family of people they have murdered in cold blood police departments, and indeed the other police departments which are assigned to investigate these killings, spend their time trying to dig up dirt with which to smear the decedent rather than trying to figure out what exactly happened.
In one case which garnered national attention in the state of West Virginia, a suicidal man who was killed by police in a town called Weirton.
His car towed from in front of his home, after police killed him.
The officer who initially responded to the domestic call recognized that the young man was in crisis and did not shoot him even though he recognized that he had a gun.
The gun was pointed toward the ground. Other responding officers immediately shot and killed the man. The initial officer who sought to de-escalate the situation by talking down the young man was fired for not killing him.
State police investigators compiled records of every brush the dead man might have had with the law: a DUI that was dismissed; a purported role as a getaway driver during an alleged assault in Ohio.
The official state police report included a claim by authorities in Ohio that had they encountered the man when he was alive, they would have arrested him.
So much for the so-called integrity of investigations done by other police agencies.
Police investigating police should give no comfort to aggrieved families.
The prevailing culture is that officers are [oriented] to shoot in concert with each other, in order to back up and justify each other’s legitimacy to shoot in the first place.
On February 4th, 1999 NYPD cops fired 41 bullets at 22-year-old Amadou Diallo, 19 of those bullets struck mister Diallo killing him.
Out of that deranged and despicable behavior by NYPD cops, the department’s [copsplained] why 41 bullets were fired at a single individual.
The term contagious firing was born.
It became clear to the world then, that American police were not in the business of shooting to save their own lives or the lives of others, they were shooting to ensure that the victim of their violence never gets to tell his side of the story.
For years I have advanced the arguments as a former police officer from a very violent culture, and having being shot in the line of duty, that police officers should be taught to shoot only because they have to, not because they can. Compassion is not cowardice.”
Police officers must not employ lethal force simply because then can get away with killing.
That whole concept of shooting to kill, under the guise of officer safety, defeats the very concept of good policing.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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