TALK OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IS NOT THE SAME AS DEMANDING CHANGE IN POLICING PRACTICES
In 2016 then FBI Director James Comey told a conference of police chiefs, of white supremacist groups infiltrating local and state law enforcement, indicating it was a significant threat to national security.
Additionally, [PBS.ORG] reported that as far back as 2006 in a bulletin the FBI detailed the threat of white nationalists and skinheads infiltrating police in order to disrupt investigations against fellow members and recruit other supremacists. The bulletin was released during a period of scandal for many law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including a neo-Nazi gang formed by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who harassed black and Latino communities. Similar investigations revealed officers and entire agencies with hate group ties in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas.
(See link here); https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/fbi-white-supremacists-in-law-enforcement
To date, we know of no real measure which has been implemented to deal decisively with this scourge. This phenomenon is not new because America’s police departments have always been populated and plagued with racist cops. That is not to say that all cops are racists, far from it, but racist makes bad cops. When good cops remain silent or support the illegal actions of bad cops they can no longer claim to be good cops, after they have violated their oaths to uphold the laws faithfully, and without favor.
At the same time, it is instructive to remember that it has been just around two decades or that we started witnessing the numerous killings by police and the outright in-your-face abuse and murder of unarmed Black and Brown people. These warnings by the FBI and the troubling occurrences are not unrelated.
In a Facebook post recently, I opined that there are 23 or 24 candidates running for the Democrat nomination to replace the impostor in the white house. No one expects the present occupant or anyone in his régime to recognize the threat these terrorists operating under the color of law poses, not just to people of color but ultimately all people.
In fact, he has encouraged police to use more violence when making arrests.
However, the Democrats running to replace Trump must know that there are close to forty million Black people in this country which forms the basis for the existence of the present Democrat party.
Yet not a single one of those twenty-odd candidates including the African-Americans have broached the subject of white supremacists and skinheads in America’s police departments and the danger they pose.
Even as they remain mute Philidelphia’s police department was forced to pull 72 officers in one fell swoop from the streets because of their racist rants on social media.
Yet as far as we know not a single legislative body has taken up this issue or has lifted a finger to purge these dangerous members of the white supremacist belief before they do more damage than they have already done.
The damage they have done far exceeds the killings and the untold incidences of blatant unprovoked attacks and assaults on the persons of people of color. They exponentially and forever damage the concept of policing as we knew it, and undermines the very concept of the rule of law.