Two things are happening as a result of the blatant racist policies inherent in American police training and practices.
(1) Innocent people, and more specifically, African-Americans and other people of color are losing their lives.
(2) Cops will more and more be held accountable when they abuse, or take the lives of the people they are sworn to protect.
The lack of respect for the dignity of Black people in America has nurtured and nourished a dangerous culture of disdain and disregard which has cost countless people of color their very lives.
This is nothing new, but with the advent of social media and cell phone cameras, much of what has been occurring under the cover of darkness has started coming to light.
False arrests, lying on police reports, falsifying police reports, framing innocent citizens, and a host of other illegal and immoral acts have been brushed aside and secretly supported by people in power, [ie] (Judges, prosecutors, and Legislators ).
They know that a lot of the people who get dragged into the courtrooms by these cops are innocent as hell yet they press ahead with prosecuting and sentencing the innocent rather than reprimand and hold police accountable.
In many cases, cops are caught lying under oath, [perjury] is a felony, yet the corrupt prosecutors and judges take no action against them.
Subsequently, their departments take no action against them.
It was that indifference to black lives, and the knowledge that he would not be held accountable which caused a loser, a community punk, George Zimmerman to feel free to extinguish the life of Trayvon Martin.
He was right. Even though he isn’t white, he believed himself to be, and therefore entitled to the extra privileges which come with paler skin.
As far as the justice system is concerned, George Zimmerman was correct in his assumptions.
It was that indifference that caused Michale Slager a police officer, to gun down Walter Scott in South Carolina, and lied that he tried to take his taser.
If a conscientious person had not secretly videotaped the entire incident Walter Slager would still be a cop in South Carolina today.
That pervasive culture of kill them and go home to your family, caused a cowardly punk wearing police uniform to snuff out the life of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice for holding a toy gun in a public park where children are supposed to play in safety.
By virtue of his black skin young Tamir Rice was not afforded the innocence of being a twelve-year-old playing with his toy gun as most of us did.
He was gunned down by people his parents paid a salary to keep him safe.
It was that indifference that caused Chicago cop, Jason Van Dyke to fire sixteen bullets hitting Laquan McDonald several times killing him, even though he was walking away from him.
In that case four(4) other cops were fired from the department and Van Dyke was found guilty of murdering McDonald.
It caused renegade NYPD cops to fire 41 bullets at Amadou Diallo hitting him 19 times, killing him.
Reckless, depraved, unconcerned about the humanity of mister Diallo. Rudolph Guiliani the then Mayor of the city had given them the green light to disregard the humanity of the African-American population in the city.
The killing of Amadou Diallo would be only one of many people murdered and abused in the most grotesque manner by members of the NYPD.
The most base and crass disrespect imaginable. A disrespect which no sane person would ever contemplate committing against an animal. That most grotesque of disdain and utter contempt was exacted on Abner Louima when he was assaulted, brutalized, and sexually abused in 1997 by NYPD thugs, Justin Volpe, Charles Schwarz, Thomas Bruder, and Thomas Wiese, and others.
In what should have been one of the safest places for anyone to be, Abner Louima was sodomized in the bathroom of a NYPD precinct-house by the aforementioned depraved and sadistic animals in uniform.
The list is long: Eric Garner. Philando Castile,. Sandra Bland allegedly murdered in a Texas jail after a cop pulled her over alleging that she failed to indicate before making a turn.
John Crawford murdered by cops in a Walmart for having a rifle he was holding, even though Walmart sells the guns.
The question must be, “Would a white man be murdered for having a rifle, particularly in a store in which a large part of their business is gun sales?
The answer is no!
The disrespect and indifference are so pervasive that even those who do not hide behind badges feel empowered to take the lives of Black people just because.
Take for instance Michael Dunn who fatally shot a teenager during a November 2012 argument sparked by loud rap music at a Jacksonville gas station.
The South Patrick Shores software developer was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing Jordan Davis, 17. Prosecutors said Dunn fired 10 shots at a red Dodge Durango carrying Davis and three other black teenagers during a Black Friday parking-lot dispute over the teens’ booming music.
There is not enough time or place in this article to document the myriad instances in which this blatant disregard for Black lives, has caused African-Americans their lives.
This leads us to Dallas Cop, 31-year ‑old Amber Guyger who killed the accomplished 27-year-old Botham Shem Jean in his own apartment.
Sept. 6, 2018 — Botham Jean, an accountant at the international auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, is in his apartment eating ice cream when Guyger, who has just capped off a 13 1/2‑hour shift as a Dallas police officer by helping a SWAT team arrest three suspected robbers, enters through his unlocked door and fatally shoots him in the chest after mistaking him for a burglar. Moments after the shooting, Guyger realizes she is in the wrong apartment.
Those are Guyger’s allegations.
Sept. 9, 2018 — An arrest warrant is issued for Guyger, charging her with manslaughter. She is released on $300,000 bond and put on administrative leave from her job. Guyger, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, told investigators she arrived home from work about 10 p.m. and mistakenly parked her pickup truck on the fourth floor of the building instead of the third floor, which corresponded to her apartment. She claimed she then walked down a hallway to an apartment she thought was hers, but when she inserted the key she found the door was slightly ajar. As she entered the apartment she heard someone inside and saw a “large silhouette” in the nearly completely darkened apartment that she thought was a burglar. She fired twice after telling the person she believed to be an intruder to show his or her hands, authorities said.
Jan. 20, 2019 — A woman who filmed the aftermath of the shooting of Jean claims in an interview that she has been receiving death threats and was fired from her job after she uploaded the video to social media. The footage shows an apparently distressed Guyger, still in her police uniform, talking on her phone as she paces back and forth outside Jean’s apartment on Sept. 6.
April 30, 2019 – The 911 call made by Guyger after she shot Jean is obtained by ABC Dallas station WFAA. In the call, Guyger repeatedly tells a dispatcher, “I thought it was my apartment,” and says, “I’m going to lose my job.”
Amber Guyger was more worried about her job than the fact that she had just killed an innocent man in his own home.
Amber Guyger was just found guilty of murder in a Dallas County court yesterday. On Sept. 11, 2018 — Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jean’s family, calls Guyger’s story “highly implausible.” Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said at the time she had not ruled out a murder indictment. She made true on her words.
The fact is that even if one agrees with Miss Guyger’s story there are some fundamental flaws in what she did, even if she thought there was an intruder in her home.
She did not call for backup as she was supposed to as per protocol. She never once claimed that she saw a gun or any other weapon in mister Jean’s hand.
In fact, the evidence is that mister Jean dressed in a T‑shirt and a pair of shorts was settled on his couch eating a bowl of ice cream.
Miss Guyger could have taken protective cover and called for backup as I stated earlier, after all, who would want to kill an intruder in their own home?
Without ever seeing a weapon or being attacked Amber Guyger lied that mister Jean was advancing on her when she shot him. Ballistics experts eventually debunked that lies as the trajectory of the bullet showed that the 5 – 3″ Guyger shot the 6 -+ Jean as he was in a crouching position.
Arguably shot as he was frightened at someone in his home and was about to get up from the couch.
Nevertheless, Amber Guyger felt at liberty to put down the Black man in what she thought was her apartment and so she put two bullets in mister Jean’s body, one of which went straight through his heart.
Would she have shot at a white man given similar circumstances?
At the sentencing phase of the trial on Wednesday, the defense trotted out an alleged former drug abuser, a 67-year-old African-American woman who claimed that Guyger influenced her to clean up her life. She testified that she was influenced to change her life and that Guger attended her graduation after she had completed her graduation.
Ironically, she then testified that she begged for Guyger to attend the event, was so it was not some feeling of love or compassion that Amber Guyer had for her.
In fact, at the time Guyger met her in a drug den she wrote her a ticket, so much for her caring, loving spirit.
Immediately after the death of Botham Shem Jean elements within the Dallas Police Department released what they thought would be damaging evidence that Botham Shem Jean deserved to be murdered in his own home.
This is a practice of American police when they murder black people, they then assassinate their character as justification for their killing.
Fortunately, as evidence of the young man’s character began to emerge they shelved that strategy. The allegations that they had found marijuana dust in mister Jean“s apartment would have been enough to justify the death of many young African-Americans. It would not hold water for the accomplished and upright young man from St Lucia who attended a Christian college, had a bunch of white friends and had done tremendous work in his young life helping people in his community.
The smear would not work, so they jumped off the Amber Guyger ship and tried to save themselves the shame.
In the end, it may be the text messages between Amber Guyger and the other morons in the Dallas Police department which will be her ultimate undoing as it relates to the sentence she receives.
n March 2018, her work partner and lover Officer Martin Rivera texted her, “I was at this area with 5 different black officers !!! Not racist but damn.”
“Not racist but just have a different way of working and it shows,” she responded.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day that year, another cop also texted her to complain about a parade in the civil rights activist’s honor: “When does this end lol.”
Guyger responded: “When MLK is dead … oh wait …”
And just two days before she killed Jean, a friend texted her that they had recently adopted a German Shepard that “may be racist.”
“It’s okay .. I’m the same,” Guyger responded. A minute later, she added: “I hate everything and everyone but y’all.”
According to NBC News, Guyger also once shared a picture of a military sniper with the text: ” Stay low, go fast; kill first, die last; one shot, one kill; no luck, all skill.”
Yes, racism is having a devastating effect on the Black community but the cost to white America is beginning to add up as well.
In the end, Amber Guyger would receive only ten years for murdering Botham Shem Jean in his own home. According to state law, she will be eligible for parole after serving five of those ten years. She is now 31-years-old, by all accounts she will walk out of prison at the tender age of 36 and live a full life. Botham Shem Jean is only a memory.
After the verdict supporters of mister Jean left the courtroom shouting” no justice no peace”. And so it continues.
This article was updated from its original form after publication.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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