Wednesday, August 5, 2015

"A friend of mine who was a police officer has told me many times that it virtually impossible to drive from one place to another and not commit an offense that could get you pulled over."

And therein lies the problem.  If true, this comment by Brian explains why police officers think it's their right to be the judge, jury and the executioner. Today's law enforcement officers are behaving more like a well regualted Militia , treating black citizens like enemy forces and adversaries.  Ask a question, shot. Hands up, shot. Failure to use a turn signal, arrested.  No front license plate, murdered.  Police are waging war against black citizens, and it's getting fed from the top down.

Someone needs to inform police officers this is not a police state and we have this little thingy called the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America that protects ALL citizens from unreasonable search and seizure by the government.   Police can't stop, search, and arrest citizens just because they have a badge and a gun, they must have probable cause.  And No, driving, walking, shopping, playing, while black is not probable cause, that's racial profiling

Police also need an education regarding the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the amendment that abolished slavery.  We be Free, but today's Police act like they are a modern day Slave Patrol.

It's not young, black males  who need to the lessons.  It's the police who need to be educated.


~Chip :) said...

Words are inadequate to express my agreement, RedEye, and I know that.

Redeye said...

What troubles me is we may never fix the problem because those in the position to fix the problem refuse to admit there is a problem.

~Chip :) said...

That is correct, and the problem has numerous elements. There is institutionalized racism, through the criminal system, education system, in employment, in banking and housing...and that is only the tip of the list.

I think I've told you before, that when I was younger and much more naive, I thought that with the Civil Rights movement accomplished, it was all taken care of, finished.

It has taken me years to understand how prevalent and pervasive the individual elements of racism are...and now I know that the struggle in inter-generational, decade after decade.

Redeye said...

" now I know that the struggle in inter-generational, decade after decade." Yep, parents are the first teachers.