People say American policing is broken and that it needs fixing. I disagree, American policing is working exactly the way it was designed to work, and it has worked since reconstruction.
Law enforcement in all of its forms was designed to be discriminatory and punitive to Black people.
Whether it be fire codes, health codes, building codes, even the length of someone’s lawn grass, the poorest people, (blacks), were intended to be punished the most.
When a cop pulls over a Black person under the pretext of a tail-light out, it is not random. The driver in many instances can scarcely afford the gas in the tank much less repair a broken tail-light and the powers that create those laws knows that.
It is just another strategy to further impoverish the already poor Black community and continue the mass incarceration of the Black population.
Or as a Wisconsin Sheriff David Beth said, “They just need to disappear.” speaking of Black offenders. “They need to be warehoused for the remainder of their lives and not be let out”, Beth went on.
Sheriff David Beth was referencing a group of four black teens who had committed the unforgivable sin of shoplifting.
I wonder how many crimes David Beth committed over the span of his miserable life for which he should be warehoused and never see the light of day?
Does it seem that the worst kinds of humans are running to fill those sheriff jobs, remember the looney toon self ‑hating David Clarke from Milwaukee County? This self ‑hating crud blamed Black people for what police are doing to them and insists there is no racism in America.
This detached from reality mentality, is what I call the Clarence Thomas syndrome. Overcompensating, the ugly Black man who gets to marry the white woman that the white men will not marry.(but I digress).
This brings me to another cop, this time the really brilliant Hispanic Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who all but demanded that basketball great Lebron Donate a large chunk of money to aid in finding the person who shot two of his deputies days ago.
In a radio call-in program in his state, the idiotic and tone-deaf Villanueva said the following.
“This challenge is to LeBron James,” Villanueva said on 790 KABC Radio in Los Angeles. “I want you to match that and double that reward. Because I know you care about law enforcement. “You expressed a very, very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact it has on the African American community, and I appreciate that. But likewise, we need to appreciate the respect for life goes across professions, across races, creeds. And I’d like to see LeBron James step up to the plate and double that.”
If this guy wasn’t such an idiot I would separate his name and drop the last few letters. Villan_(ueva_.However, he is clearly not smart enough to be a villain.
Villanueva has been criticized for rehiring fired deputy Caren Carl Mandoyan. Mandoyan, who had worked for Villanueva’s election campaign, had been discharged by McDonnell the former Sheriff, after allegations of domestic abuse and stalking a woman he had met while working at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. The Los Angeles Times reported that Mandoyan was a member of a secret society of deputies known as the Reapers and had on his left ankle the group’s tattoo — an image of the “Grim Reaper” holding a scythe and the name of his Sheriff’s station. A judge ordered that Mandoyan be stripped of his badge and his gun, [yet] he remains an employee of the Sheriff’s Department. Villanueva also has been criticized for rehiring a homicide detective who had been banned from county jails after impersonating a deputy and delivering contraband to an inmate.
He is also been scrutinized for the hiring of his son, Johannes Jared Villanueva, seven months after he took office. The L.A. Times has reported that Johannes Jared Villanueva “was the subject of two bench warrants for failing to comply with a court-ordered treatment program tied to his 2009 conviction of a misdemeanor DUI .” He also has been accused of making an Instagram post that made light of the Holocaust.
Here is a guy whose officers murdered a man whom they could easily have taken into custody just days before. He runs a department that has faced a mountain of accusations that deputies are actual gangland members who sport nazi symbol tattoos, they are accused of committing all kinds of crimes against the people they are sworn protect.
This is not tone-deafness, its idiocy in high places, but idiocy in high places is now the norm…
Rather than use this incident as a wakeup call to attend to the critical issues as it relates to the claims leveled at his department he seeks to go right-wing political by attacking Lebron James who correctly calls out filthy murdering cops who commit atrocities against citizens whom they are sworn to protect.
As a former law enforcement officer, I was always mindful that the actions of bad cops endanger the lives of all cops.
But we were real police officers, not some moron who wins an election and slaps on a tin badge and believes he knows something.
When people cannot trust the laws to work for them they take the laws into their own hands. What’s worse is that this stupid Hispanic (white-in ‑waiting) believes that attacking a Black icon will serve his cause, so he decides to spew right-wing talking points.
By doing so he revealed exactly where their heads are, further cementing the notion that many people hold that there are no good cops.
This is a Sheriff who ran his mouth on a radio program in July of this year, arguably slandering the Los Angeles County’s chief executive officer, his boss, and is getting sued for slander and defamation.
And, as was to be expected the backlash was swift, even though Lebron James has correctly, not elevated him by responding to his ignorant arrogance, Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobi Bryant was swift to respond.
“How can he talk about trusting the system?” one of the tweets Bryant reposted read. “His sheriff’s department couldn’t be trusted to secure Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash scene, his deputies took and shared graphic photos of crash victims”. Vanessa Bryant is also suing the very same department.
Albeit for me to give advice to Lebron James as to what his response should be, [if any], nevertheless it does seem that Villanueva is seeking media attention on behalf of the racist right, or at the very least seeking to heap ridicule on those who speak out against systemic racism and police violence.
As such a response from Lebron James will inexorably raise the profile of this cop with no discernable benefit to James, or the causes he supports.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer, he is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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