Every police officer, past or present, regardless of where they are from, or where they operated, must feel shame, must be in shock at what we saw evolving in Washington DC yesterday.
Regardless of seniority, everyone worthy of the title of “police officer “would have been able to foresee that the Capitol police presence and the subsequent response was not only inadequate, but borderline was a dereliction of duty.
In that regard, the Capitol police chief Steven Sund’s resignation calls are not only sound but urgently critical.
Regardless of any mitigating or exculpatory circumstances that would militate in his favor, his department’s egregious failure makes it impossible for him to remain in his post.
He must resign…
An excerpt I posted to social media earlier this afternoon.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D‑Calif., declared Thursday that she didn’t need a review and called for Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund’s resignation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R‑Ky., called for a congressional inquiry.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also said Thursday the Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger should resign or be fired. “If Senate Sergeant Arms Stenger hasn’t vacated the position by then, I will fire him as soon as Democrats have a majority in the Senate,” Schumer said in a statement.
William Bratton, who has led the country’s largest police forces in New York and Los Angeles, said it was “hard to comprehend everything that went wrong.” “This was a failure at every level.”
Sen. Christopher Coons, D‑Del., said lawmakers began discussions about a security review even as they took cover from attackers who had breached the Capitol.
Coons, in an interview with MSNBC, said that despite the “hundreds of millions of dollars” spent in the aftermath of 9⁄11 to guard against a terrorist hijacking and lethal anthrax attacks, officials had never contemplated the scenario that played out Wednesday.
There is no need for a review of security protocols to see what went wrong. Whatever they come up with to try to convince the nation went wrong will be blowing smoke up the people’s ass.
The sad reality is that this humble writer has written dozens of articles complaining, not only about the blatant disparities in the ways that law enforcement across the country enforce the laws, but the way that police and federal authorities have basically ignored the growing and imminent threat of white supremacist militias.
Almost two decades ago, the FBI warned that white supremacists were infiltrating police departments across the nation. This, I might add, is in addition to the fact that America’s police departments were always racist overlords who look down on the black community with contempt and disdain.
Despite these warnings from the FBI, there has been no visible evidence that the matter is being addressed by either the government at any level, or by law enforcement itself.
In fact, even though the FBI gave the warning, former FBI director James Comey told police during the Obama Administration, that police were unsure how to do their jobs as they were suffering from what [he] called the” Ferguson effect.” The so-called effect emanated from the killing of Mike Brown unarmed 18-year old black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white cop Darren Wilson.
Wilson faced no criminal charges, but the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) is rumored to have come out of that incident or been brought to prominence due to it.
By inference, Comey’s address to police chiefs conveyed that if police are not allowed to kill young black men, they come across indiscriminately, they cannot do their jobs.
The reality is that across the United States, the white supremacist movements have curried favor with police; thus, they have lured entire police departments into believing that they are allies.
The thug who sat in Speaker Pelosi’s office with his legs on the desk held events to raise money for the police. His actions and the actions of others who invaded the Capitol to disrupt the government’s business on Donald Trump’s behalf resulted in a police officer’s death.
If Black Life Matters righteous protesters had done anything close to this, there would be hell to pay.
Police see Black and Brown people who march for dignity, justice, and against police abuse as enemies, while the true enemies are given the red carpet.
In 2017 a group of black clergy members kneeled in prayer in the Capitol Rotunda to protest against Donald Trump’s budget cuts. Capitol police moved in and arrested them.
Among those arrested was the Ebenezer Baptist Church Pastor in Georgia, his name, Raphael Warnock.
On January 5th, 2021, Pastor Raphael Warnock was elected as the first black man to be elected to the United States Senate from Georgia.
The sad irony is that the police have no better friend than the black community, who only demand to be treated with respect and dignity.
Time and again, we have seen police welcome heavily armed white militia-members wearing pro-police insignia with glee. They are given water and thanked for showing up, (as cops did to Kyle Rittenhouse) before he murdered two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Police officers are members of white militias groups; they find common cause with them. All over the country, police groups support Donald Trump and have been endorsed by him.
They do not see the threat posed by the militias and white supremacist groups as a threat. Contrary to their belief, the real threat to American Democracy comes from white nationalist who believes that they have the God-given right to overthrow the Government if they disagree with its policies.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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