I wish I had a dollar for every stupid comment I hear when police brutalize and kill innocent unarmed people. “Police need more training.” “The police need better training.” “The police need bias training.” Yadda, yadda, yadda.
Me, I have no such silly misconception about what really is happening with American policing.
American policing is white supremacy on steroids; it is that simple. They do not care that there is a worldwide spotlight on them, beginning with the unlawful slaughter of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, up to the unconscionable public lynching of George Floyd last year by a white sociopath wearing a cop uniform.
The Michael Brown killing was not where it began; neither was the sixteen bullets in the back of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, and it certainly hasn’t been the public lynching of George Floyd. This is a centuries-old problem that has resulted in the loss of untold black lives at the hands of white police.
As I have repeatedly said, this abuse of Black people began with taking our ancestors from Africa by rapacious & violent sociopaths, enslaved and brutalized, and continued through slave patrols. It morphed into something called policing that was designed to protect whites from the growing Black population.
The very foundational principles of policing were specifically designed to be antithetical to African-Americans. For those reasons, I continue to contend those principles [must] be deconstructed if there is to be any semblance of justice in America.
This process will not be accomplished by expecting white men and women to help to deconstruct this ignoble process that has given them an unfair advantage for centuries.
Much like the wanton and senseless mass shootings that have become an accepted part of popular culture, police violence against African-Americans has been as acceptable as apple pie.
They beat and kill black people for any and everything, walking, talking, running, driving, eating, sleeping, sitting, breathing, and whatever else comes naturally.
Of course, for those reading this from outside the United States, all of these natural things are likely to get African-Americans justifiably murdered by police.
Or so says the white juries that find them not guilty on the rare occasion that they are charged criminally with murdering someone. Worse yet, the hand-picked white grand juries that are primed to return no true bill do so with effective dispatch. In case you are wondering if bench trials are better for the aggrieved parties, the answer is no; they are worse; that’s why cops always opt for bench trials; the judges are the worst.
The move by Maryland’s Democrats in the state legislature to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s ® veto of the police accountability legislation was the first in the nation.
Hogan, on Friday night, vetoed a slate of criminal justice reform bills that the General Assembly had passed on Wednesday. But Democrats hold a veto-proof majority in each chamber of the state legislature and had said the vetoes would be scrapped after they vowed to implement new law enforcement accountability measures following a string of high-profile police killings of unarmed Black men, including George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
The bills’ passage does away with the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, which provided police protections, including removing complaints after a certain amount of time had passed and a five-day waiting period for officers accused of misconduct to speak to internal investigators.
Maryland Democratic Legislators should be commended for having the grit to brush aside Hogan’s veto, and for sending a strong message with their override.https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-saturday-session-20210410-eyfrbxrlevhrvohrm43lbntvyq-story.html
As I said in a previous article, there is no such thing as a good Republican. Hogan sells himself as a moderate, but he only does so to win in liberal Maryland; when the chips are down, and they are required to stand against injustice, they revert to their whiteness and steadfastly refuse to dismantle the police state that supports black oppression.
Rest assured that what Democrats did in Maryland will not become a trend in the other 49 states, no matter how liberal they say they are. New York, the supposed liberal icon, just decriminalized marijuana.
Across the country, Republicans at all levels of the food chain have decided that their hatred of Blacks transcends common sense. They would rather drain the pool than share it.
Police in one hick town in Virginia decided to pull over an SUV they claimed did not have tags. The Brand new Chevy Tahoe was being driven by an Army second lieutenant in uniform, who just happened to be black.
Never mind that the new vehicle did have a temporary plate in place. The Military officer, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario, slowed his vehicle and continued for about two minutes, after which he pulled up at a well-lit gas station.
The two imbeciles with guns drawn commenced pepper spraying and threatening Lieutenant Nazario.
I continue to make a case for voting in every election. There is a fundamental misunderstanding among far too many of our people about how the process works. Sure it is important to turn out to vote for the Presidential candidate of your choice, but you must vote in all elections at the state and local levels. In the state legislatures, the ignoble race laws were enacted; in the state legislatures, those laws [must] be repealed, as the Democratic legislature in Maryland did on Saturday.
Regardless of whom you elect President, if you do not uproot the racist Republicans at the state level, the racist pro-police & voter suppression laws will not only [not] be repealed, they will be reinforced with even more desperate Jim-crow laws as we have seen in Georgia after the 2020 general elections, and in dozens of other states across the nation.
African-Americans in the state of Maryland may have something to say about the idea that their individual votes do not count, as far too many of our people are predisposed to believing and saying.
It is through the process of voting at the grassroots level, electing candidates who share your values, that this monstrous system will be uprooted.
It is because they understand the power of your vote, as evidenced in Maryland on Saturday, as evidenced in the election of two Democratic US Senators in the heart of dixie Georgia why they are trying to stop you from voting.
It would help if you didn’t fall victim to the charm offensive of local Republicans. They come to your churches, they show up at events that are important to you, they seem far less mean and hateful than the hateful neanderthals in Washington DC, don’t they?
But are they any different? It is how they manage to get elected; the charm offensive, coupled with you opting out of non-presidential elections, gets them elected, even in deep-blue states.
The longer that you allow them to get elected, the longer you will continue to see this support for police violence against our people.
Even on the simplest of issues like righting blatant wrongs, on issues where there is evidence that laws and policies have brought untold harm to African-Americans, local Republicans, like their national counterparts, vote against restorative justice. On simple issues like righting the wrongs of marijuana arrests in states like New York, where police for decades destroyed the lives of countless young men of color through fraudulent, disproportionate, and racist arrests and incarcerations.
When the (Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act) came up to right some of those wrongs, every Republican in the statehouse voted against it.
Let me simplify this. Despite the wrongs that police did and continued to do to black people using the marijuana laws when a bill came up to end the criminalizing of marijuana use, every single Republican voted to keep the law in place.…. every one of them.
How then do you stomach them showing their faces among you, smiling like they are your friends, knowing that they continue to legislate against you at every turn?
.Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and creator of the blog mikebeckles.com.