Before I say what I will, let me first say this, whatever you will tell me about how difficult Policing is, how officers have to make life and death decisions in seconds. I know. I have been there. And I did it all.
Glad I got that out of the way.
The American courts are partially culpable for the impunity with which the nation’s police officers use lethal force, beginning with the Supreme Court’s shield, known as [qualified immunity].
Consequently, lower courts have all but given police carte blanch to do as they please in the process of enforcing the laws.
Local prosecutors are supposed to prosecute offenders, regardless of who they are when they break the laws. They, in large measure, have all but given up on prosecuting killer cops. Instead, they have become tax-payer funded lawyers that defend cops from being prosecuted. This they do through a series of methods, including presenting only exculpatory evidence to empaneled grand juries with a view toward results of ‘no true bill”, non-indictments.
Even in cases where the evidence is clear as day, prosecutors twist themselves into pretzels to explain why they cannot indict the kkk ‑killers in uniform.
When prosecutors act as defense lawyers to corrupt and murderous cops, they don’t need to hire defense attorneys. The people are forced to pay prosecutors to defend when they should be prosecuting.
The final barrier to police accountability is police unions. Contrary to the griping about them, however, the unions are not nearly as powerful as the politicians would have us believe. They pretend to have no leverage in changing how police behave because the unions protect dirty, killer cops.
It is a lie. An employee cannot hold an employer to ransom. The sad reality is that Police unions help fund the campaigns of judges, prosecutors, and politicians and all the way up the food chain.
It isn’t easy to move decisively against the people who fund your political campaign. So the politicians dither around the edges, but nothing substantive gets done to change police behavior.
Even if you set aside the foregone, Legislatures can throw out the rules and enact new laws that remove police unions from having a say in how police officers are disciplined.
In fact, police unions should only have a say in pay and working conditions, not whether police officers who commit crimes are allowed to get away with murder. Legislatures have it in their power to change those realities; their close ties to the police unions stand in the way.
For instance, Columbus, Ohio cop Adam Coy, was allowed to remain in the department for 19-years, despite a reported history of complaints and issues with excessive force during his time with the police department.
Coy, who is white, was only fired on Monday after he murdered Andre Hill, a 46-year-old African-American man, whom he ordered out of his car.
Hill was sitting in his parked car in the garage of a home where he is known, and was reportedly expected.
Andre Hill was wearing a Black Lives Matter t‑shirt at the time he was murdered by Coy. He had no weapons, and did nothing to trigger the barrage of bullets Adam Coy sent his way, snuffing out his life.
Ask yourselves, whether a white, middle-aged man would have been ordered from his car, much less murdered by police who weren’t even sent to interact with?
This question is one that I have asked on numerous occasions, and have answered myself. That answer is an unequivocal no!
A white Andre Hill would have been deemed to have a right to be where he was. Nothing would have caused his death at the hands of Adam Coy, including his skin color, or what he was wearing.
Adam Coy fired his service weapon (a) because he [believed] there would be no consequence for killing Andre Hill. (b)Adam Coy fired his weapon because he had no respect for the black life of Andre Hill.
© Neither Adman Coy, nor the female cop with him administered life-saving first aid. Why was this you ask? They placed [no] value on the life of Andre Hill.
YOU DECIDE WHETHER THESE ARE PROTECTORS OF THE PUBLIC OR CRIMINALLY COMPLICIT MURDERERS?
When the standard for the use of deadly force is the irrational decision-making of seriously flawed individuals, these are the results. When poorly trained racists are allowed to kill, then gallingly claim that they thought the person had a gun, these are the results. When cops, who time and again abuse the very citizens they are sworn to protect, and are allowed to remain as police officers, and in many cases are rewarded with promotions, what incentive do they have to stop murdering innocent citizens?
The tragedy inherent in these killings, is the mealy-mouthed responses of the politicians in both political parties. When asked to respond to these crimes against humanity, they default to the canned praise of police BS; the majority of our police officers are decent, hard-working people who lay their lives on the line to protect all of us”.
What unadulterated bullshit by the way? No one asked them to join, they joined because they wanted the job, they have every responsibility to follow the laws, not break them.
Rather than forcefully responding to the crimes of the murderers in uniform., the political hacks engage in canned praise for the killers.
It is incomprehensible that in the world’s oldest democracy, agents of the state can summarily take the lives of some citizens using irrational arguments, “I thought he had a gun” or “I feared for my life.”
If you kill someone because you could not wait to see if they had a gun, you are basically saying that police have the legal right to murder any citizen as long as they cannot see the person’s hands.
If you have such irrational fears, you have no business being a police officer. Many of you who read this article will question these assertions; you are free to do so; nevertheless, the very disrespectful words of Adam Coy toward the shot and dying Andre Hill speaks volumes.
The officer’s lack of action to stop the bleeding of the wounded Andre Hill, speaks directly to their lack of respect for his humanity.
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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