Consider the Source – Why wouldn’t you want police accountability?

So, when someone is breaking into your home, raping your daughter or there is an active shooter (killer) and the police show up to stop the threat, the focus will be on the police and what they did to stop that threat.

Upon reading this I could not help but think back to the Reconstruction and Jim Crow era in our country. The rhetoric used by this author had striking similarities to the rhetoric used to instill fear, and, guarantee continued division amongst the races during those periods in our history. The fear of wild black men, breaking into their homes, and raping their white wives and daughter’s, was ingrained into the brain of white men. Such an indoctrination led to racist white men beating, castrating, and hanging black men from trees if they so much as looked at a white woman.

The Emmett Till story, all too familiar to us,  is a constant symbol of the hatred that existed in our country not too long ago.  Emmett Till was a 14 year old, African-American child, who, while visiting his family in Mississippi, was accused of whistling at a white woman. As a result, a group of white men banned together, forcibly removed him from his families home, and, brutally murdered him. Over sixty years after this child’s murder, the woman who made the allegation, admitted that she was not being truthful when she accused him of whistling at her.

The men and women who make split second decisions under the most difficult and rapidly unfolding events will be held accountable for being and holding that fine line between civilization and pure chaos will be the focus of accountability versus the evil that preys on our society.

Isn’t civilization about holding all individuals accountable for their actions? When did we begin to believe as a society that a career in law enforcement meant one was exempt from civility? Isn’t it true that some of the evil that preys on our society are individuals hiding behind their badges, uniforms, and guns?

Nothing to hold criminals accountable, nothing about protecting the citizens and standing up for victims of crimes, but “holding police accountable” is in bold red letters. So, when someone is breaking into your home, raping your daughter or there is an active shooter (killer) and the police show up to stop the threat, the focus will be on the police and what they did to stop that threat. The men and women who make split second decisions under the most difficult and rapidly unfolding events will be held accountable for being and holding that fine line between civilization and pure chaos will be the focus of accountability versus the evil that preys on our society.

As I read those words over and over again, I wondered. I wondered, why would this person attempt to use fear as a tactic to avoid the necessity of us living in a society where law enforcement IS NOT given the freedom to prey on certain individuals?

It did not surprise me to learn that the author of this “fear rhetoric” was a law enforcement officer. It also did not come as a surprise when I learned that, throughout his career, some of the tactics that he felt justified in using, as he maintained that “fine line between civilization and pure chaos”, were not only questionable, but arguably criminal. In fact, protected by the shield, he would often openly brag about the “whooping” he would place on people that dared to run from him while he was attempting to arrest them. In his mind, the assaults he bestowed upon these human beings were not criminal. Why? Because, he believed the rhetoric that he continues to spew today: these people were predators and, therefore, not entitled to the same protections of the law as others.

In maintaining that “fine line between civilization and pure chaos”, this officer once testified, during a trial, that he “didn’t know where the video recording was located” and that he “probably played the video recording on his home computer, determined that the video recording had no evidentiary value and then erased it”. In his mind, there was absolutely nothing wrong with his unilateral decision to destroy evidence.  Why? Because, he believed the rhetoric that he continues to spew today: these people were predators and, therefore, not entitled to the same protections of the law as others.

In maintaining that “fine line between civilization and pure chaos”, this officer utilized the law to justify racial profiling in his duties. Why? Because, he believed the rhetoric that he continues to spew today: these people were predators and, therefore, not entitled to the same protections of the law as others.

In maintaining that “fine line between civilization and pure chaos”, this officer once testified that “there was a delay in the recording” of a stop he conducted. Never able to offer a logical explanation for the delay that was satisfactory to the Court, his actions led to the case ultimately being dismissed. I, of course, could not help but wonder, if that “delay in the recording” was so that the world would never see the “whooping” he put on that Defendant.

I, throughout my career, have worked with many officers that are absolutely wonderful. They understand that protecting and serving is not limited to a certain class, or, race. They are on a quest to uphold the law, and protect everyone, as they seek justice.

I also, throughout my career, have come across officer’s like this officer. Officer’s that believe they are exempt from accountability. They prey on minorities and poor people and believe that people charged with crimes should not be afforded any protections. They disregard the notion that one is “presumed innocent” until proven guilty. To those, I say, in the words of Emma Gonzalez, “we call BS”.

Police accountability is a must if we are all to be safe in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Much love,

Tonza

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Consider the Source – Why wouldn’t you want police accountability?

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  1. Absolutely awesome article! In today’s world of convicted by word of mouth and not by sufficient evidence, accountability is becoming a lost thought.

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  2. A good mindset…… We are on the same page with your writings……Wonder when i can give you my perspective of your opinion that I don’t side with… vs our similar perspective(s) we follow. I wonder what argument you would use to sway or convince me….:)

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