A couple of days ago in Staten Island, New York a Large Black Man was placed in a chokehold by seven Police Officers and choked until he was dead. He was not resisting arrest. There is no evidence he even cursed at the officer.
When I first began to write this blog I wrote a post about the nature of police brutality. When I did that I wrote of what I observed. The Long Beach Police Department of Long Beach, CA has a practice of having the detained lean against the hood of their police car. I observed a young, shirtless, Afrikan American Male directed to lay of the hood of the vehicle chest down. It was in the high 90's and the hood was hot!
The Officers checked the young man's id via radio while he laid across the hood. I stated that I believed this was torture. Why not allow the young Man to sit on the curb? He was not in handcuffs. There were two officers, both young, both with hand weapons.
I got attacked as being anti police. I am not anti police. I am ANTI Brutality!
Here is the problem as I see it. An Officer has awesome power but when that Officer is not responsible the stakes are just too high. Often we end up DEAD! There is no do over for DEAD!
There is no do over for false imprisonment.
It's time that Police and Law Enforcement agencies pay the ultimate penalty when they transgress. Maximum jail time. 25 years to Life or more. Loss of Fortune etc.
It's time for the cities to step up too. Better job training. More cultural sensitivity. Penalties that are enacted long before these incidents occur.
BE Prayerful! BE Mindful! BE Careful!