A Native Texan who adores baby kittens, loves horses, rodeos, pomegranates, & collect Eagles. Enjoys politics, games shows, & dancing to all types of music. Loves discussing and learning about different cultures. A Phi Theta Kappa lifetime member with a passion for Social & Civil Justice.
A man injured after being arrested by the Baltimore police died today, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Freddie Gray had to undergo a double surgery on three broken vertebrae and an injured voice box on Tuesday, after he was released by the police. He died today after days of remaining in a coma.
The 27-year old was arrested last week for an undisclosed violation. The police said that he was restrained on the ground by an officer during the arrest, but appeared to be fine when he was taken to the district station. However, a cell phone video shows that the arresting officers used force that some may seen as “brutal.”
Protests have broken out in his neighborhood since Gray was sent to the hospital.
“What happened to Freddie was unnecessary and uncalled for,” the Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant of the Empowerment Temple said to protestors on Saturday. “All of those police officers involved need to be held accountable and answer for what they did, and need to be terminated from their positions,” he urged.
I’ve said it before and I will say it till I am rotting. There is no such thing as a good cop in America. Because there is no good Police department with good practices and good training hiring good men to do a good job for the good people of this country (which I will not call good).
You are correct. What we currently have is a “Police Department”; in the larger sense; that is operated by Bureaucrats seeking advancement rather than men dedicated to protecting the people from actual violent criminals.
These are often psychopaths drawn to the work by the easy, clear-cut, nature of the work; the plethora of opportunities to lie, steal, kill and torture without accountability.
These are the same type of men who were drawn to volunteer for duty in the Death Camps of the “Third Reich”.
And these are the men doing the hiring, training, and cover-up for the men they hire as street cops.
More psychopaths seeking power and wealth and the “fun of the kill” and the thrill of getting away with it due to your status as a “trusted?” member of the community.
PSYCHOPATHS. Not good men doing a tough job just trying to do their best.
That is pure fantasy. I don’t give a good fuck what they tell me. I don’t care what they tell each other. I don’t care what any writer or blogger or journalist tells me.
There is a culture of fear in this nation.
Fear of the Cops? Yes of course but perhaps worse; fear of being without them; of making them your enemy; of admitting what we know in our hearts to be true.
It is a cover-up of national scope and it affects almost everyone to one extent or another. It is the shadow of unease that falls over us when we speak out against our government or our Police. As though they might come to the door and drag us off for “Special Treatment”.
Judging by the news out of Chicago, it could happen.
Judging by our “Black Sites” and Guantanamo Bay it already is.
It is at times tempting for a Lilly White fellow like me to want to criticize some black person in the news or even another blogger for their hesitation to speak out and say it like it really is but always restrain myself because I remember what it means to be a Black Man in America; especially some parts. Not that I know this from experience but I have been American for 56 years and I have watched from both sides and I see with my eyes what has been done and what is being done. You don’t have to BE black to understand that it is a drastically more serious and dangerous thing for a Black man to walk out his door than for a White man. That idea is one sold to us by White Hating Rhetoric of early Black activists who were rightly pissed and trying to rally their people against their oppressors. Before it was accepted that a White man might stand up and speak out against the brutal treatment meted out to the other human beings around him even if they weren’t the same color as he.
Today though; we know that there are many millions of Americans who are both White and also able to see,(I know; you thought it couldn’t happen).
If the Civil Rights movement did any one thing for America, likely to make a difference; which did; in fact; make a difference; it was that it opened the eyes of young Americans who were already up in arms about the War and poor educational standards among poor whites etc.; and allowed them to see; to care; to sometimes march with; to empathize with this whole huge faction of the people that otherwise; they would never have thought about.
These young people have become our writers; Philosophers; our Conscience.
We see. We cry. We understand that grief and pain is the same for all people.
What we don’t get, is how anyone can maintain such a hatred; a disrespect; and a blatant dismissal of an entire segment (13% I believe) of our own population. UNLESS; they are conscienceless Psychopaths; hiring Psychopaths to carry out their vicious plan to control ne completely dominate “We The People”