The STRIPES of Healing
This biweekly newsletter will seek to explain the pain and suffering mainly people of color endure through no fault of their own. The dehumanizing excuses our people always seem to elicit from people in power that make our Christian Brothers and Sisters accept their reasoning as if it was uttered by the Almighty. Lastly what I see with my own eyes begs the question from my conscience. “Are we loving or can we really love our neighbor as ourselves”.
Issue 15: On Notice
Hear ye Hear ye. Notice is given to all police officers, police union officials, and wanna be soulja boys that your actions from henceforth will forever be scrutinized. The go to crowd of White people that excuse your actions as ‘stressful’ and ‘impossible situations’ or the best of your worse is ‘split second’ decision are not to be ‘second guessed’ even when zero skill or professionalism was on display. None of you are the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ or his Father the Almighty. It is certain in the heart of this Black man that none of you are the Judge, the Jury or the Executioner!
Back up. What happened in California where that little girl was murdered by that police officer is simple as far as I see it. First, where is the supervisor or who’s in charge? Second, if no supervisor is present who is capable of being accountable? Third, why am I saying this is because if nobody is in charge then the ‘cowboy complex’ or the ‘hero complex’ takes over the mind. Here I come to save the day right? No, nobody gets to say, ‘it’s a tough situation’ and it excuses a human life being taken. No a little girl, a ‘girl!’ was killed by a ‘hot shot’ police officer wanna be hero. Period!
I wrote a post about ‘How To Degrade An Organization’ a few years back which was obviously missed by a lot of these so called ‘advocates’ for the police. Let me see if I can apply it to the police specifically. So it is impossible for a police officer to think in a stressful situation. It is impossible for a police officer to visualize and realize the setting and account for all possible outcomes. A police officer should be allowed to come on the scene and just blast away devoid of discretion and the sanctity of human life. If this is the case then the only conclusion I can make is that every police officer is either a ‘Bubba Whiskey Still’ or ‘Soulja Boy’. Bubba cop wearing filthy shorts and no shirt spitting chewing tobacco as he blasts away. Soulja Boy with his pants down showing his ass with his gold grill and ball cap cocked to the side of his head shooting his gun sideways.
If it was me and I wanted police officers to be thought of as highly skilled with keen discretion that errs always on the side of saving lives, I would be completely disgusted by an advocate portraying ‘the job’ as impossible to perform. That tells the general public which is everybody that every police officer wearing the uniform is a threat to every citizen. I’m not going to ‘advocate’ running away as fast as you can when the police arrive at a crime scene yet, but I’m going to seriously advise everyone to leave the area or seek adequate cover. All their ‘advocates’ will ask in the same breath for forgiveness and glory for the total inability to perform their duties by some or no reasonable standard of skill and professionalism. Just praise the police simply for the choice they made to be a police officer. Here’s a contrast.
One of my two tours in Afghanistan I was TC or Truck Commander. We were delivering supplies to FOB’s or Forward Operating Bases. We contracted with a local to haul one of our combat vehicles. Long story short our vehicle was way too heavy, so we had to halt and pull security. Well a civilian fired off a round and all the Afghans scattered. Do you know what the rest of us did? Every soldier acted professionally. We scanned our sectors and saw that the incident was the actions of a lone person trying to get us to shoot widely into the crowds gathered around us. Every soldier is trained extensively, and officers and sergeants give orders! No soldier goes off halfcocked and starts killing people!
My heart dropped when the Afghans scattered because I knew they were scared of being killed. My heart did rise again immediately when no American soldier fired into the crowd! Yes we were able with the help of a wrecker from the FOB to stabilize the vehicle so the contractor could pull his woefully inferior trailer out from under our property. We completed our mission, and everybody returned to home base. As a United States Army soldier I would be insulted if someone made a case that I couldn’t determine or account for all outcomes before firing my weapon at an enemy. Yeah, that’s right, I’m talking about killing a fellow soldier while trying to kill the enemy. You don’t git metals for displaying an utter lack of skill and failure!
I’m going to coin a term or co-sign a term of ‘Police Privilege’. Police privilege is the privilege of doing whatever in the name of the law void of skill, discretion and professionalism while not being subject to scrutiny or accountability. This police wagon circling has even degraded the United States Supreme Court. How? Qualified Immunity is defined as securing the protection of highly educated U.S. Supreme Court justices by making them believe that unaccountability is required in the performance of police work and police work exclusively. That haphazard and slipshod performance should be protected by the reputation, organization and prestige of the highest court in America.
My loyal readers this is me pulling punches. If I keep hearing about how police work or any honorable work cannot be done unless someone is killed in the process I’m going to drop an aircraft carrier on that person’s words. An inability to do a job shouldn’t be commendable. That ain’t right. Rest well little girl. Your life meant everything to your parents and to those of us that value the rule of law righteously.