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 19: If Only I Could Behold Competent Police Officers
The arresting officer behind Director Ryan Coogler that put him in handcuffs should be fired immediately. The teller that Black woman should be training all of Bank of America tellers because her incompetence should spread throughout their organization. That teller had the nerve to say ‘good job guys’ to the police officers? Oh man I love it. She should be employee of the century! Why you ask? Let me tell you how she contradicted her entire story to fit the stupidity of her actions. She said the customer gave her his ‘id’. She said it was a ‘California id’. The customer kept stating to her to ‘look at the note’. Why then did she say to the ‘security guards’ that showed up in Atlanta Police uniforms that ‘her stomach was turning’?
That ‘security guard’ sergeant in Atlanta Police garb must be part of the most unprofessional crop of supervisors I have ever seen masquerading as examples of leadership. It would be an injustice and a disgrace to call these ‘police officers’ KLONDIKE KOPS because it would insult their moniker. These ‘security guard’ Atlanta Police people failed in every way possible to show competence and a skill set that seems to be attributed to ‘law enforcement personnel’. That’s why as a Black man I call it like I see it no matter the race, color or creed of this type of buffoonery.
Stay with me because I work in mental health, and I can tell you it is not for the faint of heart. I respond to patients in crisis all the time and I don’t go hands on immediately. I practice a professional set of skills! I arrive on scene and gather information with my eyes, ears, nose and brain. Brain, boy that is something I don’t see being used a lot in police work. Read the first paragraph and tell me when you would stop that teller to ask her this question. He gave you his ID?
That teller isn’t even privy to the security protocols to enter that area of the bank where she works! Mr. Coogler said as much “I had to use my card to get back there”. He hands her the note and his ID. He lays his phone on the counter. His demeanor doesn’t flash a hint of nervousness. He continues to speak in a clear and calm voice rising a little when that ‘security guard’ Atlanta police idiot pulled his gun out. Side point, bank robbery is a ‘fast’ crime. If Mr. Coogler was robbing the bank why would he bring in his phone? Why was he ‘not’ wearing gloves? The most damming point. Why did he use his access card which leaves a world of information on the digital ‘grid’?
That ‘sergeant’ if I must use the term is demeaning to every professional that wears that well known mantle of leadership. He told Mr. Coogler the ‘seriousness of the call’ mandated that Mr. Coogler could not be extended some fucking professionalism! ‘No benefit of the doubt’ that buffoon told Mr. Coogler. All those ‘cops’ and forgive me for describing them as such. It should insult all the ‘cops’ doing their jobs with professionalism. All of them arrived at the bank to no sounds of disturbance or indicators of danger. No customers running out screaming. No customers aware that another customers was being serviced by what it seemed like a ‘teller’ playing junior detective.
Oh, I haven’t forgotten the branch manager. He should be fired immediately if he still works there. That guy or gal has zero judgment and zero accountability. When I held the rank of Sergeant in the United States Army I understood one thing. I never failed to give the truth to my superiors! I would accept nothing less flowing in my direction. I spoke up against my First Sergeant having sex with the females in the Unit and he was married. It cost me the chance to make Staff Sergeant. I still maintained my professionalism and my honor. That branch manager is responsible for that incompetent show of customer service and human decency to Mr. Coogler.
So to all the ‘Demon Christians’ always siding with the stupidity of this world because of title, position, race, creed, job or color. Know this, you and I will see the maker one day. Won’t be any praise of incompetence standing before the First Father. I wish I could laugh at Bank of America, but I can’t. A man could have lost his life just for providing his account information. Think about that. I don’t even work in a bank, and I would’ve read his note entirely and took the time to look at his ID to greet and acknowledge the customer with respect.
I am thanked by patients all the time at my job for my professionalism. Know how many times they’ve called me out my name. Threatened me with physical violence. Lied on me to my supervisors. I learned this one thing in church. When it is all said and done all you will have is your name. I have never forgotten that, and I never will. So all you folks out there happily basking in the organizations, companies, households and gathering shielding you from your wrongs. Have at it. They can’t discharge you from the last and final judgement.