The Cops Are Out Of Control... And The Solution Will Not Come From Government
Sorry for my absence everyone... It's been a rough last week, personally. Without going into too much detail; my car got impounded, I had to move apartments, and some personal dramas unfolded in a not so pleasant way...All in the game and all that... still makes for a depressing week.
All of that aside, I have seen more and more evidence in my first hand experiences Here in New Orleans and Louisiana in general; THE COPS ARE OUT OF FUCKING CONTROL. Just today, Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry, announced his decision not to criminally charge either of the two (WHITE )Baton Rouge police officers responsible for the death of Alton Sterling, a Black man selling CD's outside of a convenience store. Crying shame, that one. read up here if you'd like to be outraged a bit more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/27/us/alton-sterling-investigation/index.html
The main issue that I see here is that Officers are routinely given every signal from their superiors, and from the State and Federal Judiciaries, THAT THEY WILL BE PROTECTED EVEN IF THEY KILL SOMEONE. The damning quote below:
"The police officers involved in the shooting were Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni. Lake had three years of law enforcement experience which included a previous shooting of an African American male. He was subsequently placed on a department-mandated leave; Salamoni had four years of experience. Salamoni and Lake had both been previously investigated and cleared by their department for allegedly having used excessive force"
So now, this officer "Howie Lake II" has SHOT 2 BLACK MEN in 3 years, and has never once seen consequences past paid leave. I think that speaks for itself.
These two men are MURDERERS regardless of what The State says about their actions:
I'm from The Southern US, and here, especially in the company of only other White people, most White folks say the word "Black" and really mean "thug, criminal, gangster, scary". It's embedded in the language. Legitimately, a significant amount of White people here are instinctively trained to fear Black people. It's subtle, and expresses itself in seemingly innocuous ways.... White people here make sure to say so if they are discussing Black people/persons. You'll hardly ever hear "Oh yeah, we hired this great new guy at the office, Marcus."
It's always " We hired a black man at the office today." White people don't tell you the person they are discussing is White, it is assumed. Not so with any other race. Subtleties of expression and Language like this continue to reinforce racist attitudes at a below-conscious level, for many people at least. THE COPS HAVE THIS SYNDROME WORSE THAN ANYONE ELSE. THEY ARE THE WEAPONIZED EXPRESSION OF WHITE FEAR IN THE SOUTH. This results in this exact scenario: A Black man reaches for his cell phone in his pocket and gets gunned down because the cops assume violent intent much more readily than in the same situation with a White man instead of a Black man. This is not something that can be changed by legislature. Changing this requires years of cultural evolution, and a change in the hiring practices and workplace culture of police forces countrywide.
In addition to the ongoing issue of Racially Motivated Police Brutality, it is becoming apparent that New Orleans is ground-zero for the next generation of State Surveillance technology. A recently unearthed agreement between NOPD and the private security firm Palantir, paved the way for dozens of networked surveillance cameras to be installed in various neighborhoods all throughout New Orleans. No votes, no warnings, no community oversight. These cameras literally went up overnight, one right in front of my fucking house, just watching us and flashing its blue and red lights into my living room. Read in depth here:
It's maybe not something most folks are willing to say, but I think the only real solution here is for the cops to consistently suffer consequences when they kill people... they should be more afraid of what will happen if they kill someone, than getting killed in action themselves. Isn't that the whole point of being a cop? For one to put aside their own well-being and health to serve their community? Whether it be at the hands of the State, or at the hands of an organized and unafraid citizenry: COPS MUST BE AFRAID OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF MURDERING PEOPLE. THE STATE WILL NOT AID US IN THIS EFFORT BECAUSE ITS' INTERESTS ARE NOT OUR OWN.