4.08.2015

#RIP Walter Scott





I'm not going to go in with the usual commentary (how sad is that we have "the usual commentary" on this subject?), but I do have some words.

1 - No.  If we didn't have this video, Michael Slager would not have been charged.  So stop asking.  If we're going to have a meaningful dialogue (there's that word again), that would require actual meaningful dialogue.  Asking over and over whether or not this video "makes all the difference" is not meaningful.  Of course, this video makes all the damn difference.  Slager justified the killing with a bald-faced lie and would've been successful had it not been for this video.

So instead, let's ask more important questions, like how can Slager ever so calmly and deliberately kill a human being, then simply go on with his life?  A lot of white commenters keep describing Scott's murder as "shocking" and "horrifying" and "chilling."

For brown people, it's Wednesday.

2 - No.  This video doesn't guarantee justice.  Don't get me wrong, it's a powerful video, but even its power has limits.  Eric Garner was strangled to death for all the world - literally all the world - to see, and his family ain't seen justice yet.

3 - Even if tried and convicted, there will be no death penalty.  Even as we speak, gears are in motion, strategies are reforming hellbent on saving Slager's life.  That's what the system's designed to do in these situations.  The video presented a hiccup in the system, but a mere hiccup nonetheless.

The system was built to adapt to hiccups.
Fox legal analyst Arhtur Aidala told the Fox & Friends troika Wednesday morning that planting a weapon on a victim, as Officer Michael Slager is apparently seen to do to Walter Scott in a video released last night, used to be par for the course.

“When I was in the DA’s office in the 80s and 90s, that was standard operating procedures,” Aidala said. “Police officers — I hate to say this — would keep a second gun that nobody knew about on their ankle, so if they ever killed someone they shouldn’t have they would take that gun out –”

“That was before the iPhone and that would not be allowed,” co-host Brian Kilmeade quickly interjected. (Several state legislatures are trying to make it illegal to film police officers, but hey.)
(Source)
4 - Of course Scott was running from Slager. I'm not surprised at all.  People keep saying that if "people" (read: black people) just stopped running from cops, mouthing off cops, and disobeying cops, we'd have nothing to fear.  First off, right there, you know that comment is coming from either a member of the New Black Society (and thus shielded by their wealth and fame privilege), or a white person who's simply never had a nasty interaction with the cops.  'Cause it only takes that one experience to change your view of the police forever.

The police should be mature, disciplined, focused, and well-trained enough to handle mouthy teenagers, suspects fleeing on foot, and unarmed, defenseless civilians in general. That's how you earn the trust of a community and the respect for your badge - through professionalism, hard work, and humility. The badge doesn't automatically grant you respect. That has to be earned, and right now in America, respect for the police is at an all-time low.

If a cop can't deal with an unarmed, skinny 17-year-old during a traffic stop without tasing him into a coma, that cop has no business being in uniform. If a cop can't simply investigate a 12-year-old playing alone with a toy gun, he has no business being in uniform (especially if he's already been kicked out of said uniform once before). If a group of cops can't deal with one 22-year-old cosplayer, armed only with a toy samurai sword and an afro, they have no business being in uniform.

And if a 33-year-old cop can't chase down and tackle a fleeing 50-year-old on foot, he has no business being uniform.

How can we trust you in a crisis if you can't handle the day-to-day? How can we look to your guidance and leadership during the next building fire or bomb threat or citywide evacuation, when you're killing 18-year-olds for jaywalking???

5 - "Human" is a relative term.
“There’s going to be no sympathy for this police officer, except for the fact that it’s a 33-year-old human being who is getting paid $40,000 to protect his own life and protect everyone else’s life,” Aidala said. “Nobody thinks this cop woke up that morning and said let me go kill somebody. He made split second decisions and they were wrong. Obviously he made wrong decisions. It’s going to be about, in my opinion, how much jail time does he serve.” (Source - see previous quote)
Quite frankly, I believe that the ability to murder with impunity is what draws so many people to the military and the police force in the first place. Slager had a civilian running away from him and didn't hesitate to pull out his gun and fire eight times.  No blinking, no batting an eyelash, no hands shaking.  No puking afterward, no going into shock.  Didn't even hesitate to cuff the corpse afterward, acting as though between him and his victim, he'd been inconvenienced the most (think Peter Liang texting his union rep over Akai Gurley's dead body).

Please...people like that wake up every morning and hope they get to kill someone.  Isn't that why George Zimmerman kept applying to the police force and appointed himself the neighborhood watchman?

6 - Power + Privilege = Enormous Responsibility.  At least...that's how that equation is supposed to go.  Cops and their supporters are always talking about how dangerous the job is and how every day could be their last.  They all paint the same rosy cliche of men strapping on their boots and kissing their wives goodbye in the morning (because for some reason, they're all hetero, implied-white males who are underpaid yet can somehow afford to have stay-at-home wives raising their multiple children).

If you recall, "On the macro level, in the United States police work is not included in the top 10 most dangerous professions. Sanitation workers, truck drivers, forestry workers, and professional fisherman are far more likely to be killed or injured on the job than police."

That's why along with body cameras, we need to put an end to the fat, bloated, donut-eating cops who mainly just collect paychecks.  Firemen have to stay fit and they are engaged less often than cops, therefore cops need to also be required to stay fit, able to chase down suspects and neutralize them with martial arts rather than running a few feet, stopping to pant, then pulling out a gun.  Take away all that military equipment and replace it with a gym at every precinct.  The money will be much better spent, I assure you.

Secondly, we need to abolish administrative leave.  No more paid vacation for killing taxpayers.  The very notion is atrocious.  Cops need to know that if a civilian dies, there goes their paycheck, pending investigation.  It will resume - non-retroactively - when the officer is cleared of all charges beyond all doubt.  We also need to pass a law which bars cops from receiving donations until they are cleared of all charges, and even then the state should still take 20% off the top to cover the expenses of the investigation.  If the FBI/DOJ has to get involved, there goes another 20%.

Lastly, I don't even support the death penalty, but with power and privilege come enormous responsibility, thus the abuse of power should carry an enormous sentence.  I hope this goes to trial and I hope the family of Walter Scott leaves the death penalty option on the table.  I get why James Anderson's family appealed to the court to not execute his murderers, but we can't "advocate for change" while doing the same thing over and over again.

I am tired of the Forgiving Negro routine; I think we need to bury it back in the 20th Century where that bullshit belongs.  Like I said before, the old methods will not work here. You cannot love this enemy; song and prayer will not help you overcome. You have to adopt an entirely different attitude with these people.

So I'm going to end this post by stating unequivocally that Michael Slager should be tried, convicted, and publicly executed for all the world to see.  Whatever "off switch" people like him have when they're killing brown people apparently needs to be shocked back into the "on" position. People like Slager need to know once and for all that causing grievous injury to brown people can actually result in their own "justifiable homicides".  We need cameras in that execution chamber come the day; we need every major network to broadcast it live.  We all need to watch the light go out of his eyes.  We then need police departments to regularly show the execution as a polite reminder to their staff.

Make those three changes and cops will gladly start keeping brown civilians alive by any means necessary.

20 comments:

  1. Make no mistake: this IS progress. Holding police accountable is a damn good step and people (including non-blacks) will benefit from this new standard that I hope will be implemented nationwide. I'd like to think that the decision to charge the racist cop was due to a keen sense of morality. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure it's a way for the South Carolina Police Department to avoid the DOJ from investigating them, like they did in Ferguson.

    - Ranier M.

    I should've thought of that.

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    1. I'm with Bro. Rainier on that.

      Yes, visually this seems like " progress"( I put that in quotation marks for a reason. I wouldn't want it to be a case of this being a case of seeing-is-not-always-believing moment. Presently, it seems like " justice" is being done and the next thing you know , the cop is released without going to prison). This isn't the first time S.Carolina have put a cop behind bars. There was another cop who assassinated a Black man and he was arrested for his actions last year. I wonder what happened with that parasite?

      I also applaud the young guy that had this evidence . I sympathize with his as he questions about his life and understandable why he's afraid,but I call this guy a hero. He..at least for the time being..averted a potential fairy tale that Slager wanted to talk about. God will protect him and in case something tragic happens to him..none of us will have to look too far to know who did it.

      I definitely will agree with you about the forgiveness jazz. As was said about what a poster said about Levi Pettit, while forgiveness is ok for you to have a piece of mind,at the same time it can be used against you by giving up your rights for them. They will play games with you by hiccuping a racial incident and pretend that they're sorry. Silence and denial will not help an POC community. If people like that young man and those protesters did this, they will probably commit genocide against us..seriously.

      I'm hoping that his arrest will lead to prison time. I don't think that he won't get the death penalty. Rarely do White folks get it for a POC person,but jail/prison time will suffice and if he's there, he'll probably have to be in isolation. After all, if there is one thing that prisoners don't like are people in law enforcement.

      Again, this appears to be a step in the right direction but which way will this go is the question? Whether it will be in the wrong/right one, I'm just hoping that people will not let them forget about Black people like Walter Scott.

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    2. "They will play games with you by hiccuping a racial incident and pretend that they're sorry."

      That is why I am not so quick to forgive. I've seen it all before:

      Step 1: Say/Do something racist.

      Step 2: Get caught.

      Step 3: Say "I'm sorry.", "I am not racist, I swear.", "I did not know that this would hurt so many people.", "I have Black relatives."

      Step 4: Negro Forgiveness Brigade accepts "apology".

      Step 5: Slate is wiped clean for more fuckery to occur again.

      Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

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    3. In one of his interviews, Santana revealed that the cops did know he was filming and told him they would need to talk to him/take his phone. No wonder he was so terrified. He actually thought about erasing the footage.

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  2. Nothing will change until the white people themselves want to change, since they are the only ones who can reel in their dogs. Otherwise, Black folks will have to come up with counter strategies to protect ourselves

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    1. I like this mentality because I think the whole "waiting for white people" is very early 20th Century, and we have more important things to do right now. Like start more of our own businesses, take charge of our communities, and capitalize on our political power.

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  3. Even if tried and convicted, there will be no death penalty. Even as we speak, gears are in motion, strategies are reforming hellbent on saving Slager's life. That's what the system's designed to do in these situations. The video presented a hiccup in the system, but a mere hiccup nonetheless.

    Seeing as though the law was written by white men, it only makes sense that these laws would benefit white men. What Poc have learned is this: these laws are no different than the laws that govern any racist system. Some laws can be bent-, while others can be broken. (to paraphrase Morpheus).To be clear, rarely if ever have I seen a case where a white man gets the death penalty for killing a black person. This officer showed no more concern for Walter Scott then one would for a quail, or stag during the hunt. Hunters don’t run after their prey, they stalk their quarry, so that if the target breaks for the brush you’re within range to bring it down. This was an opportunity to kill without consequence, to kill without remorse: like a predator.

    Here we have another instance of Ideal image, vs Authentic behavior. For too long we’ve been taught to think of police officers as a ragtag band of dedicated, selfless heroes. Exemplars of the common good who’ve answered society’s call, to Protect and Serve.

    Still, there’s a reason why so many power-hungry psychopaths are drawn to its ranks, because Protect and Serve for many means: Keep them Niggers in Line. Police officers were crooked well before Prohibition. A time when white bodies littered the streets, and Mayhem/Criminality had a White face attached to it. Hell, even the term Drive-by Shooting was epitomized by white men, fast cars and Tommy guns. As I've said before, times change but people don’t. You could send Officer Michael Slager back to the 1950’s and he wouldn’t appear out of place, because sadly we've progressed very little since then. I almost lost my composure watching the video because all I could think about was my son. This could have been him.

    Lastly, in light of the dash-cam video circulating the net, whites now have something to grab onto. A few days ago a cellphone video left some of the staunchest police defenders without defense. But now-… now they can blame the victim instead of that fine officer. "Well, if he hadn’t bolted from his car he’d be alive today, so as far as 'We' can determine, it's much ado about nothing." Rinse, repeat.

    “Of course Scott was running from Slager. I'm not surprised at all. People keep saying that if "people" (read: black people) just stopped running from cops, mouthing off cops, and disobeying cops, we'd have nothing to fear.”

    Yeah, because we all know white people don’t do these things.

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    1. Still, there’s a reason why so many power-hungry psychopaths are drawn to its ranks, because Protect and Serve for many means: Keep them Niggers in Line. Police officers were crooked well before Prohibition. A time when white bodies littered the streets, and Mayhem/Criminality had a White face attached to it. Hell, even the term Drive-by Shooting was epitomized by white men, fast cars and Tommy guns.

      And they make glamorous movies about those times, call them noir films and give the bad guys heroic names like "outlaws."

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  4. The Nightly Show: For the Record - The Shooting of Walter Scott

    This video speaks to the depth of our frustration, because we see it so often. White guys going toe-to-toe with police officers with not so much as a Taser being utilized in the cop’s defense. The thought that somehow our physical-magical prowess is of such capacity- that we must be terminated (with extreme prejudice) lest these officers perish in the wake. Two sets of rules govern interactions between Cops and Poc, and even while whites deny this dichotomy, police officers are being immortalized on camera initiating, effecting and then suppressing this most obvious truth.

    Is it any wonder why so many of us are sick? Why so many of us suffer from Depression and Mental illness? Why Poc suffer from Hypertension, Stress- High blood Pressure, Strokes and the like? Why we treat each other with such contempt? One could infer (with a reasonable amount of certainty) that it stems from Centuries of Internalized Oppression. Hence, we suffer (not because we’re inferior no) instead, we’ve been obliged to acclimate under a sustained narrative of torts. Slavery may have ended over 200 years ago, but we’ve been in crisis ever since. Each new slight to our dignity shortens our life-expectancy, and lowers our resistance to disease.

    The accumulated effect of years of driving while Black, shopping while Black, and encounters with racism and police — such as officers engaged in New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy who stopped more than 4-million men over the course of the last decade—85 percent of them Black and Latino — can have a deleterious effect on the health of Black men, the research shows.

    Racism, (Not Black-on-Black crime- Heart disease, HIV or Cancer), Racism, is the leading cause of death for Poc in this country. Course, try telling whites that.

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    1. "The thought that somehow our physical-magical prowess is of such capacity- that we must be terminated (with extreme prejudice) lest these officers perish in the wake."

      You know you are living in a nightmare when an UNARMED Black man is considered more dangerous than an ARMED White man. I just recently read somewhere that some White people actually think that Black people possess some type of superhuman strength or super powers. That may sound cool to some people, but it really is pathetic and dangerous.

      I hope things don't get to the next level of marching off Blacks to detention centers and halls like they did in Nazi Germany and, before that, ON AMERICAN SOIL, in the Black section of Tulsa, OK with the destruction of Black Wall Street.

      http://s236.photobucket.com/user/DeeOlive/media/Capturednegroes.jpg.html

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    2. " I hope that things don't get to the next level of marching off Blacks to detention centers and halls like they did in Nazi Germany and, before that ON AMERICAN SOIL< in the Black section of Tulsa, Ok with the destruction of Black Wall Street.."

      Not too long ago, I was reading about a young Black man ...and a college student( This for the people who only think that college students/ graduates never get harassed by the police)...who played basketball with some cops ,but was arrested a couple of days later with no probable cause.

      When you think about..they're trying to slowly to that to us look us up, just like this guy for just beating the living daylights out these cops in basketball. The idea of them doing that is really stupid,but it's their way of trying to intimidate us into submission which will never be because that is not the African/American way.

      Between 2020 and 2050, The U.S. may be come a majority-minority country. I think about how our supposed " forefathers" said that it was the "land of the free" and a " melting pot". To think about a diverse society..to many people...means that everybody shouild know how to live and respect each others differences..as fellow human beings. If that is supposed to be the case, then why is it that White society is having a hard time excepting this?

      As many of POC's have said..the rules that was supposedly made for everybody was actually made for rich, Christian White men and far as the US being a democracy,it's actually a Republican country, since it consist of a being a republic. Now that a Black man is ruling the US, it scares them because they want to rule everybody except themselves.

      I think about those words that my late maternal grandmother said about " Bottom rail rising to the top"(Or at least ,it's said in simulation to that).A lot of old Black people during her time said that and my mom taught me that. Though I was clueless of what she meant, she was basically saying " What goes up,must come down.". She always thought that maybe Black folks/minorities would rise to the occasion and that one day we would have a Black president. I admit, I thought that if a Black president would come, I would be an 100 year old woman and/or dead and gone but I'm still here and I'm seeing part of what they're talking about and slowly, I'm seeing other things that reminds me of the "Bottom rail"..on TV, in my home city, magazines..little things that reminds you that while we're still fighting the beast, the US..and maybe perhaps the world...attitude about Whiteness..is beginning to shift and they know it. That is why they're acting a fool about it. Those cops and other racist like them may kill, rob, imprison, beat and humiliate Blacks/minorities but at the end ,they will be blessed and we all will reap the good benefits of their sacrifices.

      The racists can try but if something is meant to be, they can't stop it.

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  5. Good reforms but I'd suggest two more. Direct elected civilian review boards with teeth (no more "Internal Affairs: as the final judgement authority over fit-to-serve rulings), two, initial and periodic refresher screening. I mean deep, invasive, psychological screening (we're talking wired for pulse rate, skin galvanic resistance and pupil reflex) and you test for these low level reactions to scenarios on the gun range, reactions to their home and other demographics, reactions to the contrarian and the mentally ill, dare I whatever weeds out to leave only the trouble-shooting/problem solving mindset that is called to service. Screen out: the nervous, the jumpy, the whatever -ist types, the power trippers, etc. as unfit for service.

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    1. "...I mean deep, invasive, psychological screening (we're talking wired for pulse rate, skin galvanic resistance and pupil reflex) and you test for these low level reactions to scenarios on the gun range, reactions to their home and other demographics,..."

      I agree. Moreover, a tip for those professionals administering the Rorschach test. If the substance of your subject’s answers seem similar to, but do not necessarily exclude:
      Big Black Man:
      Scary Black Man:
      Black Man running from you:
      Black man walking toward you (with license in hand)
      Back man reaching for his license:
      Black Man with hands in pocket:
      Black man with a dark object:
      Black man with a BB gun, Toy gun- Squirt-gun, or a Magazine with a gun pictured on the cover:
      Black man Driving:
      Black man Walking:
      Black man on angel dust eating another man’s face:
      Black man on PCP, Tylenol, Bayer aspirin, or asthma medication:
      Black man Raping something:
      Black man Beating something:
      Black man Breathing:
      Angry Black man:
      President Obama:
      Black Man with wife, girlfriend or child:
      Black Man, Black Man, Black Man (Not necessarily in that order)

      Or simply someone of questionable ethnicity, doing questionable things (with or without a gun). Should the subject’s affect increase from flat to say, questionably animated during the course of your examination, he or she is probably not qualified for law enforcement.

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    2. @ oe

      Great points, especially about the screening. It was found that a lot of white cops don't test well MRI-wise when shown images of black men. They should be automatically removed from the force. Potential applicants who fail that exam as well should be automatically disqualified.

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  6. Police Release Video Of Deadly Brawl In Arizona Watch closely.

    So this is how it is huh. If policemen are as impartial as they claim to be, if skin-color doesn’t matter as they erroneously assert: then why isn’t every single one of these combatants dead? Any one of those officers should have feared for their lives and yet, look how long it takes for shots to be fired, and that’s only because They Were Forced To Return Fire After Being Shot at. You just don’t pull guns on white people unless You Have No Other Option. With us, all it takes is the officer’s imagination.

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    1. I just read one of the comments on the video that said, "We gave them extra long time to give up, you know, cause they were white, but when they started shooting, we had to return fire." It got several thumbs up votes.

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    2. So even when you’re fighting someone who poses a deadly threat to you, your inbred bias perpetually reaffirms the White-Equals-Good narrative. You may be in the fight of your life, but partiality pacifies you with White is Good: White is Benign: You’re safe with us: Trust them: Whites are innocent until proven otherwise.

      However, when confronting non-whites the opposing paradigm operates. Black is treacherous! Blacks are Deadly! He’s on PCP! Watch em! Don’t trust em! Careful! What are you doing??! Take Jerry’s Reeds words for instance, and put them in the mouth of your average policeman and there’s the problem.

      To those officers who die by homicide, many succumb because they’ve invested all their faith in whiteness. Hence, Cops are more measured when the suspect is white, more prone to trust/complacency when the suspect is white. Even when their lives hang in the balance some discover (maybe for the first time in their lives) they’re incapable of shooting a fellow white.

      I call this one, Blinded by the White: Police Dashcam - Kehoe Brothers Wilmington, Ohio Shooting: The cop goes out of his way to accommodate this white citizen.

      Police Shooting: Kid on "Mushrooms: Snatches officer's gun and lives to brag about it.

      Dash Cam Video of WMPD officers getting killed: Predictably, his guard was down.

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  7. This is an extremely honest video of a Southern redneck speaking on racial White supremacy (RWS) and what White folks should do about it. He says, “What is it that stops so many white people from wanting to change our hearts in regards to race?” Then he goes to answer that question, saying part of it is fear and part of it is greed. There are two videos where he speaks on this. The second video is where he talks about cops shooting Blacks and admit to fear of Black retribution.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/11/this-redneck-may-have-just-started-a-white-revolution-against-racism-video/

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    1. We don’t want to lose power, we don’t want to lose dominance, we don’t want to lose privileges. We don’t want to lose benefits that the system of white supremacy has created here in America for white people.

      That’s it in a nutshell. Good find! A sobering moment of clarity and self-observation. He almost sounds too insightful, too intelligent to simply be a redneck. This man analytically/systematically, lays white supremacy bare, much like a teacher.

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    2. Excellent find. I spent the morning watching his videos. I hope more people take the Dixon Challenge, and I hope his new movement continues to gain momentum.

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