Death by Police Part 2: Black Lives Still Matter

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Back to Back is how it seemed to happen this time. July 5, 2016. In Baton Rouge, La. Alton Sterling was out on his grind, selling pirated DVDs, in front of a local store. When the police got this disturbance call, saying a homeless person had been threatened. The Store owner Abdulla Muflahi said and from the video captured, we can SEE the officer stick a gun to his chest and then we can HEAR if you move…I swear to God, and then lights out for Mr. Sterling. The store owner, Abdullah Muflahi, told the newspaper, he was not holding his gun or touching his pockets during the incident. The gun was later found in his pocket. Muflahi said he hurried up and put his phone in his pocket, because he didn’t want the police to take it from him. In the video you can see Mr. Sterling’s hands are pinned to his sides, after the killing, you see one of the officers in the video roll off of Mr. Sterling. They kept Mr. Muflahi in the back of police car for 2 hours, and they took his store video surveillance without his permission or a search warrant. Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II are on paid leave. L.A. (Los Angeles) did you see the way Sterling’s 15-year old son, he just sobbed and cried out for his Dad. It was soooo heartwrenching.

St. Paul, Minnesota (St. Anthony) – Philando Castile on July 6, 2016 was killed by police officer, Jeronimo Yanez. He panicked and shot into a car with a female passenger, and a little four-year old girl in the back seat. He says, I told him to put his hands up, and the female passenger, Diamond Reynolds who was able to record some of what occurred, says “no sir, you told him to get his license and registration.” And then she tells the officer you shot his arm off. L.A….I don’t understand what happened in the aftermath, the delay in getting the paramedics…After being removed from the car, Diamond Reynolds is crying out in to the live stream in the back of police car, but heartbreaking her little four-year old daughter says “its okay, I’m right here with you.” And Mr. Castile is pronounced dead at 9:37 p.m. Over a busted tail light, I can’t.

Dallas Texas – July 7, 2017 Micah X Johnson -During what started out as a peaceful Black Life Matters protest, took an action that would leave 9 wounded and 5 police officers murdered. Micah used tactics learned in the military to deal a death blow, leaving children without fathers, parents without their sons, and wives without their husbands. It was reported by David Brown a Black Police Chief from Dallas, that Micah wanted to kill white people, white police officers, and he had bombs planted. The Dallas Police Department tried to negotiate, but in the end used a robot to blow Micah up. This too is tragic. All of those lives lost including Micah’s it’s so sad.

But, here we are in 2016. I spoke to 10 of my African-American male relatives, and I ask them, have you ever been stop by the police? And, if so did you feel it was it justified. My relatives live in big cities, and some smaller cities, they live or lived in cities like Houston, Chicago, Ardmore, Los Angeles, Dallas, all over. But, they all had been stopped. Some of them had been stopped for speeding, and they were okay with that. However, what they weren’t okay with was getting pulled over in Delaware for no apparent reason, being questioned like a criminal and then the Officer when he finished harassing him, walking away like that was okay. They’re not okay with they fit the description of robbery suspects, or they look suspicious, or getting followed home and harassed in their own driveway, a “You fit the description.” These are professional guys, not bangers. Each time these Black Men know these traffic stops can go bad. This is not new, it just won’t stop. So, Black parents before they give their sons the keys, they are usually giving them the talk. These are the reasons for the other great divide. Something is very wrong when men of all walks of life are constantly being profiled, and stopped and checked, and slammed on top of hoods, suspected of this and that, and more and more MURDERED because, they were selling loosies, CDs, are they fit the description, or just walking, or just driving, because they are African-American. And I’m not going to put the N.Y. Overseers’ name in my post, but trust and believe we do address Black on Black crime.

However, we work and pay taxes, taxes that probably pay your salary for you to “Protect and to Serve,” so I don’t think it’s too much to ask that you don’t kill us! In school believe or not they told us that if we ever got in trouble to find a police officer, we learned about the constitution and our inalienable rights that don’t seem to apply to us.

Most Americans are tired of all the senseless killings. The Black Lives that you take without seemingly a second thought, hurt real people. Family, Commuity we cannot become that we profess to be against. Police officers to please take time to get to know the people in the community you serve. You’ll find great people live there!

South Carolina Actually Holds Officer Accountable for His Actions

A police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed African American man while the he ran away. Shooting someone has always been considered cowardly. It’s frightening to think that he is a trained officer, 33 years old, not small at all in stature could not take down a fifty-year old suspect.
The cop was White and the man that was murdered was Black. It’s almost seems like the Klan have police uniforms now. Officer Slager actually looks around after he kills Mr. Scott like did anybody see me. 5 shots, 4 in the back and one grazed his ear. I am frightened for Black men. It’s sad we represent 13% of the population, the murders of African-American men to any other race of men is ridiculous. The reason South Carolina Authorities doesn’t have a situation like Ferguson, New York, or Los Angeles right now is they at least acknowledged what they saw with their eyes on tape. Justice has to be for EVERYBODY. And the police as much as I try to respect the job they have to do, cannot be above the law they are sworn to uphold. Adjustments to the psychological testing need to be made, some type of screening to determine if they can be in a position that has that type of power. L.A. we see this type of treatment of minorities in the streets everyday, what do you think. Say Something L.A.

Black Life Matters: Protest Death by Police

No charges will be filed, No Indictment. Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, Luis Rodriguez all unarmed Black men that died at the hands of the police in just the last 3 to 4 months.

Ferguson – Mike Brown: Dorian Johnson, Michael Brady, Piaget Crenshaw, Tiffany Mitchell, Phillip Walker, Emanuel Wilson all told similar stories. Struggle at the car, a shot fired at the car, he runs shots continue, he stops turns around hands up, shots continue until he is dead. Darren Wilson, no charges, grand jury will not indict. Dorian Johnson says he did not reach for the officers gun at all. Construction worker in a recording obtained  by CNN says “He had his f*ck!n hands up.”

L.A. – Ezell Ford: An unarmed Black man dies at the hands of police. Reported to have been shot three times in the back by L.A.P.D on a “investigative stop.” This happened just days after the Mike Brown shooting in August, but for some reason the autopsy has not been made available to the public.

Staten Island – Eric Garner: Dies for supposedly selling “loosies” according to the police. Now in a recording by a citizen it was said he had just broken up a fight. And you see Eric a big guy surrounded by at first 2 then 3, 4, 5 officers. Daniel Pantaleo goes behind Mr. Garner and gets him in chokehold (that is against department policy). The 3 to 4 officers take him to the ground and Pantaleo continue to put pressure around his neck and minutes later he’s dead. Pantaleo quote: It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner.” If that is the case then why did you not let up on the pressure when you and fellow officers were on his back. The media keep saying how big he was, but he is on the ground and everyone can hear his dying words. “I can’t breath.”

South Carolina – Lemar Johnson: State trooper – Stops dude for no seatbelt, and ask for his license and registration. Lemar turns to comply. And officer Sean Groubert snaps and as Lemar turns around starts shooting. He shot at bro four times, and what are there like six shots in the gun. Luckily for Lemar, trooper Groubert is not that great of a shot, and he was shot but he survived. But South Carolina got it right, that let Groubert’s stupid ass go.

I know there are some good police officers out there. It’s rare that we in the Black and Brown Community get to see you, but we know you’re there. And I know your job is hard, but this is the job you signed up for, not every black man you see is out to do something criminal. The American people pay your salaries and we want you to uphold the law. We are not interested in criminals getting away with breaking the law. But stealing or selling a cigarettes is not a crime punishable by death. These men are not above the law, but then neither are you. Regards to the young people of all colors who are continue to protest and demand justice. Black Life Matters. Say Something L.A. It’s too much, and something has to change.