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I hate to say it, but…(Not safe for work)

^^^ Fuck the police. (You guys got angry socially aware JG this week and I had to sneak this blog in) 

I’m so tired of hearing about someone dying at the hands of gun-happy police. 

This don’t even make any sense. Oscar Grant, III. Shot. Murdered. Killed. However you want to spell it. They say “maybe the cop was going for his taser,” or “maybe he was struggling and was a threat.” Yes. A man, face down, handcuffed, with another police officer kneeling on his neck is a threat. And if cops can’t tell the difference between a taser and a gun, we have some big problems on our hands. Bullshit. 

We’ve previously seen this happen in the case of Rodney King, and Sean Bell and plenty other deaths I’m sure that didn’t have the strength to make it to national media. History does repeat itself. 

Rodney King

While this following video was not the police particularly, it was the boot camp authority, and I’m sure they feel like the real police. In short, Martin Lee Anderson was sent to boot camp after being charged with stealing his grandmother’s car and causing an accident. Of course, in order to get the insurance to pay for her car she had to press charges. His mother chose to send him to boot camp close to her as opposed to a detention facility farther away. The result: Martin Lee Anderson was in the camp for 2 hours. After practically passing out from the rigorous exercises, he was beaten until he suffered brain damage and died on his way to the hospital. It was all caught on tape. The people involved were acquitted. Bullshit. And it happened in my hometown. There was a major cover up, I’ll post links below. 

It’s crazy. Honestly, I’ve seen a lot of video blogs about the Oscar Grant story and some make sense and some don’t. To a certain extent it’s a White on Black (or Brown) issue. A lot of the times we will see white cops committing the brutality on some unarmed person of color innocent or not. Other times the cops involved are of all races. When Black goes Blue someone loses. In the case of Martin Lee Anderson there was a black cop involved and they were quick to say that for that reason alone it wasn’t a race issue. And we agreed. We marched, some sat-in at the governor’s office, there were rallies, and people of all races were involved. It was a humanitarian issue. We cannot continue to treat people in society like this and still claim to be civilized.

The police do all sorts of helpful things, but they are losing their credibility and quickly. I witnessed a domestic abuse situation with my neighbors and called the police at the direction of my concierge. I wasn’t the only person that called the police in my building and the way they handled it was surprising. The guy apologized and left with the cops trailing and talking behind him, while he had a drink in his hand. I don’t have to tell you the people’s background involved. It would have been an entirely different story if there were different players. 

How am I supposed to feel safe when these moron’s are walking around with a utility belt that would make batman envious and they jump at every single noise? I commented on one of my Facebook statuses that I’m happy I live in a country where I can protest and speak out against my government and authority if I see the need to. But can I? Or will my attempts to speak out be met with a cop trying to grab his baton, but instead grabbed his glock, and popped a cap in my unarmed, poster carrying, should-have-kept-my-mouth-shut, ass. 

Will I fit some random description and have to take someone else’s bullet? It seems that no matter how hard you plead (in some videos you will see that Oscar Grant is attempting to cooperate) it will not stop the pull of the trigger. 

So what now? I saw a video blog in which the guy asked: “So when will black people stop letting the cops kill you for no reason?” I thought about this and thought to myself “Well, what CAN we do?” I mean the minute I look like I’m going to defend myself and grab my cell phone to record badge numbers, I’m meeting my maker.

So ranters, what can we do? 

J “power to the mother f’in people” G*

P.S. Please stop the riots. It doesn’t help our cause. Peaceful demonstrations only. 

Please contact the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and demand the arrest of the BART officer for the murder of Oscar Grant (510) 272-6222 or (510) 271-5157 fax.

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

 

Great link with other links to the Martin Lee Anderson Story

Link to Oscar Grant stories. 

Sean Bell links.

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9 Comments

  1. honey I feel your pain. the senseless violence only enrages people and when negative begets negative that’s where riots arise. when the law of an eye for an eye operates everyone ends up blind.

  2. Once again, the actions of the police don’t seem to amaze me at all. What’s even worst is that everytime something like this happens, it makes another generation afraid of the cops. My son used to wave at cops in our neighborhood when he saw them on the street or at the store, but now he just looks the other way.

    • Sowhatiff Jenkins
    • Posted January 12, 2009 at 9:34 am
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    wow. We were really on the same pissed off page huh?

  3. @ Akua blind… we’re past blind. We’ve eaten our eyeballs Andre Thomas Style (Google him)

    @ [Fung’ke] That’s a shame. But I’m glad he learned how to act around them. Waving may be mistaken for attempting to attack.

    @ Sowhatiff…LOL we really were.

  4. What do you guys think of perhaps more black people seeking gun ownership? Responsibly of course. I know it would be hard, but would that help? It seems like young black men of any background are being targeted no matter what, at least that way, they have some sort of defense?

    OH and.. there’s another.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/01/09/new.orleans.shooting/

  5. I totally agree, These Police shooting are getting ridiculous, People are going to start rebelling…

  6. @jg14: It’s truly hard trying to explain to a kid ‘good cop’ vs ‘bad cop’ when the only thing they see nowadays are the bad cops…

  7. @jg: I read abt the man who ate his eyeballs…im like since when do “us folks” strt doing crazy demented things like that? we’ve always been a very proud and up right race of folks. what happened? smh

  8. I live in Oakland and the shooting has been really tough on folks in the streets. People are angry and want justice. The police officer was recently charged, but most think that he will get off.

    For the first time, I’m not as angry. As someone who considers herself somewhat of a Black militant, I see this case and I’m not shocked, surprised or as angry as I used to be. Maybe I’ve seen it happen too damn much for it to move me like it moved the folks who decided to protest in the streets.

    It could be due to me thinking that the police officer really did make a mistake and think he was reaching for his taser. Many tasers resemble guns. And being that the cop was really BART police, and not officially part of the Oakland Police Department, makes me hesitant in screaming that this was a case of police brutality. PLUS, what cop would intentionally do this with all sorts of surveillance and hundreds of spectators (BART is full on New Years Eve), many with digital cameras, camcorders, and phones? If this had happened somewhere in the cut, then I’d think it was done maliciously, but it seems to me that it was an accident.

    That doesnt bring Oscar back though. And it doesn’t mean that the officer would probably have responded differently if Oscar were white.

    I just can’t believe this happened…especially in Black Panther country.


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