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On Ferguson, Missouri, And Micheal Brown.

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Once again, a young black man is killed by a white police officer, and once again, that police officer is cleared of any charges. Sound familiar? It should: It’s an act that gets repeated over and over through out the annals of American History.  Some of the killings may be justified, most are more likely not. In just about every case I am certain that due diligence in the ensuing investigation was not performed. It’s just another black man taken off the streets: A black man who was most certainly a hard core criminal, am I right? We’ll never know because Michael Brown was never given a chance to tell his side of the story. Darren Wilson was the judge, jury, and executioner in this case, and apparently a white officer of the law can behave as Judge Dredd toward people of color with impunity. How does a grand jury not indict? What compelling evidence was introduced that impeded further scrutiny? I don’t blame anyone for being hurt and angry.

I don’t condone violence. I certainly don’t condone the decimation of neighborhoods and family owned businesses. On the surface, these are senseless acts, much like the acts of police brutality that are routinely performed across the country. However, I can’t say as I blame anyone. You can only hold a being down for so long before that being tries to get up. Anger can only be held in check for a short amount of time before it furiously bubbles to the surface and spews into the air like water from a geyser. It’s human nature: It’s fight or flight, and in this case a lot of people across the country are choosing to fight. It’s horrifying, and I wish it to stop, but it’s a natural reaction to an unjust circumstance.

People of color are tired. Tired of being afraid of the police. Tired of the profiling, the beatings, the shooting of their own with very little recourse.  Hell, I’m a white man, and I’m afraid of the police. I can’t even begin to imagine the fear that a black man experiences whenever an interaction occurs with a man in blue. Innocent or guilty? How do we know? It’s not as if proper investigations are performed. Most cases are dismissed and dropped like dirty laundry.

I don’t have the answers: I wish I did. However, I do know this: Until racism is completely eradicated like the plague it is, until every act of police violence is given complete and utter scrutiny, until racial profiling is stopped, people of color are going to be afraid and angry. Furious at a judicial deck that is overwhelmingly stacked against them. Because of this, there will be many more Fergusons, there will be many more LA’s and Detroit’s and Cincinnati’s. Violence will be answered with violence.

It hurts me to the core to even think about it.

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  1. Sedate Me
    November 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Ever since 2001 (and before that, to be honest) anyone with a badge & gun can get away with literally anything, even cold blooded murder…of anyone other than another cop or a person that actually matters to those that matter. Even getting caught red handed is no guarantee anything will be done. Usually, the absolute worst that happens is they get fired.

    These motherfucking pigs in Ferguson are a perfect example. A cop shot an unarmed dude. Not only did the department defend him, they proceeded to smear the victim’s name by releasing a completely irrelevant video. When this didn’t sit well, they shot, gassed & harassed people and reporters covering the story. Now the shooter isn’t even going to trial? What the fuck??? In my jurisdiction, if I shot somebody, even if they had a gun & were robbing me, I’d be put on trial. No doubt at all. Dude here went on trial recently for just tackling a guy robbing his store and pinning him down. But the cops??? They can chop a guy up, put him in a blender, and sell him as a smoothie on E-bay and just get suspended with pay.

    But how fucking stupid are the people on the Grand Jury? Even if you think the guy is completely justified, you still send him to trial anyway. He’ll get off and nobody else will get killed, or have their property burned, in the meantime. Although, considering how the Ferguson Pig Department has acted, its entirely possible these Grand Jurors got offers they couldn’t refuse

    After Toronto G20, I lost all -and I mean ALL- respect I ever had for the police as a group. (I always give individual cops the chance to prove me wrong.) But on the whole, they are lazy, corrupt, overpaid (in my neck of the woods) nazi-wannabees. They’re doughnut eating motherfuckers, who only get erect when doing something that can get them on the front page, or while beating some hippie into a coma in order to defend the interest of the 1%. I can’t tell you how many times bike thefts, shoplifting, drug deals, minor assaults, drunk driving, or basically anything that won’t make the news, or requires ANY amount of effort, just gets ignored in my town. But show up to political demonstration and you get the shit beat out of you AND get charged for the privilege.

    So, since I’m an old school muthafucka, I’ll let NWA say it for me

    At least Rodney King got his day in Kangaroo Court. These days, it seems you can’t even get that. Speaking of Rodney King, a Lot of tech-enthralled folks delusionally think more cameras are the answer. There are literally hundreds of thousands cop brutality videos on the Internet. Yet the time it takes to watch them is probably a hundred times longer than the combined sentence of the officers involved. The problem is not a lack of evidence. The ONLY problem is the lack of will to do anything about it.

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    • November 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

      That, my friend, is an epic rant. No wonder your one of my favorite commenters. I couldn’t agree more.

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      • Sedate Me
        December 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

        And you’re one of the few that appreciate my comments. Of the few that did appreciate them, some of them eventually stopped being appreciative. But most have either disappeared (Suicides? Drone strikes?) or have been sucked up by the mental quicksand that is Loserbook and The Twit Zone. (I “just say no” to those toxic drugs.)

        Then again, I am a self-righteous, asshole who likes the sound of his voice, so it’s easy to understand why I’m not the most popular kid on the Intertubes.

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  2. Sedate Me
    December 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Not that I’m inciting violence, vandalism, or anything…Just hypothesizing.

    But in the land of the 2nd Amendment, is a few matches the strongest tool in the protesters’ arsenal? I mean, does nobody have an AR15 anymore??? No RPGs? No way of -oh lets say- launching ordinates at empty cars parked at the Ferguson station house?

    Perhaps it’s time shit got real. Perhaps some pigs need to be told who writes their pay-cheques. Perhaps the dog needs to show the tail who wags who.

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  3. January 11, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I couldn’t agree more, with both of you. We definitely have an oversight problem when it comes to the police as well as an over-militarization problem. it’s not like these issues recently developed either. The police being viewed as an occupying force in poor and minority communities has been an issue for a long time; it served as one of the main factors leading Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to form the Black Panther Party for Self Defense back in ’66.

    Report after report issued by the government or anyone else once these issues boil over and come to a head has documented the need for more community oversight of the police force being necessary to repair that relationship between the police and the communities they are supposed to be serving, yet we continue to ignore these recommendations, or merely pay them lip service, preferring to revisit them the next time these very same issues arise, which they inevitably will, like right now.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Great point. However, it does not even seem as there is an out cry for the police to repair relationships with communities any more. Today, these tradedies take place, and all the police can do is condemn those who would dare to speak out. It’s as if we were back in Alabama during the sixties.

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      • January 12, 2015 at 2:02 pm

        Yeah I thought the “wartime” statement made by the President of the police union after those two cops were killed was pretty intense. And the way that anyone who was against the protests to begin with immediately turned to the protests being to blame for those two officers being killed…

        I mean I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any stretch of the imagination, buuuut those two cops being murdered completely took away all the momentum of the protests.

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      • January 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

        But yeah, the notion that by protesting police misdeeds, and lack of accountability the protesters were somehow condoning violence against the police was stretching it pretty far.

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