End Police Brutality and Violence Against BIPOC in the USA

End Police Brutality and Violence Against BIPOC in the USA

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An Open Letter to District Attorney Mike Freeman & my Fellow Americans:

We are here today because we as a society have arrived at an unavoidable ethical crossroads. It has become abundantly clear that a man named George Flloyd did not deserve to die in the custody of law enforcement. There is no sanctioned police academy in America training officers to kneel on someone’s neck to subdue them. The police are supposedly trained extensively on how to avoid seriously injuring a person while restraining them, and I can guarantee you that not one of those officers was ever officially trained to strike a person in the neck or choke them. This is known as a sure way to murder a person. The police say that they are taught that when you have someone in your custody, you are responsible for their safety and well being. They say that this “highly specialized” training they receive directs them to immediately search a suspect that they arrest in the prone position before they are supposed to then move them to the side or a seated position in a timely manner, because the risk of positional asphyxiation is so great. It is allegedly a vital topic to police training that you never place any sort of weight on a subject in the prone position. We are asked by our government to trust and obey the police, who are supposed to be taught that when a suspect says they can't breathe, you believe them and you take measures to correct it. 

The man who murdered George Flloyd must have missed this extensive training, yet he graduated the police academy wearing a badge of honor to uphold and was sent out into that community armed with a deadly weapon and the authority to use it. Officer Chauvin took it upon himself to invoke his white privilege and abuse the power that we as a society entrusted him with and he murdered an unarmed black civilian in cold blood. The white man who murdered George Flloyd may have put his knee to George’s neck, but he may as well have used his bare hands. Or tied a noose tightly around his neck and hung him in a tree, for all the world to see.

Watching the clear, long-lasting, and devastating footage of George Flloyd’s brutal murder is a heartwrenching atrocity and the biggest embarrassment to policing I have ever witnessed in my adult life. I am shook by the visible lack of standard training, common sense, and most importantly: the sheer void of basic human decency displayed in the actions of Officer Chauvin and his fellow officers. 

We, as an American people, have just witnessed a public lynching and the men who did it did not face appropriate consequences for their abhorrent and sociopathic behavior. They were not immediately jailed by the Minneapolis District Attorney Mike Freeman or condemned by the President of the United States. Let the implications of that sink in for a moment. This was a clear and present threat of violence to POC across our nation.

As if this kind of brutality wasn’t already among the most disturbing realities we face as a nation already in crisis mode, the even more deeply chilling part to me are the complicit by-standing officers who knew they were being recorded and still did nothing. They feel untouchable and this should disturb you as a vulnerable civilian. They are also responsible for the death of this man. It is apparent that the endemic issue here is not even simply that of race but of all forms of fear-based hatred itself. No one, not even little boys and girls, are safe from this type of insidious and archaic institutional bigotry.

When another human being tells you that they cannot breathe, you believe them. George and countless other brown and black men and women, sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters have been murdered in cold blood and if there isn't hell to pay with this amount of irrefutable and clearly documented evidence, then civil unrest and peaceful protest are absolutely justified and necessary. We need to lead fight to end police brutality in our country now.

I urge those of you out there who endeavor to fight fire with fire to listen to me when I implore you from the bottom of my heart to understand that only Love can destroy hate. 

I am pleading with you, our white allies, the good guys, the heroes, our friends and family in the police force: If there is any moment in American history for the righteous officers in law enforcement to take a serious step back and reflect on what exactly it is that you do for a living, who exactly you work for and fraternize with, and the nature of the role that you play in the prosperity of this country: this is it. This is the crossroad where you actively choose which side of justice you stand on. You sure as shit have met your share of racists wearing a badge and there is no oath you can take that would make you less complicit in allowing these so called “bad apples” to destroy the faith and trust you attempt to build with us in our communities. You can’t just aim to get rid of the bad apples, you need to throw out the whole barrel they came in. You took an oath to uphold the rule of law, which must absolutely apply to those who are entrusted to enforce the law itself.  We need to see more police officers break the toxic code of dishonorable conduct that empowers officers to feel above the law. We the people that you are here to serve and protect deserve to know what is happening in the shadowy culture of law enforcement that keeps producing officers like this who make the already difficult job of policing significantly harder than it has to be for all of us? 

Why take by force what you can be granted with love and humanity?

There was never any excuse for this kind of violence and injustice in our nation. We must not let the universal civil rights movement die in the darkness of our own inaction. How many more shootings and rapes and murders and lynchings and completely fucking senseless tragedies due to the gross negligence of unworthy, evil public servants must we bear witness to?

I will not rest knowing that George Flloyd died in vain. May his soul rest in peace. May yours be spurred to action in the defense of liberty and justice for all mankind.

Thank you for your time. 

Love will light the way,