Like Eric Garner, this man was strangled to death by white cops for a misdemeanor crime. If you are a citizen in America–and especially if you are black–you could lose your life simply for demanding your rights. Here’s another example of poorly trained police officers who refuse to defuse a situation. Instead they behave like thugs because a black man dares question their authority.
This is what law enforcement has become in America. It is the worst kind of thuggish behavior. Not the actions of those who entrusted to serve and protect. This is the kind of brutality we see in so-called third world countries and dictatorships:
Marco Zepeda, a blind man was using the bathroom when he was attacked by a police officer. He just came out of nowhere,” Zepeda said. Zepeda said he was using his fingers to look around for urinal when the police officer shoved him back. “He grabbed and he screamed at me ‘I told you I was the police.’ But he never did it. I swear to God he never did it,” Zepeda said.
I’m afraid that my life will end at the hands of either a jittery (or downright racist) cop or some rightwing nut job. While that may have been a probability all along, when the President of the United States advocates for the brutality of its citizens, and Michele Bachmann, a woman in his inner circle, spouts racist rhetoric to her GOP base and she has a legitimate chance at becoming Minnesota’s next governor (she was already a U.S. Representative), well the probability has increased to a likelihood.
This could be another example of the kind of lack of training that is all too common in law enforcement in America. This madness has to stop:
Three sources with knowledge of the incident said Sunday that two officers in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, sources said. No weapon was found at the scene.
In the sweltering heat, hundreds gathered in front of the National Rifle Association on Friday to tell the gun lobby “no more”.
“I’m here to say to you to those across the street, ‘we’re not trying to take your guns away’. We’re saying, ‘don’t use them against people who are standing up even for your life,’” Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March said.
Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and other organizers of the Women’s March rallied in front of the NRA before starting a 17-mile march to the Department of Justice. The march comes after officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Philando Castile.