Although social distancing is heavily promoted all throughout the U.S, that didn’t stop a California officer from striking a fourteen year old black boy while he was pinned down. Video surfaced the internet while the cop tried to detain the boy because he was smoking a cigar. The boys sister shared the video on twitter and the video began to circulate getting the attention of authorities who stated the incident is “under review.” However, they also added that the boy was resisting arrest while the officer was trying to detain him. Although you can see in the video, the boy is lying on the ground while the officer is on top of him struggling to arrest him and punches the helpless teen. This is something America is all too familiar with, the boys in blue using their power to hurt instead of protect. Many blacks have lost their lives to the hands of the very people who are trained to protect and serve the communities but if you are black, protecting and serving doesn’t apply you pose a threat.
With technology and the easy access to mobile phones, police brutality have been caught on video more than we can remember. Although the boy was resisting, that does not give the officer the right to act in such fashion. We have somewhat become desensitized to the injustice against blacks. If you wear a badge and feel your life is threaten you can take the life of innocent people. You aren’t considered a murderer, you are just doing your job. Although you cops have taken the lives of unarmed blacks, they are welcome back on the force and back into the community with no sentence or accountability. We have seen countless cases such as the case of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Sandra Bland. The list goes on and cops are not prosecuted as a regular citizen would be if they would take someone’s life; their actions are justified and the victims family is left with grief and loss.
In the mist of this pandemic, there was another shooting caught on tape where an armed man happened to pace the streets with a gun and pointing it at officers. Officers repeatedly asked the suspect to drop the gun, he refused and continued to pace the streets while many people watched. Many witness were angry that the cops were being so patient with the guy yelling, “if he was black y’all would have been shot him.” Other witness screamed to cop to shoot the armed man. As he continued to carry the weapon, the police were left with no choice but to release fire.
We access the event above, a non-black man with a weapon walking the streets and pointing a firearm at officers several times before the officers fired. You look at the case of Michael brown of St. Louis Missouri who had his hands up and did not have a weapon and was murdered in cold blood. Why is it that cops react so quickly to shooting blacks even though they are unarmed or do not pose a threat?
In 2017 a Georgia cop pulled over a woman and was caught on dashcam stating “we only kill black people.” After the statement, the cop was subject to losing his job but requested retirement which was honored and led to no disciplinary action for the statement.
It is evident that the justice system does not apply to you if you are black or brown. If you are wearing a badge you have the right to take a life and keep you freedom and job. It is clear that racism plays a role in our justice system. We look at Mohammed Noor the somalian officer of Minneapolis who killed a white woman was the first to be convicted of murder for an on duty killing. We ask if the woman Mohammed killed was black would he had been convicted, or if Mohammed was a white officer would the circumstances been the same?
Dr. Martin Luther King and many other civil right activist fought for equality and though America is not as segregated as it once was racism still exist.