Castile’s killer, a Minnesota police officer, was found not guilty on
Heaggan-Brown’s killer, a former Wisconsin
police officer, was found not guilty on all counts.
Crutcher’s killer, an Oklahoma police officer, was found not guilty
on all counts.
again, three more young black lives ended far too soon by police.
police officer is a dangerous job. I certainly couldn’t do it and I
don’t envy those who do. Besides the danger that they willingly put
themselves in, they also endure stress and disrespect beyond imagination.
We should do better at caring for the physical, emotional and mental
well-being of our officers.
being said, it is far more dangerous, stressful and life-threatening for
simply being black in America – something that, unlike a police
office, an African-American does not willingly choose.
choose the perils and stress of police life, but all of those young black
people murdered by police officers, do not choose to be black. Now, I
know that this is a simplification on my part. I can’t get away with
saying that these people were shot only because they were black,
but we can’t stick our heads in the sand and think for a moment that
had they been white, they’d probably still be alive today.
bothered that three more black people were killed by police AND I’m
more bothered that those officers will suffer no retribution for murder.
Too many young black people are being killed by police. Something needs to
be done – now! The problem is systemic and has existed for
centuries. It won’t be resolved tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean
we can’t live and act in ways that envision the hope that it might.
We need to live God’s commandment: God’s will being done “on earth as it is in heaven.”
WE NEED TO LIVE ‘HEAVEN’ HERE AND NOW.
do we fit into this problem? What can we do? Part of what
we can do is acknowledge that there is a systemic problem and recognize
how we play a role (willingly or otherwise) in it.
2012, the following men and women died at the hands of police officers. We
can start by remembering them and what the world has lost.
Freddie Gray (spine was
broken by officers when being placed in custody)
Walter Scott (shot in the
back; stopped for a broken taillight)
Eric Harris (shot by officer
who thought he was just “tazing” the
Tony Robinson (shot 3 times)
Phillip White (died in
police custody, likely mental illness)
Jerame Reid (multiple shots)
Rumain Brisbon, (one fatal shot)
Tamir Rice (12 years old holding a toy gun, one fatal shot)
Akai Gurley (one fatal shot;
officer was convicted of 2nd degree manslaughter)
Tanisha Anderson (died after
head slammed into concrete; suffered from schizophrenia & bipolar)
Dante Parker (died from
effects of being repeatedly tazed),
Ezell Ford (shot 3 times
– once in the back, suffered from mental illness)
Michael Brown (one fatal
John Crawford III (one fatal
Eric Garner (choked to
Dontre Hamilton (shot 14
times; suffered from schizophrenia)