It’s not the police who need to be retrained, it’s the public. We have grown into a mouthy, cell phone wielding, vulgar, uncivil society with no personal responsibility and the attitude of ‘it’s the other person’s fault’, ‘you owe me’. A society where children grow up with no boundaries or knowledge or concern for civil society and personal responsibility.
Oh hell no Police need to be retrained all the time, to say that Police do not need to be retrained is just as ignant as the public being ignant! It is funny as hell to me when folk point out what black folk do when I was first turned on to vulgar music blasting in a car beside me at a stoplight and in the car was a WHITE BOY! Tell me how you can incorporate “you owe me” into the any of the shootings that black, brown, white and other folk are uniting around saying enough is enough. These folk and I are not out to make it seem as it folk shouldn’t be responsible, we are just seeking justice.
When an officer says “Put your hands up,” then put your hands up! Don’t reach for something in your pocket, your lap, your seat. There’s plenty of reason for a police officer to feel threatened, there have been multiple assaults and ambushes on police officers lately. Comply with requests from the officer, have your day in court. Don’t mouth off, or fight, or refuse to comply… that escalates the situation.
I totally agree with all of that however some of this has happened with other folk that were not black and they are still living. We just want to all lives to be treated the same.
Police officers are our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. They’re black, white, brown, all colors, all ethnicities, all faiths, male and female, they are us. They see the worst side of humanity… the raped children, the bloody mangled bodies of traffic victims, the bruised and battered victims of domestic violence, homicide victims, body parts… day after day.
Now this is a bunch of b.s. because we are all connected to Police officers but they don’t see anymore than what we see. We see the same damn folk that they see. So are you saying they can’t handle seeing these things and if that be the damn case then they need to get out of policing.
They work holidays while we have festive meals with our families. They miss school events with their kids, birthdays, anniversaries, all those special occasions that we take for granted. They work in all types of weather, under dangerous conditions, for relatively low pay.
Who take these situations for granted? Hell they ain’t the only ones that work those kinds of hours. All folk that work a 1st shift job, it is difficult for many to be involved in their children school during the day and those who work nights are not home to help raise and/or be able to participate in their children activities.
They have extensive training, but they are human. When there are numerous attacks on them, they become hyper vigilant for a reason, they have become targets. When a police officer encounters any person… any person, whether at a traffic stop, a street confrontation, an arrest, whatever… that situation has the potential to become life threatening. You, Mr & Mrs/Miss Civilian, also have the responsibility of keeping the situation from getting out of control.
And they need to continue to participate in training. Ok they are human but that goes for folk too. Hell just like you feel they have become targets, some folk feel they have become targets as well. I agree everyone need to try to keep the situation from getting out of control.
Many law enforcement officers are Veterans. They’ve been in service to this nation most of their lives, whether on the battlefield or protecting us here at home. They are the only thing that stands between us and anarchy in the streets.
Okay so are we looking at whether they are a Veteran in these times and does it really matter?
If you want to protect your child, teach them respect.
I agree we need to teach children respect. But here is some more b.s. because these situations are not limited to children? How many of these cases were children so therefore you are just talking to be talking. We have a real serious issue here and we need to talk about it but what we don’t need is ignant conversation from folk who are trying to protect the police and/or folk. What the main thang need to be is to deal with what is fact and not what is perceived. We need to be demanding all of the facts be laid out such as all of the video cameras coverage especially that of the Police officers. Once the facts are laid out then folk can either accept it or be in denial. This is well peaceful protesters and folk of good will wants, “JUSTICE NO MATTER WHO IT IS FOR OR AGAINST!”
What folk need to understand is that there are Black Police officers so that they were Black before they turned Blue. What we ain’t talking about right now is the discrimination and mess that is going on inside the Police Departments across the nation.
Also what folk need to understand is some folk want to put all of the emphasis on situations where it appears Black folk are out of control but that problem I have with that is when you talk to me and folk like me who are not about that life, when we are talking about issues that are happening that are not negatively carried out, they want to put us in that category. For instance there are some situations where Black men are profiled and singled out and they have not done a damn thing but then they get caught up in mess because they stand up for their rights.
What I have been advocating for is during these times like now when folk are going down to Charlotte to PEACEFULLY PROTEST, that is fine. But for me I want to see some emergency meetings take place called by churches, organizations and other to talk about what is going on in Charlotte and across the nation to educate folk about the situation. Meetings need to take place to discuss these live situations to ask folk what they see in all of this from the community to Police Departments views.
It is Charlotte this week but it could be Edgecombe/Nash County next week and there has been no local discussion. But as soon as something happens the damn protests will began.
Well I am so glad I have been actively engaged in community activism since the late 80’s so I don’t get excited about today’s Protest because I have been there done that. I am excited about folk getting involved be it to support the Police or Black Lives. Well I am going to continue to do what I have been doing all of these years when I used to stand by myself sometime. So I am at the point now with my time that I have put in over the years, if I don’t do anymore, I have done my part.
I am going to continue to make people aware that as a Black Man I will continue to FIGHT FOR JUSTICE speaking out on issues in all areas of life.
Black Lives Matter!