USA Today reported
FERGUSON, MO. — Attorney General Eric Holder flew to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday as the nation's chief law enforcement officer leading an investigation into a police shooting.
He also arrived as an African-American who said he understands the racial tensions that have fueled days of protests that have been marred by violence and mass arrests since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
"I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man," Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting. "I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. ... 'Let me search your car' ... Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me."
What a beautiful example of someone understanding the reality of unspeakable acts of violence and saying something about the situation. A trend amongst police and people of color; murder is not secret to anyone. From the people arrested by police that "disappeared" years ago to those who repeatedly are harassed and their last moments speaking the truth " I can't breathe" to those who are riddled with bullets without cause.
RIP Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, and the many others that suffered your same fate.
Reflection- Christopher Dorner, former police officer with the LAPD, (who snapped) stated in his manifesto
KTLA reported February 12, 2013, The Disturbing Manifesto of Christopher Dorner
"I’m not an aspiring rapper, I’m not a gang member, I’m not a dope dealer, I don’t have multiple babies momma’s. I am an American by choice, I am a son, I am a brother, I am a military service member, I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system............."
The manifesto of Christopher Dorner was filled with insight into the world of the blue shield:
"From 2/05 to 1/09 I saw some of the most vile things humans can inflict on others as a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the streets of LA. It was in the confounds of LAPD police stations and shops (cruisers). Those Caucasian officers who join South Bureau divisions (77th,SW,SE, an Harbor) with the sole intent to victimize minorities who are uneducated, and unaware of criminal law, civil law, and civil rights. You prefer the South bureau because a use of force/deadly force is likely and the individual you use UOF on will likely not report it."
There are no easy answers to fix this situation. There are good/great police officers that put their lives on the line everyday to serve and protect. They are the reason we can sleep easy at night knowing there is someone out there to tactically administer justice. There is also a history of police brutality resulting in the termination of lives before their time. There are too many wives and mothers crying tears and experiencing pain that can not be comforted. You can't argue self defense when shooting people in the back or several officers utilized to arrest one person.
"We will not go Back" a march scheduled in NY August 23rd is being held regarding the death of Eric Garner.
One thing is for sure there has to be a change and the change starts with recognizing, although you may not respect/like/fear a group of people, to decide to end lives at will is not an option. Every person is someone's son, daughter, mother, father, husband, wife, and a part of the human race.
As children we learned and sung songs that unfortunately does not hold true in society as adults. "Red or yellow, black or white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world." As teenagers and adults we understand and realize that racism and the blue shield can be a deadly combination.
Greetings, I don't know if I like the federal government getting involved merely because this case is politically charged and has a lot of light on it. If they are not able to intervene in all such cases and there are plenty of them out there, why this one? If there is reason to believe that the legal machinery process at the state and local level is tainted, then perhaps such intervention is necessary. I otherwise applaud the AG working within areas of his proper purview.
What is ironic at this point of the argument is that the States Attorney has been accused of having strong ties to law enforcement through his family and therefore deemed bias in the publics perception. Eric Holder comes flying into town and expresses his opinion based on his own life experiences and ethnicity. And this is supposed to be an insightful exploration of the facts.
It is the same all over this country as politics even invades the Supreme Court as justices have been appointed to judge impartially while holding extreme leanings according to their appointment.
That's a reality. For some people despite how you carry yourself, your level of education - you are still treated differently. To deny that is unrealistic. Just read books like: Black Like Me is a nonfiction book by journalist John Howard Griffin first published in 1961.
Reality is not something this country deals well with. We like to hear all the good things our country does, and it does do good in many instances. But the murky underbelly of its' workings tends to garner a deaf ear. Our foreign relations has been a total failure in just about every situation. How is it that most of the radical Muslims came about? With our support and ignorance. Just a look at the Taliban and "Wilson's War" is a prime example. Arm them but don't help them prosper through education and healthcare? There are too many instances of how we have screwed with foreign countries and their leadership that it will need a Hub, what I should say is volumes of books to explain. As far as the race issue. Who thought it was a good idea to buy people from slavers to work under deplorable conditions with no rights or freedoms? We did! Bad choices have their consequences.
Yes, I read that and saw the film, most revealing of racism and its subconscious effects.
Sadly, for as long as there are parents that teach racism, incidents like these will continue. I think all faiths, including the Christian faith (of which I a part) can learn from the inclusiveness of Buddhism. Faith should be focusing on unity and acceptance and doing good to all, regardless of race, creed, or color; rather than sow seeds of divisiveness.
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