The police shootings of Black men and Black women have become commonplace. There is no end to these tragedies in sight. Our America has become a shooting gallery, with those of us who pay a skin tax as the targets.
Is there no safe place for Black people to be?
Back in the day, our homes were our castles. They were places where we had fun, enjoyed having lots to eat and were safe. We took all three of these for granted.
Not today, especially if you are Black like me. Sad, but true, the police will shoot us inside of our homes, too.
Breonna Taylor, an African American woman, was shot and killed inside of her home by the Louisville Metro Police Department. She was shot eight times by law enforcement.
This criminal act, committed by the police, took place on March 13th. Attorney Benjamin Crump filed a lawsuit on April 27th. The lawsuit accused the police of wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence.
The city of Louisville recently reached a $ 12 million settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor. In addition, the City Council passed legislation to ban “no-knock” warrants.
There was a “no-knock” warrant used when the three police officers killed Breonna Taylor.
The City Council also unanimously passed legislation that mandates the police to wear body cameras when serving search warrants and to turn on the camera five minutes before beginning the operation. They also approved “Breonna’s Law” which is an ordinance that places a ban on “no-knock” warrants. The mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, signed the legislation immediately upon receiving it.
Attorney Crump said, “She was in her home doing absolutely nothing wrong.”
Unfortunately, we as African Americans can be doing everything right and still get killed. Just ask the family of Botham Jean.
Laws are needed to stop the widespread killing of Black people.
However, this statement carries no weight when the laws are not enforced, or are not on the books.
It can be debated that police are going around unchecked and uncontrolled. This must stop!
Banning chokeholds and outlawing “no-knock” warrants may be a start to a problem that has festered like an open wound for far too long.
In the minds of many – mine included – the police and\or legislators are instituting new laws, only after Black people have been killed. This reactionary type of policing is not going to work in the long run. Using a band-aid when surgery is required is not the answer.
Laws are made by human beings. When they are outdated, or are causing death and collateral damage, it is time to change them. Breonna Taylor’s killing and George Floyd’s killing forced laws to change.
The question is why does another Black person have to be killed for a law to be changed?
One of my good friends is a police officer and we were talking about what is happening in police departments across America. As a Black police officer, he thinks, like any organization, that there are some rotten apples within police departments. He says they just have not been exposed yet.
I believe his assessment is correct. Eventually, they will be identified and fired.
A pressing question at the inquiry desk is how long can police departments take this ongoing criticism and heat? Bad police are giving entire police departments a bad reputation.
For example, I would strongly suggest that the overwhelming majority of the police officers in Minneapolis and Louisville are good hardworking men and women. They are serving their communities well and doing what is right.
Police departments must find a way to push bad cops out of their departments. Right now, they are getting too much negative attention because of a few bad seeds.