“I can’t breathe” is not a phrase we care to utter. Wearing its slogan protest T shirt is one that many would prefer not to wear … had the violence not taken place! The words signify disaster, trouble, and distress. It was a disgraceful tragedy when that phrase was initially uttered by Eric Garner to those who purportedly were there to protect. Conduct / actions administered by policemen were once again questioned! Thus, it begs to ask – Are policemen a necessary evil? Have we put policemen in the category of “Can’t live with them; can’t live without them!” For sure, we need policemen. They provide an essential service of protecting us and the communities in which we live and work. I don’t think that anyone would dispute that fact. What is at question here is how they exercise their duties, particularly when it relates to Black men. Just ask the families of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner; families who have lost their sons! Let’s not forget the family of Trayvon Martin when George Zimmerman was quasi patrolling as a neighborhood watch officer. For the record, let’s go back further to March 3, 1991 to the beating of Rodney King. Had the video not existed, would the veracity of the police officers involved in that severe beating ever been questioned? All of these shocking revelations of insensitivities by the “men in blue” are not new! They have existed for years in the Black communities. The only thing that can change is Us! We can change by what we do about this problem – going forward. The loss of lives is a blog post in “Stuff We Talk About” that unfortunately I wish that I didn’t have to write!
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