Law Dictionary: What Is Police Brutality?
“What is the definition of police brutality? Police brutality is the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians. “Excessive use of force” means a force well beyond what would be necessary in order to handle a situation. Police brutality can be present in a number of ways. The most obvious form of police brutality is a physical form. Police officers can use nerve gas, batons, pepper spray, and guns in order to physically intimidate or even intentionally hurt civilians. Police brutality can also take the form of false arrests, verbal abuse, psychological intimidation, sexual abuse, police corruption, racial profiling, political repression and the improper use of Tasers.”
Let me think… killing Mike Brown, with twelve shots at a minimum; that’s not police brutality……. No!?? But he allegedly stole a few cigarillos….. a major danger to society………ooooooh!!! Darren Wilson escalated the situation and killed Mike Brown.. just like zimmermann did with Trayvon Martin and murdered him.
Choking Eric Garner to death with a unauthorized choke hold while being held down by a minimum of six police officers while he gaspedfor his life…..But wait!!! Those other officers…did they “protect and serve”??….. will they be charged for participating, with dereliction of duty??? …. but wait….he allegedly was selling loose cigarettes…. Oh what a danger …….. ooooooo!!! Should he have to die for an alleged petty crime that injures no one, NO ONE?? Why not write a citation and go on about doing real police work; work that citizens pay you to do… We must expect more from these officers than blind vigilante tactics.
We can talk all we want but until we demand that police officers use sensible discretion, things will not change. Police Departments will have to want to change; but to do so, they need to admit that they need to improve their relationships with their communities. They need to stop looking at communities of color as their enemies. They need to get to know the community they are chosen to serve, not look at that community as a combat zone and that they are there to control and conquer the inhabitants.
Tamir Rice was playing with the toy gun when he was killed by the police as they pulled up to the boy and shot him dead…….. was he danger??? Oh, he was playing…can’t do that in public!!!!
Sean Bell was killed by police as he complied with another officer’s request to move his car…. Oh, he was a danger at ten miles an hour, in his car……
Akai Gurley was shot and killed in a darkened project hallway on Brooklyn, New York, supposedly by a rookie cop… accidentally…just going to his girlfriend’s apartment….. I see no danger there.
If you are old, white and conservative, you think “That Black kid was wrong! I never have a problem with the police, they’re nice and they call me, “Sir”, so what’s the problem?”
The problem is, white cops keep shooting Black young men, pure and simple. Caught on camera, the same week Mike Brown was murdered, an evidently mentally challenged Black man was shot and killed in Ferguson for waving a small knife, not calming tactic by police.. just shoot; after all you got McCulloch, your lone ranger….. to save your ass!!
Two Saratoga Springs, Utah police officers fired a total of seven shots, hitting Darrien Hunt, 22, six times because he was carrying a fake sword he was thinking about buying from a store — at least once in the back as he ran away. They were cleared by the prosecutor.
“Get your driver’s license.”, one Black man was told by a passing white trooper, while sitting in his pickup truck……not driving, not moving, no violation…. just sitting… not smoking weed…. just sitting…..
He complies, gets out of his vehicle, only to be shot several times… good thing this trooper was so f**king scared of one lone Black man, who was minding his own damn business, the trooper could not shoot straight and only wounded the man, not killing him.
You want to quote the law and say all these shooting were lawful; well, you are lying.
It is an abuse of power, police brutality and a violation of these young men’s civil rights at the very least. Prosecutors are not doing their jobs, representing the victims, here. They are representing the murderers…not their responsibility; and hide behind the cloak of secrecy via grand juries, not asking those juries to deliberate on a whole host of appropriate charges, but telling juries why they should not indict. They need not present grand juries as trial juries, judging guilt or innocence, but they do, for they have found a loophole and they are flying through it joyfully.
Let’s push for a Special Federal Prosecutors in cases involving police shootings. Have a list of investigatory protocols that an assigned adjoining city or jurisdiction or district would have to follow in gathering (testimony, eyewitnesses, crime scene photos, forensics, autopsies, etc. for each police shooting, evidence that they would turn over to the F B I. Let the FBI investigate/ review every shooting, and recommend charges, not local authorities. Let’s abolish grand juries in police wrongdoing, in every case; let the State Attorney handle all other cases, except police shootings; let the Justice Department handle those cases.
Let’s advocate for new police training so the police learn how to diffuse a situation rather than escalate it. Get away from the “shoot“ mentality. They must learn how to evaluate every situation to protect and serve, not to perceive EVERY case involving Black people as a threat. It is a “mental race thing”, a kind of race paranoia to begin with. They should admit that as a first step. Maybe they should be mentally evaluated every eighteen months or so.
Charles Barkley says the police are our friends. Charles, they are not…. not all of them, not yet anyway…. They do not do what friends do… from a personal perspective, I could tell you……..
Now, do not get me wrong, all cops are not bad apples; but there are enough of them to taint the barrel. Men in blue, when you turn a blind eye to wrong-doing by your fellow officers and protect them from exposure, you are committing a crime, and you should be punished along with your criminal element. The “blue wall of silence” cannot be tolerated any longer….
There is a sign asking the public asking them to cooperate; “See something, say something.” You need to follow your mantra.
Enough said, I’m out!!!