Activism

Police brutality & accountability by Patrick Vinson

Patrick the Progressive here with another opinion piece for Berning Media Network! In this piece I will be going over police brutality, how many have died, and possible solutions for Police brutality.  Let’s go over a few instances real quick on ways you could die while around an officer of the law.

Run, you die = Walter Scott

Stay & get arrested, you die = Freddie Gray

Lay down while handcuffed, you die= Eric Harris

Fight back, you die= Trayvon Martin

Mind your business, you die= John Crawford   

Put your hands up, you die= Mike Brown

Proclaim your innocence, you die= Eric Garner

Getting Married, you die= Sean Bell

Pants sagging, you die= Ervin Edwards

Beg for your life, you die= Edric Bartee

Just alive at 12, you die= Tamir Rice

Being outside, you die= Rekia Boyd

Driving with family, you die= Philando Castile

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In the last 12 years, more than 2,000 people have died to police brutality. These are people that get to keep their badge, some stripped of them and fired but still able to get on a force in other cities or states. In America, we have a public servant position that relies on over masculine sociopaths that are looking for people to control, with no accountability behind them. Yes we have body cameras, but some states are trying to keep the footage to private eyes only and not release it to the public. In times when people are calling for more accountability, they give us the chance and then still manage to jack it up. Let’s take a look at police killings by America’s largest police departments, this chart was in 2015 as there were a lot of mixed numbers for 2016.

 

Some of the key findings in the study were:

 

 

  • Police killed at least 102 unarmed black people in 2015, nearly twice each week.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police were identified as unarmed, though the actual # is likely high thanks to under reporting
  • 37% of unarmed people killed by police were black, despite blacks being only 13% of the US population.
  • Only 10 of 102 cases in 2015 where and unarmed black person was killed by police resulted in officers being charged with a crime, and only 2 of these deaths resulted in officers being convicted.
  • 1 of the 2 officers convicted for their involvement in the Matthew Ajibades death received jail time. He was sentenced to only 1 year in jail. On top of it only being 1 year, he also only had to serve on the weekend.

 

 

So it’s sad to say, but it’s a reality that police brutality has become a daily thing. No matter the state or city, there’s some sort of wrong going on. We have to smother out the “code of silence” and force them to be accountable or get another profession.If you are failing to serve and protect the community, then that community is better off without you. Let’s take a quick look at the current policing style we see here in America.

 

Community subjected to authority and has no say;

 

  • Representative with short term goals
  • Need to make difference in crime #’s
  • Tasks police w/ lowering crime #’s
  • Police fight crimes(the system, not the cause)
  • Investigate details of crime & imprison people
  • Place into systems that worsens the causes of crime
  • Crime goes up and remains neglected

 

 

This is exactly why our justice system is as messed up & broken as it has become. Well did you know that 50% of all prisoners end up back in prison 3-5 years after being released, according to the Bureau of Justice. This is because we aren’t trying to train or help them while they are in prison. We could be having classes and teaching these people real skills to become active members of our society so they don’t have to go back to the life of a criminal. In America, to many people have been left behind and forgotten. Now let’s go and see how policing should be done with Civilian Lead Policing.

 

Community Direction & Accountability

  • Invested community board with long term goals
  • Need to make difference in quality of life
  • Tasks police with serving & protecting the community
  • Police fight the causes of crime, viewing symptoms as prevention failures.
  • Investigate why crimes occur & fight to imprison those things
  • Increased resources to fight next mission
  • Crime goes down but new challenges for the future always arise

 

Now when looking at the two charts side by side; Current vs Civilian lead, I definitely know I like the sound of the Civilian lead policing more. Having a dedicated board of people from these neighborhoods holding these police accountable and ensuring the proper handling of crimes is done.This is the exact type of police reform our country needs to see in such times we are living in. There is nothing wrong with asking for police accountability, unless they have something to hide.

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So to wrap this up let’s hit some quick facts about the US “Justice” system.

 

  • The US accounts for 5% of the world population, yet houses 25% of the world’s prison population
  • 1 in 15 black men are behind bars
  • 1 in 13 blacks aren’t able to vote
  • Arrests of blacks on drug charges are 2.8 to 5.5 times higher than white adults. Despite them having similar usage rates.
  • And finally, the US taxpayers pay a yearly $69 BILLION to maintain the broken prison system.

 

 

Once again, I’m Patrick the Progressive and this has been my opinion piece over police accountability. Please make sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter & Sound Cloud. Also Like Berning Media & Patrick the Progressive on Facebook for all your updates.

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