Mike Brown. Laquan McDonald. Freddie Gray.
It’s common knowledge American police departments and police sympathizers are very hypersensitive to any criticism of the execution of police protocols. Crime has surged in Ferguson, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois and Baltimore, Maryland, with no chance of slowing down after the massive public outcry from high-profile police brutality cases. Is this a coincidence, diminished respect for the law or is something else sinister at play?
Law enforcement is still a white male dominated profession, which we know has been infiltrated by white supremacists and white supremacist sympathizers throughout the years. These powerful, influential individuals have a real stronghold in our society and are heavily protected by their police unions. They are so used to unchecked, unchallenged discretion at the highest levels that even being questioned regarding their behavior and actions makes them feel “underseige.”
As a result, police have since presented citizens of these high crime areas with a choice. They can have barbaric, inhumane policing or they can have no policing whatsoever, even if their tax dollars are still paying police salaries. Apparently, there is no appetite for keeping communities safe AND holding police accountable for unethical or criminal behavior. Normally, I would say it’s time to bring in the feds to investigate whether police are actually retaliating against those they swore to protect and serve over public outcry and accusations of police brutality by purposely falling back in their police duties, but I don’t expect a DOJ headed by Jeff Sessions to get to the bottom of this issue at all. We’d have better odds with the lottery. My hope is the mainstream media and/or any whistleblowers will come forth and shed light on this issue. A rogue police force is truly no police force and a danger to all citizens. Let me explain why.
James Edward “Pop” Pough was an African-American spree killer, who, on June 18, 1990, killed nine people and wounded four others in a GMAC car loan office in my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, before committing suicide. The day before, Pough murdered a prostitute and her pimp, wounded two teenagers, and robbed a convenience store in the city’s urban core. The very next day, Pough carried out what was the deadliest mass shooting committed by a lone gunman in Florida history. The GMAC spree shooting which also claimed the life of the wife of a police detective was surpassed by Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016, which claimed 49 lives.
I was about 12 years old at the time of the GMAC spree shooting and I later learned the shooter didn’t live very far from me. I recall members of the African-American community expressing outrage that had police investigated crimes within black communities with the same level of enthusiasm as they did those in the suburbs, this particular attack could have been prevented. To this day, I am still of this sentiment.
This is why we must demand more accountability from our paid public servants or help them exit this line of work.