Darren Wilson helps prove justice is an illusion in one hand, and a tool of oppression in the other.
Yes, Ferguson is about race, but the events are important for us all.
The reality of police getting away with murder makes me physically sick to my stomach. Is this what authority means?
The lack of accountability for police officers who murder “suspects” in the line of duty is shocking. The Washington Post reported in Sep, 2014,
“There is no reliable national data on how many people are shot by police officers each year.”
The lack of even tracking the number of deaths from police related shootings is frightening. Think about the quote that begins,
“…then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew…”
We all know how that quote ends. There is personal impact for each one of us when power is not held in check or accountable for it’s actions. This is where we are with the police force in the US, and many other countries around the world. Police no longer serve and protect the citizens.
Every person of color, every mental health patient, every innocent bystander, or petty criminal who faces the Badge has the potential to be snuffed on the spot. The police force can act as judge, jury, and executioner without legal repercussions.
When the law is unaccountable, we all have something to fear. The blatant disregard for justice and truth in Officer Darren Wilson receiving no charges in the murder of Michael Brown leaves no doubt about where we stand in the eyes of the law. We are expendable.
The police only need to demonstrate some threat, and the courts allow them to get away with murder. Maybe not all police, but when the judicial system is organised in an obviously unbalanced way, I find it difficult to see how the system does not support the killer cop mentality.
The justice system lies broken. The police who choose to use and abuse the systematic oppression written into law in the US do not see citizens as innocent until proven guilty. That privilege is gone. The citizens have become threats and targets in the reflection on the Badge.
What is the way forward?
The legal route has failed. Civil unrest only leads to a tighter crack down. Peaceful vigils are susceptible to provocateurs and agitators. Is there still time to try at legislation again?
The route forward will have to be new, uncharted. People are seeing how the system is abused by those who are supposed to uphold it.
How do we fix a culture that allows cops to kill indiscriminately?
Who among us knows what action to take?
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