Message to Certain Police Officers
Hi, I know there are good police out there who care about ALL people of any color and believe it's their job to protect all of us. I am not speaking to you in this post. I'm am speaking to the other police, those who are actively murdering black people, watching it happen and/or fostering a culture where it is acceptable to do so.
It is not acceptable for you to murder black people, allow black people to be murdered while you watch, or to foster the status quo by your active agreement or your failure to speak out against such actions. It is WRONG. I don't know what to say to make you get this. But it is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. You are no better than Hitler if you are this type of a police officer. You are actually NOT a police officer. You are being evil. A true police officer does not do what you are doing.
Here is a police officer's oath that I found on the internet. This is what is expected of a police officer. "On my honor, I will never betray my integrity, my character or the public trust.
I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always maintain the highest ethical standards and uphold the values of my community, and the agency I serve."
Black people are people. They are human beings. They are the same as you. Murdering one of them is the same as murdering your mom, your child or grandchild. Regardless of your personal beliefs regarding who is a "human" and who isn't, our constitution and subsequent legislation has recognized and agreed that people of all colors, races, creeds, sexual orientation/gender, etc. are human beings and should treated equally as citizens of the United States.
We do expect police officers to be noble human beings, above reproach. We expect them to maintain self-control even in the face of potential self-harm. We expect that elevated level of behavior from special groups like soldiers, firefighters, doctors, politicians. In those roles, we expect you to be the best of humanity, not the worst.
So you must "subdue" a potential criminal with minimal harm to them while protecting yourself. We do not expect them to shoot someone in the back seven times when a taser or a tranquilizer or just tackling them would serve. However, if you tackle them we do not expect that process to result in choking them to death. We expect you know how to subdue someone without killing them. We expect you to know how to deescalate a situation in most settings.
We expect you to protect all human beings, including black people, from harm and treat them with dignity and respect, even when your safety is at risk.
We do not give you permission to define who is human and not human.
We expect you to keep your oath.
We expect you to do your job.
If you cannot do this, then get out.