- July 21st, 2014
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Violent crimes are up everywhere. Some crimes are so heinous that it barely seems like reality when you hear what happend. For that reason, I understand the apprehension of law enforcers. But should I be so understanding?
There’s a very fine and fickle line separating the actions of police officers that are warranted and those that warrant outrage. Such is the case in Staten Island where Eric Garner died while being taken into custody by officers. Perhaps the officers felt threatened. Maybe all four of them were threatened by Garner, who was large in stature, but surely not large enough to handle all four officers at one time.You know what though? Let’s just say for argument’s sake that he could have taken all four officers. I think it was apparent that he was taken down by only one officer who broke him down into a choke hold reminiscent of classic WWF wrestlers. What the officers might, at that time refer to as resisting arrest, was undoubtedly a struggle to breathe. After several pleas from Garner, the officer never let up. Finally, Garner’s bod lay lifeless on the ground. How do you justify this?
Of course the color of the victim and the color of the officer stirs up already existing distatse on the tongues of many blacks who have been, or even percieved to have been the subject of such overzealous brutality. Yes, I said brutality. Now the divide between the black community and law enforcement grows even larger. Our community doesn’t trust law enforcement and law enforcement doesn’t trust our community. We have a toxic relationship. In the end we both leave hurt. How can we patch things up before things get even worse? Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE.