Philando Castille's driving records show something broken. You have to be willing to acknowledge that something is broken in order to start to fix it.
On the one hand, this is how I deal with the police. I get pulled over often. I've never been shot before. I am polite, respectful and I know how to talk to people. Kind of like this person. But you don't see me getting online and acting a damn fool about it. You don't see me getting online and disparaging a whole movement that has pulled together to make actual social change just because I made it through one traffic stop. You don't see me forgetting Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley and the many others who have been killed while doing nothing wrong.
"So when I think about this police officer "going to eleven" on this girl, I wonder if "zero tolerance" is the problem. The idea that some schools have that "we can't risk a lawsuit by doing something wrong so we will let the police handle it." I know that we can't go back, especially in this litigious society, but is this really the answer? Even if you take this specific officer out of the equation, the fact that we have armed people who are trained in use of force to patrol over people whose minds haven't completely developed yet just doesn't seem like the right answer. I wonder what would have happened in my life if I had've gotten arrested and taken to juvie that day. How would my life be different now?"
I get pulled over by the police often. This is the most recent time that happened. I originally told this story on FB. [scene: sunday night I got pulled over for running a red light in lewisville at 35 and SH 121. I haven't had a drop of alcohol in 2 weeks and don't do … Continue reading I Got Pulled Over by the Police Again and Im Blogging About It
So Judge Mathis had some knucklehead in his court who had a history of being a knucklehead. Let's go to the tape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le2tioLoybs You can't argue with him, HE'S JUDGE MATHIS. Your argument has no merit. Your aunt watches his show ALL THE TIME. How long has that show been on, anyway? EDIT TO ADD: … Continue reading Even Judge Mathis Gets It. Your Argument has no Merit.
Footage. Video. Tapes. They exist in droves now. But what is the purpose? What good have they done? In the case of Eric Garner’s death, it did nothing to bring justice. His killer walked free. In the case of Walter Scott, his killer got charged with murder and we celebrated because our standards are now … Continue reading Point/Counterpoint: Sharing Videos on Social Media of Inappropriate Police Contact
I had a job once where I worked for an elected official. It was what I wanted for my life and I was proud to work there. The elected official that I worked for got in some pretty big trouble over some emails. It was pretty bad. My job at the time included talking to … Continue reading Police Officer Response
Many Americans find themselves at a loss to understand the depth of the anger and frustration of the protestors. It might be worthwhile for them to read aspeech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered on April 14, 1967, at Stanford University. A colleague of mine in Congress reminded me of his words, and I find … Continue reading “The Other America”
Both of these were hashtags from the past week or so. I would post more about this but I should be working right now. Someone else compiled these. [View the story "Categorizing Stories from #AliveWhileBlack and #CrimingWhileWhite" on Storify]
Witnesses say a cruiser that attempted to pull over Blouin, going the wrong way down a one-way street just after 1 p.m., instead ran him over. "He went under the wheels," said Bibi, who would only give her first name. She said the cruiser then shifted into drive and ran Blouin over a second time. … Continue reading Well, This is Horrible