I contemplated for some time now on whether to post this video clip recording police brutality in Dekalb County, Georgia. Without knowing the full story (which there are always TWO sides to a story) it is hard to come to a sound conclusion as to whether who was at fault in this situation. But what I can comment on is the poor behavior of the team of police that responded to this particular incident. All to frequently do we hear about individuals in law enforcement roles abusing their authority. Many incidents involve corruption, physical abuse, verbal abuse, sex scandals, extortion, and the list goes on.
I am not clear on Police procedures and protocol. But I can imagine it may be time for them to reevaluate their techniques. Proper training and education on how to properly capture and arrest a criminal could prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. It is imperative that as a society we address these issues so that we can continue to progress and not regress. But, what is clear to me, is that these particular officers used excessive force and poor communication skills when attempting to make this arrest. The amount of police officers that were used to arrest one female civilian was outrageous to me. I can also look at it in the perspective of the officers of never knowing what type of situations they may be exposed to when entering someones home.
Questions to ponder??
- I wonder how the Dekalb County Police Department will resolve this issues.
- How do we as a community guard our rights and preserve the trust in our local law enforcement? One way is to make sure that our officers are properly screened during the hiring process. During this process all officers need to be evaluated not only for their physical capabilities but as well as their mental stability.
- Also, police officers need to be properly trained on how to handle certain situations such as this. What could the officers, as seen is this video, could have done differently?
- Were the police officers right in this situation?
- How could this incident have played out differently?
- Would you rather by beaten or shot at?
- After a while, young people are going to lose the rest of the respect they have for Uniformed Officers. Could this be contributing to the increased crime statistics?
After doing an analysis, I can see a few things happening in the future;
- Increased crime statistics in major cities.
- Disregard for officers of the law.
- Fear and therefore lack of trust for men/women of the law.
- Decrease in number of Blacks applying for jobs in law-enforcement.
- Decrease in number of Blacks signing-up for military service.
After a while, if we don’t get a handle on some of this stuff, America will be in even more trouble. I fear the police but not because I am breaking any laws, I just fear “police brutality.” It just appears that the further America goes forward, the more she moves backwards. Do you feel like police brutality is getting out of control? Do you believe that after while a Civil War could start here in America? Are you tired of the many videos and blog post revealing this issue? Have you been a victim of racial profiling or behaviors that made you less than comfortable? All I can say is “Hands Up!”
I am hoping that some of you will share your thoughts on this issue. It is important that we began dialogue and discussion about this serious issue.
Once again thanks for stopping by,