OPINION – EDITORIAL
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, 18 years old, unarmed and killed.
THE GOOD – Let me begin by saying that the law enforcement institutions of our land are remarkably good.
All communities of the civilized world maintain a law enforcement agency of some sort to extend the arm of the law and justice.
Needless to say, we need the police, laws and a judicial system.
And more importantly, we must not disparage this honorable profession because of the heinous behavior of a few.
THE BAD – The African American community which mobilized and galvanized itself in protest of the killing of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is an ironical demonstration of their potential political representation. The African American Community has not brought itself to bear upon the political realities in which they exist.
One has to wonder how a Rosa Parks, Malcom X or Martin Luther King Jr., would have responded.
Imagine the tenacious reaction that these leaders would have unleashed with the power of Twitter, Facebook or the Internet.
I have to wonder why the African American Community is not mounting a nationwide economic boycott of several commercial enterprises representing the fast food industry, the dry goods industry and an identifiable food product or beverage, in response to the number of issues facing the African American Community.
The disproportionate number of African Americans imprisoned for non-violent crimes and minor drug offenses. Unarmed African Americans shot by police officers. Profiling of African Americans by the police is another abuse experienced in the African American Community, whether they are innocently driving in their cars, walking in the street or shopping in a department store.
Along with doctors, lawyers, engineers, educators, professionals and entrepreneurs, the number of African American law enforcement officers has to be increased in the ranks of our police departments. However, the onus is on the African American Community.
THE UGLY – Without the benefit of a legal judicial report, I will say that if the alleged charges made by many witnesses to the killing of Michael Brown prove to be true, I will say, as anyone else of sound mind and faculties would say, that the killing of an unarmed defenseless man by anyone, let alone a law enforcement officer in the performance of his or her duty is murder and not justifiable homicide.
The only solution there is to the abuse by police hiding under the color of the law in my humble opinion is a slow painstaking one.
One in which municipal and county political candidates for office of City Councils, Mayor, County Supervisors and County Prosecutors, decline political endorsement and political contributions from the Policemen’s Associations and or Unions.
A former California politician was famously quoted for saying,
“Money is the mother’s milk of politics.”
Back in the day when a Mayor hired a Police Chief, the Police Chief was beholden to the Mayor and City Council.
Today, it is the other way around. The Mayors and City Councilmen are beholden to the Police Union and or Association to a great extent.
Today, City Council, Mayors, County Supervisor and other political candidates drool for the political blessing bestowed by the Policemen’s Union or Association upon the candidate in the form of political endorsement and financial donation to the candidate’s campaign fund.
Please notice that I indicate here that the candidates who choose to decline the offer of money and political endorsement from the Police Unions and or Associations will have to do this of their own volition.
I am making it clear that I do not suggest any kind of law be created preventing any individual from accepting donations or endorsements from the Police Union and or Association or that Police Unions and or Associations are prohibited from doing so.
I am suggesting that political candidates should make this a moral judgment and let the voters decide which candidates they wish to vote for.
One can ask?
Is the candidate backed by the police or is the candidate backed by the community?
Who’s interests is the politician serving?
I am suggesting a long painstaking cultural change whereby the Mayors, City Councilmen, County Prosecutors and County Supervisors relationship, beholden to the Police Unions and Associations, is severed.