Tuesday, July 14, 2020

We Need to Call the Police.

May 14, 2018 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) As black people its hard to explain to white people, and even people of color, the trauma of living while black. Every time we turn on the tv or open social media we see other black people being harassed, targeted, and dying. The existence is rather exhausting when you don’t know if you will return home when you leave the house. We are subject to how people feel about us regardless of if it is right or wrong. The bottom line is “fear” of black people is more so an issue of not seeing us as human being. The questioning of our humanity very well may be the underlining issue in this country. However, that is not a reason for black people to lie in fear of their live.

Some black people refuse to call the police for fear of police backlash. We error on the side of caution regarding law enforcement when our tax dollars, just as everyone else, pays for the police to protect and serve us. It is time we press past the fear and begin to show white Americans what it feels like to be uncomfortable. I know some may say revenge is no way to behave, but what I’m suggesting is not revenge but an acknowledgement that we too have feelings. Its time we begin calling the police.

When we see people in our neighborhood that we don’t recognize call the police. When you are in a store and you feel threatened call the police. If you find yourself at school and you feel targeted call the campus police. Granted someone being rude is not a good reason to call the police you see where I’m going with this. It is time we channel our anger and fear through legal channels and exercise our rights. We can’t promise that we will get the same response as our white counterparts.

However, we must try to level this field as best we can. The unfortunate thing is none of this is our fault. Black people have to be concerned about what we wear, how we look, what we say, where we get coffee, which restaurant we are in, and even how we feel. Will we be put out of school because of our hair even if it’s clean and neat? This is only a small window into what it means to be black.

The last few incidents that went viral whereby the police have been called on black people that were minding their business and breaking no laws involved a white woman picking up a phone. I will begin using my phone, and I urge brothers and sisters to do the same. We are human beings, and we have feeling just like other people. The situations for black people are further complicated when we have to worry for our children…will they end up in handcuff or worse…dead.

We must teach our children how to dial 911 when they feel threatened or targeted. If they are in a crown and feel uncomfortable they may need to call 911. This may be one of the only things we can do right now, peacefully, that will make white people think about calling the police…when the police is called on them.

Staff Writer; Chelle’ St James

May also connect with this sister via Twitter; ChelleStJames.


One Response to “We Need to Call the Police.”
  1. Anirban (aka Abner) Bhattacharya says:

    We need the police to protect people of all ethnicity and races. The cops are the 1s to call if there’s crimes such as theft to more serious crimes such as assault & battery, armed robbery and murder. It’s the same way that you have fire dept. and paramedics helping in situations when there’s a fire, disaster or catastrophe. Cops as I understand are often certified to act in emergencies, just as fire, rescue and paramedics must know what to do in emergencies.

    There’s a case which I hope people can comment on & that’s the excuses people make for the convicted murderer Leonard Peltier. Leonard Peltier (born 1944-Sioux I believe) is an American Indian, Amerindian, Native American or Indigenous (I use all 4 words), who murdered 2 cops Ronald A. Williams and JR Coler in 1975 when both policemen were investigating crimes on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

    Famous people such as actor Charles Robert Redford, Nelson Rolihalla Mandela, Dalai Lama, David Louis Geffen (Geffen Records) Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, etc. have argued for his release, calling him a political prisoner. Now I don’t know the famous people’s motives. But here are facts on Leonard Peltier and who he is and the comparison to John Joseph Gotti. Leonard Peltier is a murderer and he does not help the Amerindian or Native American cause.

    Before the 1975 double murder, Leonard Peltier in 1973 tried to kill a Milwaukee cop during a crime. Leonard Peltier violated bail to avoid prosecution. But Leonard Peltier was acquitted, likely because the prosecution did a poor job pleading case and jury acquitted him of attempted murder. As known, in 1975 Leonard Peltier shot and killed 2 cops and this time he was convicted.

    Leonard Peltier admits that he shot at the 2 cops with his gun and by law he is guilty by felony murder rule, especially as 2 cops were murdered, it’s Murder 1. Felony murder rule is this-let say for eg. if a person robs a convenience store and the store clerk has a heart attack and dies during the robbery, by felony murder rule, the robber is guilty of murder though he had no intention to kill the clerk, because store clerk died as he was committing a robbery. Jury decides what to convict the robber of such as Murder 1, Murder 2 or Manslaughter, unless it’s plea bargained.

    With Leonard Peliter, there were 2 others (also American Indian) who were prosecuted with him for the murder of the 2 cops. The other 2 were acquitted in separate trials, likely because the prosecutor(s) did a poor job arguing their case and the 2 acquitted by all White jury. In 1977, when Leonard Peltier was tried, this time he was convicted of double murder by a jury, for which he got life in prison. In 1979, Leonard Peltier escaped from prison where an inmate was killed during shootout with prison guards. Leonard Peltier was captured and got an added 7 year sentence to his life sentence.

    Leonard Peltier’s supporters have said that Leonard Peltier did not get a fair trial because jury was all White, but as shown, Leonard Peltier was acquitted in 1973 of attempted murder because prosecution did a bad job and jury acquitted him. But he still continued to commit crimes. With the 1975 double murder, 2 other people who were with Leonard Peltier were acquitted by all White jury. Leonard Peltier was convicted because the prosecution did a good job arguing their case and this time he was convicted.

    Compare Leonard Peltier to mob boss John Joseph Gotti. NYC mob boss John Joseph Gotti murdered many people. In 1986, John Joseph Gotti was prosecuted for a murder but was acquitted by jury. In 1988, John Joseph Gotti was prosecuted for another murder, but was again acquitted. In 1990, John Joseph Gotti was prosecuted for another murder, but was again acquitted. In late 1990, John Joseph Gotti was arrested for yet another murder & in 1992, the jury convicted John Joseph Gotti of murder, for which John Joseph Gotti got life in prison & he died in 2002.

    John Joseph Gotti was convicted of murder in 1992, because this time, the FBI did a good job investigating the murder, where John J. Gotti’s phone was as I understand wiretapped where he brags about killing a person. This time the prosecution did good job, had more proof and John Joseph Gotti’s luck ran out. With John Joseph Gotti, he got haughty & arrogant, thought he could get away with murder (as with 3 acquittals) but in the 4th time, he was convicted. It’s likely that John Joseph Gotti committed more murders in addition to the 1 he was convicted of. Leonard Peltier was convicted of murder when he was in his early 30s while John Joseph Gotti was convicted of murder when he was in his 50s.

    Since Leonard Peltier’s 1977 conviction, other proof has surfaced which reinforces the conviction. Witnesses who testified against Leonard Peltier have since said that during the murder trial, Leonard Peltier had threatened to kill them for testifying. When Leonard Peltier is interviewed by media, Leonard Peltier behaves mild and humble. But privately, Leonard Peltier has bragged about how he murdered the 2 cops as they were pleading for their lives. Leonard Peltier has been haughty and arrogant. Leonard Peltier is suspected of murdering others & committing other crimes.

    Leonard Peltier’s conviction has been reviewed and upheld on appeal. In January 2001, ex President William J. Clinton shortly before leaving the White House reviewed Leonard Peltier’s clemency request and ex President William Jefferson Clinton refused to pardon Leonard Peltier after reviewing the case. Even people who are anti-Clinton credited ex President Clinton for doing the right thing.

    In January 2017, Leonard Peltier again tried for clemency with President Obama (before leaving White House) but ex President Obama also refused to pardon Leonard Peltier after reviewing the case. Fact about Leonard Peltier is that the courts have reviewed his murder conviction and upheld his conviction. Ex Presidents Clinton and Obama believe that Leonard Peltier is guilty of murdering 2 cops.

    Leonard Peltier’s supporters in arguing for his release raise that Leonard Peltier has diabetes and has had heart surgeries because of his heart attacks. If people are going to use the sympathy argument, then same thing could have been said for John Joseph Gotti. John Joseph Gotti died of throat cancer in 2002 while in prison. The fact that John Joseph Gotti had a terminal disease should not be reason to free him & was not because he was a haughty & arrogant murderer.

    The fact that Leonard Peltier has diabetes and heart attacks is irrelevant. Leonard Peltier must spend the rest of his life in prison. Leonard Peltier does not help the Native American or American Indian caus because he is an arrogant & haughty murderer. He behaves mild and humble when he is interviewed by media, but privately he has bragged about murdering 2 cops & he is suspected of committing other crimes.

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