EXCESSIVE FORCE

Grandmothers, Mother and Women  (GMW), I’ve been trying to understand why Police Officers  are using excessive power when dealing with my children of color. Starting in New York in 1999.

The shooting of 23 years-old-Amadou  Diallo occurred on February 4, 1999. four  (4) officers fired a combined total of 41 shots killing him for having a wallet that looked to them like a gun. All four officers were charged with second-degree murder and acquitted at trial. This scenario of my sons and daughters being killed has to stop. We can’t forget our past mistakes.

This scenario of my sons and daughters being killed by the police when a wallet or what is now a cell phone carried by all of our children but it appears mine are the only one being killed by excessive force for having something in their hands that appears to be a gun when it is simply a phone.

I’m sure this scenario has not been lost on any of us. When the young man was apprehended for killing the 17 students in Parkland Florida it was known he had an AkA-15 or 47 but no shots were fired at him.

I have observed as I’m sure everyone else has, when my white sons has been apprehended by the police for the same scenarios they have not been shot at excessively.

Someone I respect made an observation this past week regarding The police shooting range equipment. N. Miami. cops use photos of black teens for shooting practice. North Miami Beach police chief Scott J. Denison says there is nothing wrong with this practice.

It’s verifiable that standard police and NRA shooting range equipment is the same: A white background with the body image of a black man.We have to change this picture.

Gmw I think it’s time we advocate for a change in shooting range equipment; Maybe it should be reversed. This will force officers to use discernment, when the target practice looks differently.

When they see black they go into shooting practice range, and the law exonerates them. Isn’t that a sad scenario that we send our sons and daughters out into the world on a daily basis with their cell phones in their hands or on their person.

What makes this difficult is those 2 white Louisiana officers in the black man’s fatal shooting won’t be charged, even though they had him on the ground face-down, he was no threat to them, other than his black life did not matter. But to me and my Black children,” black lives matter.”

Colin Kaepernick was blacklisted from the NFL because of his stance for black lives matter, and everyone knows it.

GMW Our sons are afraid of each and we have to find a way to save both. We have great men in and out of uniform. The easy access to guns does not help us. 

 

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