As I sit here in prison, in the pit of unfathomable misery, I contemplate the need to speak and write about what is and has been going on as the “routine business” of unfettered police brutality in the poverty-stricken communities of color.
These actions are not based primarily on so-called law and order but rather are centered on the racial disparity and demeaning of certain people in those communities.
Some claim that acts of brutality come from just a few bad apples within the police department. But I think it is more of a systemic problem within police forces.
Some people claim that these abuses are minor, but I ask how one can minimize assaults. mental abuse, terror, mayhem, and murder on a national level and label it a disease equivalent to a pandemic.
This disease is not some abnormal bodily condition but rather is a mental disconnect that often results in improper police conduct.
To be clear, not every police department is burdened with such improper conduct. And there are some exceptional departments doing the job as proscribed.
It is time for us to accept the fact that police misbehavior is not irrelevant. We need to continue to highlight the importance of police reform nationally.
We, as a society, must create a dialogue with police departments that addresses the need for real positive changes that respects communities of color. Pretending that no problem exists allows it to remain as “business as usual”,
The police brutality pandemic is just as lethal and widespread as any other life- taking force. One does not need to be a doctor to see that the nation is ill in many ways: the difference is the cure is readily available right now.
Unlike the necessary protocols required to approve vaccines for the COVID-19 plague, there is no need for experimental drug trials and antidote tests within the minds of the people at this time.
The deaths of the many George Floyds, Jacob Blakes, Breonna Taylors, Sandra Blands, and the countless others who have been victims of this chronic disease cannot be in vain.
We should not seek revenge. We should seek corrections.