When did it become okay for a uniform to justify murder?

Patriarchy and authority go hand in had, unfortunately when these forces join together diminishing of humanity occurs. The word authority in our society symbolizes strength, power, and protection in which most of the time is held by a male figure. Most citizens look up to these authority figures and value these individuals for fulfilling there duties on protecting the people. When these authority figures take advantage of the power that they are given in order to justify inhuman actions by saying it was an act of “self-defense”, how are we suppose to react. I will be using the law enforcement in connection with authority against humanity.

I know there has been a lot of controversy going on lately about the harsh killings that have been committed to the black community by our law enforcement themselves. There have been multiple cases where police officers have been free of charge for an act of murder against a human due to the power of authority they hold. Rodney King and Travyvon Martin have been just two of the few inhuman murder cases by police officers that have enraged and hurt the black community to the point of fighting against authority.

What about the case of Sandra Bland? Lets get more in detail of who was Sandra Bland, here are some characteristics: female, black, and activist. She was initially pulled over for a minor traffic violation which escalated quickly in a dispute with Texas trooper Brian Encinia landing her in jail for knowing her rights, and later finding her dead in her jail cell pronounced as “suicide”. Throughout the whole traffic stop Sandra Bland was not willing to cooperate with the officer as she repeatedly yells, “I know my rights.” As seen with other cases police officers feel threatened when an individual knows their rights. In response to Bland’s statement, officer Encinia yells “this is a lawful order” and pulls out his gun on her and says “I will light you up” when refusing to get out of the car. This is the part of authority that makes law enforcement more corrupt then ever. Of course the Black Lives Matter movement was going to stand up when hearing officer Encinia was found not guilty in the death of Sandra Bland. Not only are they asking for justice but accountability for humanity. A uniform should not be allowed to dictate whether the power of authority the law enforcement has can murder innocent individuals and not face any repercussions.

The same countless acts of authority abuse is seen in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, with correctional officer George “Pornstache” Mendez. On the show he is a corrupt correctional officer who uses his power of authority to repeatedly rape and abuse the female inmates with no punishment what so ever. Officer Pornstache has the uniform that protects his inhumane acts, but what is under that uniform? Does wearing a uniform with authority make the individual lose all morals? The fact that these type of abusive behaviors are on a series illustrates that people of authority actually know this is going on with in the prison walls where inmates are most vulnerable and are not doing anything about it. Its mind blowing how insulting and corrupt the people who hold authority are and how they could live day by day with no worries, because they know uniform can overcome justice.

Whether the uniform is of a police officer or of an inmate we are still all human. Race nor gender or class should not put value on whether it is okay to intentionally belittle self dignity. Authority should not be defined by a uniform but rather yet the safety net they can provide the citizens.

“In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery

As within all the trials that police officers have faced for abusing the power they hold and have been free of charge, how do we expect this cycle to end if the same people of power are encouraging this kind of behavior when they are found “not guilty”. The Black Lives Matter movement is more than just justice, its about the pain these individuals have had to face. Many individuals of the black community have lost a brother, sister , mother, or son.