BEING A BIG BLACK MAN MAY NOW BE A DEATH SENTENCE….

Amidst the wall-to-wall cable news coverage of the terror events in Minnesota , New Jersey and right here at home in New York City , one thing has not slowed down, that is the incessant killing of unarmed black men by police across America.

For those of us who had any training as police officers we recall the rules as it relates to when we could legally discharge our weapons, much less at another human being. We look on in horror at the constant pretzel-type forms police and their apologists take to justify police killings.

Oh my God, we love our police officers, we love the fact that they run to danger on our behalf. They literally place their lives on the line when we run in the other direction.
But for the love of God, pretending that there is no police problem in America is being tone deaf, or worse, willfully not caring about the pile of dead bodies.
It is a sick demented mindset which criticizes a socially conscious Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee while turning a blind uncaring eye to the pile of dead black bodies each year.
When you do that you lose rational people, you lose a place in the discussion because you made yourself irrational and therefore irrelevant to the conversation.

The people who make excuses for police misconduct have made the decision they do not care about the loss of lives, as such the black community must tune them out as well.
How much is enough, how long will the same narrative be used ,”officer fired because they were in fear for their lives?
The fear in police officers cannot be a death sentence for others!

I recalled many years ago when I was a serving police officer, there was much talk that there were instances of extrajudicial killings by the Jamaican police.
It is important to understand that Jamaica as a nation has been, and still remain a small nation which does not give police officers the support they need to get the job done.
It bears mentioning also that the Island is among the most violent places on earth and is within the top five most murderous places on the planet.
Within that context, activists groups began to attach the term extrajudicialto all police shootings. Even though the Island was experiencing an average of four murders daily and up to 1600 annually , every police shooting was labeled an extrajudicial shooting.

Each shooting elicited protest action and howls of condemnation. Most notably the United States Leahy bill withdrew funding from specialized units within the JCF as a result of these allegations, most of which were unproven.
First sponsored in the late 1990s by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the “Leahy laws” (sometimes referred to as the “Leahy amendments”) are currently manifest in two places. One is Section 620M of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA), as amended, which prohibits the furnishing of assistance authorized by the FAA and the Arms Export Control Act to any foreign security force unit where there is credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.

If the Americans government care enough to withdraw funding from groups within certain military and paramilitary groups in other countries which are accused of human rights abuses, why is it powerless to stop what we see happening day in day out right here in America?
Not every shooting is racial shooting, not every shooting is a bad shooting .
But as a police officer who became keenly conscious of the environment and the perceptions surrounding shootings by officers in my time, it cannot be out of the realm of the understanding of American cops that they must be appropriately sure before using lethal force.

It can be done and must be done, citizens cannot be killed because police officers are scared. It cannot be that an officer pulls the trigger because she is in fear as is being alleged in the killing of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher in Tulsa Oklahoma. Neither can the perception that someone is a “big bad dude” be a death sentence for that person.
This is insanity, every sane law enforcement officer past and present knows these reasons given for shooting people they suspect, stretches the boundaries of credulity.

How much longer will it be before police officers are held accountable for killing unarmed citizens rather that the constant twisting of the laws to justify their illegal actions?
The notion that a person can be legally shot and killed by police because that person seemed to be putting his hand into a vehicle cannot continue to stand.
An armed, trained police officer already with gun drawn, cannot simply be allowed to gun down citizens using those guises.
Did he pull a gun ?
Did you see a gun?………….. No one can reasonably argue with an officer who shoots someone who pulls a gun , but we simply cannot support the unlawful killing of people based on fears and biases within people who are supposed to be trained to protect lives.