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Police misconduct: When there’s a ‘Bogeyman Behind the Badge’

"Cops who kill people without justifiable cause under the color of the badge or shield must suffer the consequences. They must reap the world wind"

Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival from SALT Project on Vimeo.

After Michael Brown’s death, an important infographic, “10 Rules Of Survival If Stopped By The Police” was developed by David Miller, founder of “The Dare To Be King Project.” In partnership with CTS, WFYI, and Trinity UCC (on the south side of Chicago), SALT has taken Miller’s rules and created a short film to bring this critical information to an even wider audience and help save even more lives.

Only federal legislation can truly vanquish police misconduct that predates under the color of authority

Cops are not supposed to be bogeymen of nightmarish lore.

However, a surge of cops killing unarmed civilians in recent years has served to cultivate this new image. The abuse of power that has cascaded into the American psyche is not anything new. Social media has only magnified a longstanding police culture, which has spurred riots in our cities and fomented widespread distrust and fear of cops. Regrettably, even the good cops who mean well and abide by the rule of professional conduct, are painted as rogue.

Compton Herald | Uncharted

“Uncharted” is commentary from Compton Herald publisher and editor, Jarrette Fellows, Jr.

The only way this problem is going to be removed is through federal legislation outlawing the abusive practices of a minority that has tainted the whole.

“We, The (Black & Brown) People,” who are routinely abused — in order to form a more perfect union, must put pressure on the U.S. Attorney General and the people we elect to public office — our mayors, state legislators, governors, congressional representatives, U.S. senators — to legislate change to arrest this malady.

Rampant criminalistic police misconduct is intolerable! It has to become a hot-button issue in every election cycle. It is well past the time to raise hell in the proper forum — the political arena — not the “street” where “We, The (Black & Brown) People” have no chance short of a massive civil insurrection. Nobody wants that!

Emphasis is placed on “Blacks and Browns” because we are the ethnic groups that find ourselves perpetually under the boot of police misconduct.

The video presented above may be necessary in light of the current laws regarding policing, but it is an absolute travesty that Black and Brown Americans have to resort to this behavior to “get home safely!”

The rationale is understandable, but the double standard is beyond insult. The notion that we — or any ethnic group for that matter — must cower in fear to survive a random encounter with police is absurd! America is not Nazi, Germany, apartheid-South Africa, or white-separatist-ruled Rhodesia.

America is not the “Old South,” nor is it a nation still under the thumb of Jim Crow institutionalism. This nation is not a regime ruled by a despot wielding an iron fist and the threat of physical harm, as some might want.

Strong, new legislation is critical to check police misconduct. When persons who take an oath to “Protect and Serve” cross that line and violate the civil liberties of Black and Brown persons through unwarranted violent behavior, their actions must result in lengthy prison sentences — even life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in specific cases.

Cops who kill people without justifiable cause under the color of the badge or shield must suffer the consequences. They must reap the world wind.

Only then will America vanquish the “Bogeyman Behind the Badge.”

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.


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