It’s hard to believe that’s been about three months since the horrific slaying of George Floyd on the cold, hard streets of Minneapolis, at the hands of a murderous white cop, who callously spent almost eight minutes with his knee on the neck of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man who uttered these words multiple times:
“I can’t breathe!’
Perhaps that’s because it was the exact warning that another Black man gave the rogue cops who were engaging in the same death grip that took the life of Eric Garner on the streets of New York City in 2014.
We have no idea what Breonna Taylor’s final words were before she went down in a hail of bullets, during a late night invasion that permitted a gang of thugs with an acquired “no-knock search warrant” to bulldoze their way in, and exchange gunfire with Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker in the chaotic darkness.
The twenty-six-year-old Black woman who worked as an emergency medical technician was hit with eight of the twenty bullets that flooded her space.
Ironically, Breonna Taylor was the essential work who races against the clock to save lives hanging in the balance during harrowing circumstances, and yet there was no way to save her precious life, thanks to the gross negligence of the Louisville Metro Police Department, and the botched job to urgently transport a severely wounded victim to the hospital.
Justice for Breonna Taylor has not been swift, and the unbearable delay is spearheaded by the detrimental mechanics of the usual suspects in authoritative positions, including Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who hasn’t answered the resounding demands to charge Breonna Taylor’s killers with the crime they committed on March 13.
The list of Black victims who have died at the hands of legalized domestic terrorism against targeted communities continues to traitorously expand, and when even they manage to barely survive those violent encounters, the road to mental and physical recovery is a long and arduous process that rarely delivers the assigned punishment of installed perpetrators.
Just this past weekend, we were burdened with yet another eerily familiar tale of police brutality located in Kenosha, Wisconsin where a young, unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake was shot multiple times as he turned his back on police officers, who didn’t give a damn that his fiancée and three sons were in the car, watching the horror show playing out in front of their eyes.
Jacob Blake’s father recently confirmed that his son is paralyzed from the waist down, and while it’s not clear if this is a permanent injury, what we know for sure is that this is damning proof of how police officers instinctively attack Black bodies because of the inherent danger that’s falsely perceived.
As usual, there are a litany of theories about what transpired in the moments leading up to the shooting, and why the cops were called to the scene.
And while those pertinent details are necessary to retrieve for the pending investigation, it won’t in any way justify the unforgivable display of reckless unprofessionalism with the added deadliness that’s consistently directed at Black and Brown “suspects.”
The story always sounds the same, with the damning ingredients of how cops demonstrate the militarized skills that are utilized to terrorize unarmed, unsuspecting, citizens, who don’t pose an immediate threat in ways that would warrant those extremes, resulting in worst case scenarios.
Even worse is the fact that Jacob Blake’s three young sons tragically witnessed their beloved father succumbing to the never-ending epidemic of gun violence, and the ire of police brutality.
These mechanisms are fueled by a biased judicial system, that only serves the audacity of whiteness with the expendability of those who don’t apply.
Are we prepared for the deep dive into the systemic scarring of our Black children, which should be categorized as crimes against humanity, and punishable by law?
But, who’s law?
In a country that minimizes the shooting deaths of school children in their classrooms for the benefit of gluttonous politicians and CEOs, and also gives racist cops the vindication to go back to trolling and shooting to death young Black boys, playing in parks with toy guns, we can’t deny how we’re existing in a battlefield that even innocent young lives won’t survive.
The stakes are much higher for Black kids.
And for me, it was Tamir Rice, and the truth of how that devilish Cleveland police officer, who knew he was shooting a Black kid, went for it anyway, and purposely took too long to offer medical assistance.
The bastard was able to escape indictment by the grand jury and was almost rehired at another police department in Bellaire, Ohio.
How can we forget the graphic images of Philando Castile, and his last moans, as his white T-shirt soaked up with his blood, as the killer cop still brandished his weapon in the car containing a dying Black man strapped in the driver’s seat, and his stunned fiancée, whose toddler daughter was quietly consoling her tearful mother.
There’s plenty more of those gut-wrenching testimonies, that places Black children at the scene of the crime in ways that are life-altering, and forever haunting for the Black youth, who are primed for the realization of inheriting America’s distorted version of impaired legacies.
As the summer winds down, and the fall months beckon, we are getting closer to election season, and while that in itself is cause for acute trepidation, there’s also the need for contemplation when you consider the historic nature of 2020, and the blinding injustice stemming from the betrayals of institutions that exist to advance the statutes of white supremacy.
How can we not wonder about whether or not justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake, and the names we memorized before and the ones added tomorrow, will ever become the long-awaited victory that finalizes the revisions to societal ills, that outfit badged terrorists with the ordainment of criminalized factions.
The state of police reform across the country, particularly during a global pandemic that has taken the lives of over 170,000 Americans, is a debatable issue that centers around the glaring inconsistencies that highlight non-compulsory involvement of law enforcement, situated in states that opt out of addressing “pattern of police violence” and the unaccountability that goes unchecked.
The footage of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a white cop, who was trained to relish the sounds of a dying Black man gasping for air, due to the pressure his murderer was exerting on his neck, while two other officers stood in awe, is the stuff of nightmares, and yet it may not be enough to enforce the revolution that must take place to wipe out the deadliness of the white establishment.
Or will it?
Protesters are hitting the streets both at home and abroad in response to the unfathomable footage of a white police officer brutally ending the life of a helpless Black man, instead of heroically saving it.
Abolish the police!
Change will never come until the complete dismantlement of the weapons of mass destruction.
Former president George W. Bush infamously wasted resources and manpower in Iraq, when what he believed existed has always resided in the country that must reckon with its history of systemic oppression, against the population that won’t rest until police reform is replaced with abolishment.