michaelbrownMICHAEL BROWN, THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

How many more cases do we have to witness where police are using excessive force or lethal force which is resulting in the deaths of unarmed people of color? It is frustrating to know that because of your color, gender and your size that you are more of a target than anyone else.

18-year-old, college bound, Michael Brown was recently shot multiple times in St. Louis, MO and the details surrounding the shooting are sketchy.

Why was he shot?
Why did the police officer shoot him multiple times?
Where’s the dashboard camera that shows what actually happened?

Cornell William Brooks, president and chief executive of the NAACP said in a statement, “The death of yet another African American at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the community where he lived is heartbreaking.” I could not agree with this sentiment more.

According to reports, Michael Brown had his hands raised when he was shot. So, what do we do? I’m sure many of you are tired of hearing about this kind of thing. As a mother of a black boy, I’m scared for his safety every single day.

BLACK TEEN GUNNED DOWN BY POLICE

Within the African American community, we often have an anti-police stance  and allow our children to have one as well. But what if the officer that shot Michael Brown had a black partner with him at the time? Would that have changed the outcome? If the officer who put the illegal chokehold on Eric Garner and killed him had a black partner with him, would that have made a difference? Someone needs to show the police officers that black men, inherently, are not the enemy. Perhaps, a brown or black partner could do that.

Instead of having an us against them mentality, we need more black police officers, FBI agents, lawyers and people of color who are interested in our issues and concerns. In the majority of these cases, there is a white officer who is killing a black person. There are rarely black officers on the scene when these incidents occur.

Just as black lawyers turned the tide in civil rights cases, wrongful death suits and the like, we need more black police officers on duty and on the force policing their communities. I’m not saying that white police officers cannot help, but look at how they are hurting our community. Michael Brown should not have died. Eric Garner should not have died. If we cannot expect white police officers to PROTECT and SERVE our community, then we need to have black police officers on watch.

I’m reaching out to black law enforcement organizations to see what they feel should be done on this issue. I’m sure that they are as tired of this as we all are.

Do you think that having more black police officers would reduce incidents such as Michael Brown and Eric Garner? Let me know what you think. I’d love to read your comments.

 

Peace & Love,

Yasmin

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