Philly Cops Kicking Up Some Fun

As I watched that all too often tragedies play out in Philadelphia. I was wondering if those guys in blue who were bum rushing those three black guys pulling them out of the car and kicking, hitting and just wantonly beating them were the gang called the crips or that other gang in blue the cops. This is becoming more common than any of us in the black community should be comfortable with. We need to start fixing THIS gang violence which is permeating the black neighborhoods.

With this new beating of course come the stupid comments from those in the dominant community and those fools that love them. It never fails that as soon as a blatantly obvious and grievous wrong is committed on someone from the black race you get a plethora of fools out here who will agree upon one thought; that no matter how wild or out of control the cops that kill or maim that it is somehow the blacks fault.

As I watched the video a lot of people started commenting and here is a few of the things that I read. “this is why we should give our cops RPG’s, just blow the car up and do us all a favor and save us the money of putting them though a trial.. lol” “If they are being pursued by the police, they HOW ARE THEY INNOCENT?!?!?!” “good…fuck those ignorant ass black boys…who cares….they deserve it for what they did…and the others that got away deserve what is coming to them…always gotta ruin this country….” It is a simple matter of support, which was a big theme over at the Brotherpeacemaker recently.

Those ignorant freak’s know damn well that these cops are as guilty as sin. So if blacks can be beaten within inches of their lives then why is that we should care when someone takes that attitude and blows one of their members to the after life? They claim that they were under so much stress due to the fact that a cop had recently been shot. Well maybe the person who shot the cop was under so much stress due to the outrageous number of blacks being beaten, shot, killed and maimed by the cops.

Even if these were the guys who killed the cop, does that now mean that they do not deserve a fair trial to render a verdict as to whether they are guilty or innocent? Is it now up to the cops to not only arrest but then decide upon innocence and then render justice as he or she sees fit? Somehow I am supposed to care when a cop is killed or somehow maligned yet not care when a person of the black race is killed or maligned. I am sorry but that cops life is in no way worth any more or any less than the life of any black person that they decide to dole their brand of justice on.

This is NOT the wild, wild, west where you were able to pull out your “six shooter” and blast a person away if they wronged you or another person. It is interesting that people are fine with this behavior when it is aimed at blacks yet find it deplorable when it is aimed at whites. Just look at the comments when the cops were harassing (not abusing) Brett Darrow, 20 of Missouri. In case you don’t know the case a cop was threatening to arrest Darrow and invent charges in order to do so.

“This cop should spend years in prison for his systematic abuse of power.” “There should be studies done in regard to the sick minds of police.” “He should be fired AND prosecuted.” People had a lot of terrible things to say about the police in “this” situation. But when the situation involves a black person somehow now everyone has so much respect and adoration of the cops or they feel it necessary to talk of how the cops are under so much stress and how difficult their jobs are.

Well wasn’t this cop under so much stress as well, or are cops who deal with blacks the only ones under so much stress? These are the blatant disparities that I am constantly being told don’t exist. People in the black community need to wake up and start realizing that these cops are playing the same role as the lynch mobs of old.

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17 responses to “Philly Cops Kicking Up Some Fun

  1. Sentinel,

    It really really burns me up to hear people talking that garbage. Somehow, the portion of black society to whom the establishment has shown its “good graces” has decided that in order to maintain the relationship, they must denounce any relation to folks that look like them. It’s almost like they believe their entitlement to white acceptance depends on how ferociously they can deny their co-existence with other black folks. It is as if these folks feel like maintaining these views solidifies their position in the establishment.

    I can’t count the times i have heard people trying to blame victims of police brutality for creating the situation in the first place. It is becoming exceedingly difficult to bring myself to even have a conversation with someone who thinks like this. They have this idea that police are not only authority figures legally, but idealistically also. For the most part, the more “influential” portion of black society that harbors this mentality, which is why it’s not difficult for cops to get away with the beating and killing and overall mistreatment of blacks. They already have half of our own people making excuses for it.

    Good post.

  2. Tyrone,

    That is absolutely the problem. As long as we have blacks who will not only tolerate it but help propagate it, we will never get from under that boot.

    We have got to put a stop to this bull, it is just escalating. They are walking away with no punishment. Which is almost reminiscent of the “good ol’ days”.

    Thanks for the reply.

  3. “So if blacks can be beaten within inches of their lives then why is that we should care when someone takes that attitude and blows one of their members to the after life?”

    I agree that when cops stray from their purpose of catching criminals into the realm of disceminating justice, they should be prosecuted regardless of color.

    With that said, “one of their members” is a comment that does not help, in my opinion. In order to get past the racism we must see each other as individuals rather than simply members of group with whom we are at war.

    Thank you for the post. As a white person I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue. It is interesting to me to see things from another perspective.

  4. Jay,

    I agree that part of the problem is not seeing everyone as an individual instead of a part of this or that group. Unfortunately, it feels to a lot of black people that we are at war. At war with a criminal gang who are above the law, simply because they are seen AS the law.

    thanks for the reply.

  5. Jay,

    I understand the need to keep race out of the picture. But it’s rather hard when it is only black people who are being shot dozens and dozens of times or who end up dead because of contagious shootings. It is an issue of race because the police make it an issue of race. When people see the police coming down on people of color and make statements such as “…fuck those ignorant ass black boys” it’s rather hard not to make color an issue. And this isn’t an isolated incident or a rare occasion. It happens quite frequently in America. White people who saw the killing of a fourteen year old black boy by seven Florida boot camp guards people celebrated with comments like “that’s one less thug we have to worry about”. Does that not offend you?

    Peace

  6. This makes me wonder if there is some secret plot to incite blacks into mayhem, so there can be a reason to institute Marshall Law. Trial after trial, these black brothers are being blatantly mistreated and the verdicts rendered are slaps in the face.

    How long can one independent, responsible person endure injustice like this without resulting to some serious form of aggressive action? I don’t know, from Sean Bell, to this crap . . . to the cops masing the brother from I think the Chicago Bears in the face on the boat. Another Vikings player’s Uncle was beat up by the police when he asked them to come inside his home, expecting some form of civil behaviour since he was a correctional facilities officer.

    I really am wondering if this is a conspiracy, to drive us crazy . . . just to have a reason. Or has it been going all along, and I’m really starting to wake up? Disheartening.

    1.) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/05/08/national/main4079181.shtml?source=mostpop_story
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3380764

    2.) http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3380764

    3.) http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/05/01/vikings-otis-grigsby-posts-youtube-video-illinois-state-polic/

  7. Yes, I am very offended at those words. Discussing the race issue is not something I have a problems with. I am not trying to remove race from this dissussion.

    I am saying there are lots of white people and white cops who do not fall into the racist catagory you are mentioning. When phrases such as “why is that we should care when someone takes that attitude and blows one of their members to the after life?” are used it tends to create anamosity even amongst those who are not racist.

    I am aware this of the sensitivity of this issue and that it is more difficult to separate out the guilty parties and prosecute them, but it must be done in order to stop the cycle.

  8. Jay,

    I don’t think anyone hear is seriously suggesting that we not care about white people. I know for a fact that theblacksentinel is community oriented from her postings about children being raped by teachers and other issues that impact the community at large and not just the black community.

    The question is more out of frustration that the dominant community finds it acceptable for police to kill, maim, and abuse black people. Condone it? Some people look forward to hearing about how some cop put his boot up some black person’s ass.

    Nevertheless, the question looks insensitive and partial. I truly can relate because everyday black people are reminded of the partiality and insensitivity of the dominant community.

    Peace

  9. Jay,

    Yes there are a lot of white people and cops of all races who don’t care for the beating of innocent people. Yet, the blue code of silence keeps this behavior alive and well. And the support and condemnation of the victims by some in the white community also helps keep it from ending.

    The problem is that people act as if the cops life is far more important than the life of anyone else. So I am merely asking if this is the attitude that is being portrayed by the police, then why are they surprised when the sentiment is returned?

    The cops basically said that since one of our guys was taken and the suspect they are looking for is a black guy, then it is open season on black men even if they have nothing to do with a cops death. This does NOT induce an environment of caring on behalf of the black community.

    I don’t think that if cops were beating white grandma’s in the street like this continuously over the years, that the white community as a whole would be feeling much sympathy for a cop who was slain. I am not saying that IS the attitude to take. I am saying that is the attitude that is being sowed by the seeds of violence and hate the cops have been planting for years.

    I hope that clears up your problems with that statement.

    Thanks for the reply.

  10. The upsurge of brutality between the Sean Bell shooting and the Philly beat down do bring up old questions we never answered during high profiled police brutality cases in the 90s. Though black blogs have given us a form of independent media to publicize these incidents few answers have been provided.

    The Bell shooting in particular raises the specter of a new, more insidious form of police brutality. If off-duty, undercover, or plainclothes cops can exercise such a brazen use of force this is no longer an issue of “don’t do crime and you’ll be okay”. You could accidentally bump an undercover plainclothes cop and you’ll be executed.

    Great post.

    I’ll definitely add you to my blogroll.

    Phillip M. Bailey
    The SOULution

  11. Phillip M. Bailey,

    Thanks for the reply. I have visited your blog as well and was very impressed with the amount of information it contained. I too will add you to my Blog roll.

    Also, your sentiments are exactly correct. If it is so easy to get away with murder under these flimsy bits of evidence then what will stop these people? We are in a heap of trouble. Just being a law abiding citizen will get us nowhere these days, except maybe the morgue.

    Again, thanks for the reply.

  12. The Engineer

    Yes. This has happened before in Los Angeles California.

    Here is a very abbreviated chronology of events:

    1992 Los Angeles Riots (also known as the Rodney King Riots)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Los_Angeles_riots
    An excerpt:
    “Aftermath:

    By the time the riots ended, pressure mounted for a retrial of the officers, and federal charges of civil rights violations were brought against the officers. Near the first anniversary of the acquittal, the city tensely awaited the decision of the federal jury; seven days of deliberations raised speculative fear of an incendiary outcome in the event of a not guilty verdict.

    Precautionary measures were taken by the government and media. The decision was read in an atypical 7:00 a.m. Saturday court session on April 17, 1993. Two officers–Officer Laurence Powell and Sergeant Stacey Koon were found guilty and the other two were acquitted. Mindful of accusations of sensationalist reporting following the first jury decision, media outlets opted for more sober coverage which included calmer on-the-street interviews.[16] Police were fully mobilized with officers on 12-hour shifts, convoy patrols, scout helicopters, street barricades, tactical command centers, and support from the National Guard and Marines.[17][18]

    The four officers have since quit or have been fired from the LAPD. Officer Theodore Briseno left the LAPD after being acquitted on federal charges. Officer Timothy Wind, who was also tried twice and acquitted twice, was fired after Willie L. Williams became Chief of Police. Chief Williams himself did not have his contract renewed by the Los Angeles Police Commission, who said Williams had failed his primary task of remaking the city’s police force in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating.[19]

    Rodney King has since been arrested eleven times on a variety of charges including spousal abuse, hit-and-run, and being under the influence of PCP.[20]

    According to insurance records, the riots caused far wider destruction than was televised or noted in contemporary news reports.”

    2000 LAPD Rampart Scandal
    http://www.revcom.us/a/v22/1070-79/1079/ramprt.htm
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/lapd/later/outcome.html
    An excerpt:
    “…Nearly 100 convictions have been overturned as a result of Perez’s testimony. Most of these cases involve arrests made by Perez; some involve wrongful convictions identified by Perez and corroborated by investigators. The District Attorney’s office has filed 64 writs and attorneys representing defendants have filed 22 others that, unopposed by the DA’s office, have been granted by the Court.[1] Another 13 writs that have been granted involve juveniles. Meanwhile, defense attorneys continue to review as many as 15,000 cases that may have involved misconduct by police officers, particularly those implicated in wrongdoing by Perez. The Public Defenders Office alone is examining more than 8000 cases.

    With criminal convictions being overturned, civil suits against the L.A.P.D. and the City of Los Angeles have followed. In its largest police misconduct settlement ever, the City awarded $15 million to Javier Ovando last November. Twenty-nine other defendants, represented by Gregory Yates, were awarded nearly $11 million in a bulk-settlement. As of April, 2001, 142 Rampart cases had been filed against the City. Two had been dismissed and 42 had been settled.[2] The L.A. City Attorney’s office has estimated that total Rampart-related settlement costs will be $125 million.”

    2000 LAPD Consent Decree
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/lapd/later/decree.html
    Excepts:

    After a series of lengthy negotiations, the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to enter into a consent decree on November 3, 2000, which allows for federal oversight of the L.A.P.D. reform process for a period of five years. In exchange, the Justice Department, which had been investigating the L.A.P.D. since 1996 for excessive force violations, agreed not to pursue a threatened lawsuit against the city.
    In a May 8, 2000 letter to James Hahn, the City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, Bill Lann Lee, the Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division accused the L.A.P.D. of “engaging in a pattern or practice of excessive force, false arrests, and unreasonable searches and seizures in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.”
    The letter noted “serious deficiencies” in the training, supervision, investigations, and discipline of officers, and said the L.A.P.D. failed “to identify and respond to patterns of at-risk officer behavior.” Finally, the Justice Department alleged that the civilian Police Commission and Inspector General did not “have the resources needed to conduct meaningful oversight of the L.A.P.D. in a consistent, ongoing manner.” …

    2006 LAPD Consent Decree Extended (May 16, 2006)
    http://lapdblog.typepad.com/lapd_blog/2006/05/consent_decree_.html
    An excerpt:
    “Today, Judge Gary Feess, extended the entire Consent Decree for an additional three years. This was primarily due to the City of LA’s and the LAPD’s inability to construct and implement the TEAMS II computer system. While both the Judge and the Independent Monitor complimented the men and women of the Department for their commitment, effort and progress that has been made, they believe the entire decree has to be substantially complied with and a partial release is not possible. The City and the Department of Justice had requested that only portions of the decree be extended.”

    Thomas Jefferson once said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

    And a video recorder could help too.

    Thank you for listening.

  13. Brother..It seems like I am in a time warp. This behavior by the police was the norm in my youth. This behavoir motivated the young Blacks to respond in a collective manner. Today, forty years later the Blacks are divided by felons/non-felons, want to be loved by the majority/want to stand as a proud Black man. Want to furtherBlack race/want a South Africa 90s back. Too many division intra-race. Bottom line is to reconize that the police will always do the bidding of the majority. Amerikka need Blacks to be dysfunctional.or entertaining. You know this so when you meet the enemy…BE SMART because Lawd knows those beat-down boys are the dummies in their social stratus.

  14. Thanks Engineer and Larry 55x,

    I agree that this is an age old problem that keeps rearing its ugly head. And the fact that blacks don’t know how to be united in realizing that this IS a problem whether you are a felon or not. I can’t understand how this is even an issue. They are beating people before they even know they are felons.

    And since it makes NO difference whether they are felons or not should be rallying ALL blacks to this cause. We need to stop pandering to the majority and start taking care of our own.

    Thanks for the reply.

  15. Ben

    My view as a white man is that the cops should just leave the predominantly black neighborhoods alone. Let them have their own system of law and order so there can be no charges of the white man’s brutality. Black ruling blacks – well, you can turn to the Congo, Zimbabwe, Somalia, and any other African constituent to find out how that is done.

  16. And while we’re at it, we could look at South Ossetia, the IRA, Nazi Germany, and the Italian mob for good examples of how well white people police other white people.

    Peace

  17. bananarama

    Touche, BrotherPeacemaker.

    Well, kids, one moral of the story may be that Might is rarely Right. The fun lies in trying to formulate an acceptable alternative system with any staying power.

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