Baltimore: You Weren’t Paying Attention – Part 2
People are seeing two sides here and there are not. In Baltimore and many other cities in America, black American citizens are having their 5th (due process) and 14th amendment (equal protection) rights violated. These are Many are saying they feel sad, angry, unsafe, shaken, scared. You weren’t paying attention.
Black people fear gangs, robbers and drug dealers because they’re criminals. Black people fear police because they will violate your civil rights and nothing will happen. The bad guys amongst them will be arrested, tried and convicted. The police do not live under the same system as we do. No one condones violence or criminality, but people who do those things are rightly labeled criminals. When police kill people, there are no arrests, trials or convictions. There are settlements, minor penalties, and reinstitution back into the force.
You will not find a single black person in Baltimore city who has not themselves or someone they know experienced police brutality. Kids are hurling bricks at cops screaming out their brothers and friends who have been killed by police. Many claim that they were criminals and had it coming? Can we honestly say, with the countless examples we have seen thanks to technology and admissions from police officers and lawyers of corruption, that every person deemed to be a “criminal” by the police may not indeed be a criminal?
Forget the fact that contact with the criminal justice system (falsely or not) effectively ends citizenship status if you are poor or a minority, people are being killed by those who have been charged as public servants to protect and serve. it is a fundamental violation of constitutional rights. It was happening in Baltimore City and nothing was done. If you are focused on protesters and rioters, it means you still aren’t paying attention just like you weren’t before. I predict protests will continue past 10 pm.
Baltimore: You Weren’t Paying Attention – Part 1