EXTRA!!! EXTRA!!! Cops Turn to Prisoner/Inmate as Witness!!!

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It’s Friday, y’all!

I’m going to put it out there .. as usual … T.G.I.F.!!  What a week, heh??  I am near exhausted with this “human theatre” we’ve been witnessing, if you will.  Cops and protestors … dead man being blamed for his own death while we watched a video with an officer’s knee on the young man’s neck as his face was being pressed onto the concrete – and handcuffed. Maybe this was when his voice box got crushed!!!  I mean, this police brutality thing is not “new” (as I think back to the riots, sit-ins and campus takeovers of the’60’s) … it has become more available for us to see … like in the movies!!!  Dang!!  The thing is … this ain’t no movie … unless you’re going to call it “Black Life Matters”.  Now, of course I know that ALL life matters … I’m just saying.  But wouldn’t you agree … whomever you are … that these black men’s lives have been portrayed as “disposable” and depicted as if “it’s okay” to kill them because they have been labeled by society as “criminals” and the people who killed them were the “police”!!??
Yes, of course we all know how honest the police are … in general.  It’s just that sometimes … like in Baltimore last week … when an asthmatic young man with a criminal background ran when he saw the police coming, things turn out different.  Some folks who knew him said he always ran from the police because they would beat him up every chance the Baltimore police got to detain him and question him!!  I can only imagine Freddie saying to himself:  “May as well delay the beating … I can’t call the police … they are the ones chasing me!!” I am sure he didn’t bother to think that … Just delay the fact that they would catch up to him again … slam him face first into the ground …  one “gang member” usually called “the police” (yep … the true thugs!) placed their knee on the back of Freddie’s neck while the other “officers” pelted him with their night sticks, fists and shoes.  What kind of people do this to a near motionless body using his last bits of energy to scream for help?!  Many people heard him yet, no one could help him … Again, because the police were chasing him!!! All most people could do is videotape … and watch this young man go to his death … at the hands of the Baltimore police.
Is it at all possible that “Freddie” .. er … uh Mr. Gray was banging his head on a bolt with a similar shape as the wound in his head!?  Or … is it possible that on the extra “fourth” stop … that this police van ” …. forgot to report that it made …” someone got into the side of the police van with “Freddie” since the “ear witness”/suspect/inmate  … I know, I know it’s supposed to be an eye witness … perhaps banged his head on the bolt of the van … But this is the “honest” Baltimore police that denied this young man medical help for how many hours … not even provide him with an inhaler … just a knee on his neck ….?  Not even a change into jail clothes … a few “hots and a cot” … then maybe a judge or jury … decide his fate and sentence him?!?  Is that the police officer’s job now … to kill suspects BEFORE a trial?!?  Should we eliminate the court system and let these characters run things as if they don’t have to protect and serve anymore while the taxpayers dollars fuel their salaries???  Say … Mr. Gray was banging his head on a bolt in the back of that police van … Why??? Were the police going to do something to him at the “station” that he would rather die before  than experience … again????  THINK … for yourself … don’t be led against logic because someone has been labeled a criminal that he should be killed on the street in cold blood by a group of police officers … who lied about how many stops they made …………
We studied something in sociology called the “diverting the eye” technique/theory that sheds some light as to why certain news channels have plastered their headlines: “Report Shows Gray’s Head Injury Is Shaped Like Bolt In Police Van”.  Still other news station’s stories have reduced themselves to “National Enquirer” level by using another headline: “Prisoner In Other Side of Van Says Gray Was Trying To Injure Himself”.  Is your eye diverted yet from the cop with his knee on Mr. Gray’s neck?  Is it diverted from the other officers beating Gray before he was dragged near life-less to the police van and doubled up like a manikin and thrown in to the van with out being strapped in … and handcuffed!?!  Is it diverted from the initial subject which is “stop police brutality”??  I do remind you of two things here, if you would permit me: 1) I had written before about a complex or tendency most of us have absorbed as part of our socialization into our OWN society called “‘blaming the victim” … think about it; and 2) one woman stated who represents the group “Black Life Matters”: “We know there are some good cops.  It’s just the racist ones we have to find and get out.”  The people around the White House shouted:  “Get rid of racist cops”!”  I conclude, new officers should undergo a battery of tests to determine racial prejudice as well as any tendencies to crack under stress and a tendency to not demonstrate self control at ALL times.  Standards should be raised much higher to become a police officer … just like any other profession!
A brief word to say “so long” to Marianne Weiss, a good friend who will be directing a Boys and Girls Club in North Central Florida (St. Augustine, I believe!) whom I met years ago with the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade.  It was she who introduced me to the Brahma Kumaris where I did a book signing as well as a chat to a fine group of people there in Miami.  I also met Rebecca then, which led to my meeting the Hollywood Group of the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual World University.  Thank you Marianne … best of success … always!
Peace All!
John I. Cook, Director

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