The TRUTH Shall Come Into the Light!

speak the truth


Happy Monday, All!
Here’s to hoping that you each had a wonderful weekend!  It was very eventful there in Baltimore and other major cities across this nation demonstrating support for the “killing” of Freddie Gray by six officers.  I am hoping that Baltimore City’s State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, can pull together the proper factions in the process to get these “characters” convicted.  At least they have been charged.  The people continued their peaceful protests and gatherings in Baltimore to support each other and Mr. Gray’s family yesterday, in spite of all the critics of peaceful protests who like to view these as “lootings and destruction” from the “underclass” in this country.  There are two different groups … the underclass is the smaller group, in terms of their behavior.  Don’t mix the facts, critics!
It is amazing to me how many newscasts state that “Freddie Gray died being transported after being arresting for carrying a switchblade knife, which wasn’t illegal.”  Are these reporters kidding me?!?  Those officers had NO REASON to touch Mr. Gray other than that they HAD arrested him in the past for drug charges.  (Do you know any movie stars who have drug charges, ie. Charlie Sheen? … but police don’t treat him like that!)  For all it’s worth, this is the brainwashing that goes on here when it comes to the issue of police brutality and racism.  In fact, out of the six officers arrested in Baltimore, three were minorities (3 African Americans – 1 female, and three white officers).  This goes to show you even more that on this micro level of analysis, “police brutality” is a syndrome that officers experience when they are not “fit” – emotionally, psychologically and socially – to do such a challenging job and become “less than human” THEMSELVES when dealing with “suspects” or just “African American men” … period!  We know this better than anyone else … it has been this way since we were brought here as a people to build this nation!!!  The reason we are a major threat to “them” is because “the founding fathers” and those who used “slavery” as a free economic work force KNEW that this was inhumane in the first place.  They also tried to “head us off at the pass” before we became intelligent enough in THIS system to occupy positions and serve the country well, as evidenced by the POTUS Barack Obama and now, the youngest attorney general I’ve heard of, Mrs. Marilyn Mosby.
The beautiful thing is that many of Mosby’s family members also served in the police forces and they know full well what really goes on in those circles of “racist” police officers who also may engage in brutal treatment of non-suspects, suspects and citizens alike!!  The issue is of “police brutality” and I stick to my suggestion in earlier writings that there needs to be a revamping and ultimate “raising of the bar” to become a law enforcement officer.  As well, I hope it comes to the light, but it is clear that the “press” is hard at work with it’s racist tendencies to get folks to believe that Mr. Gray died from injuries suffered DURING transporting him, without proper medical aid, and not being secured properly while having his legs secured as well as his hands cuffed during that “fatal ride”.  I suggest that he was injured when the officer put his knee on the BACK of his neck while he was face DOWN on the cement.  Try that on someone and see how much “they” like it.  This is how his voice box got crushed.  While the officers were beating him like crazed animals, they hurt this man!!  Did you see his legs dragging BEFORE they threw him into the back of the police van?!?!  His vertebrae had already been separated as evidenced by his leg dragging as the officers had to literally hold him up BEFORE throwing him into the back of that police van!!!  Believe it …. (your eyes) or not … (their lies)!!!
One Archbishop who held a service yesterday near where Mr. Gray was attacked and beaten by these six officers stated: “We must acknowledge that people who have been [mistreated] and are powerless … and see NO WAY OUT … have the right to express their frustration.”  This “frustration” has been engineered (through racism and economic deprivation) by the same society that their (our) ancestors built and now suffer in … due to attempts to keep African Americans ignorant.  Don’t forget now, that during slavery, the plantation owners – the rich ones and the dirt poor ones who had a slave or two – forbade the slaves to learn to read.  Tell that to Mrs. Mosby’s ancestors and they will be laughing at “you”, so to speak, and applauding her for being in the right place at the right time!
We all can “see” the truth, now let’s hope this system, also built by the same humans who once relegated women and ethnic minorities to “servants” and second class citizens, can provide the vehicles to expose this human tragedy we suffer from called “police brutality”.  Have a great day and pray for “the truth to come to the light” … it is overdue!

John I. Cook, Director

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

dog witness

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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