Police Accountability & Professionalism

No one should be mistreated or abused, falsely accused or be a victim of police brutality. It should not matter how poor you are or what color you are or what group or “gang” you are in or whether you were born in the U.S. or whether you are an immigrant – all should be treated with respect, all should be treated fairly, and all should be afforded equal protection of the law. Nothing less is acceptable.

No city or community can be truly great unless it upholds these basic principles. It is recognized that any police department or any organization will commit errors and make mistakes. But police departments in particular should have a sound system of public oversight so that mistakes and errors are quickly corrected.

Unfortunately, in this nation today especially in urban areas, our police force has never been afforded a truly workable civilian oversight process. Consequently, over the years, Police Department across the board developed and sustained a well-entrenched culture of corruption and double standards. By culture of corruption and double standards, I do not mean simply one or two corrupt people. Rather, what has emerged is a deeply entrenched way of life and systematic abuse of officers of the law against its very own citizens it sworn to “serve and protect”. It also manifests to the integrity of the officers who follow the code and respect for the color of the law.

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There exists a system of corruption and double standards within our law enforcement communities. This has been reflected on a daily occurrence by thousands of officers across the nation as an acceptable for of behavior and condoned by superiors.

These superiors and council members appear to be unfit for duty due to their extent of the culture of corruption and double standards. They neither want to be accountable nor responsible for their actions of the actions of others.

Police Departments and certain officers sworn to uphold has been instrumental in maintaining social order, just as any law enforcement agency across this great nation. However, historically there is evidence to a lack of fairness, and double standards relating to enforcement or non-enforcement actions. The contrasts of police action, between the affluent and the poor, the White and the minority, the passive and the vocal, are astounding and well documented.

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The victims of these double standards and lack of professionalism are usually the poor, disenfranchised, minority persons, or anyone who seeks to question the actions of the police. Those that merely question police actions are targeted most often when no crime has been committed.

We need professionalism, accountability and oversight to regain trust. If a crime is committed by an officer of the law, they must be indicted, prosecuted and sentenced to the statutes imposed by law like any other citizen. They do not rise above the law. This change will not come from city administrators, but must come from the citizens.

Many of our leaders must become compliant to the political wheel or the problem will continue to worsen. Administrators use intimidation, retaliation and altered investigations against those citizens who speak out. These tactics can only be successful if the citizenry tolerate and condone such. Only a mass movement, an organized public push, will be strong enough to change the stubborn culture of corruption and double standards.

SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA – CARNAGE

Mass Shootings in America and Innocent Lives Lost. Why are they on the rise? With Newtown behind us, and others just tailing that horrific event, we know have in this past week, 12 navy yard workers killed and eight others injured. Right after that in Chicago, home of Barry aka Barack Obama, 3 were killed and 23 wounded 3 days ago followed d up 2 other shootings leaving 4 dead and others wounded including children . Chicago police were pleased to announce that their homicide rate was down 21% form 389 dead last year to only 305 this year so far. Well, I guess that is something to be proud of. That is just over 1 dead per day.

With the ever tightening of gun regulations and the shredding on the 2nd amendment, prolonged waiting times, detailed background checks, what is being missed and violated? Do criminal offenders wait around for the aforementioned and even fill out a basic application? The ones who went on rampages have not.

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Some say that if putting guns in civilians hands to deter violence is that civilian shooters are less likely to hit their targets than police in these circumstances.” A chaotic scene in August at the Empire State Building put this starkly into perspective when New York City police officers trained in counter-terrorism confronted a gunman and wounded nine innocent bystanders in the process. I know for a fact, that the best trained marksman in the world are not law enforcement but professional civilians. In a certain sense the law was on their side: nearly 80 percent of the killers in our investigation obtained their weapons legally. Some will argue that there is no evidence indicating that arming Americans further will help prevent mass shootings or reduce the carnage in this country but without allowing the use of arms and protecting our 2nd amendment rights, are we just lying down and waiting to be slaughtered?

 

Are you letting the government decide your fate or take away your god given right of your choice to live or to die? Your right to defend yourself, your property or more importantly your family. There is a set of classification; a mass murderer is someone who kills four or more people in a single incident, usually in one location. (As opposed to spree or serial killers, who strike multiple times.) You can exclude cases involving armed robberies or gang violence; which drop the number of fatalities by just one, or including those motives, would add many, many more cases. While access to weapons is a crucial consideration for stemming the violence, stricter gun laws are no silver bullet.

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To me, the key factor is mental illness. A major New York Times investigation in 2000 examined 100 shooting rampages and found that at least half of the killers showed signs of serious mental health problems. Data reveals that the majority of mass shootings are murder-suicides: about half of shooters kill themselves. Others may have committed “suicide by cop”— in which what I found seven died in police shootouts. Mental illness among the killers is no surprise, ranging from paranoid schizophrenia to suicidal depression. But while some states have improved their sharing of mental health records with federal authorities, millions of records reportedly are still missing from the FBI’s database for criminal background checks. If the government really wants to curb gun violence in this country, they first need a strong wake-up call and understand that mass shootings need to be scrutinized as a public health emergency so that policy makers can better focus on controlling the epidemic of violence. It would be no different than if there were an outbreak of Ebola virus. As I always have stated. Guns do not kill people, people kill people and they are generally not of sound mind.

“Memories are hard to forget. Caring for someone is hard to regret. Losing someone is hard to accept but even with all the hurt I’ve felt letting go and moving on is the most painful yet.”