Thursday, September 4, 2014

Food for Thought: Big Brother is Watching....Big Brother

"All I ask of food is that it doesn't harm me." Michael Palin (Monty Python's Flying Circus)

Now, if only NYPD and all other police precincts across the country could follow suit. As with warning labels on foods the police should wear a label that says, "can be hazardous and even deadly when in contact with Blacks or Latinos". 

Disclaimer: this does not apply to all police officers but the ones that have tarnished the reputation of many and particularly those with blood-stained hands.

NYC is testing a new program and fitting 60 officers from five precincts with body cameras. The precinct with the highest recorded stop and frisks in each borough will be the first to don the body cams. The 75th Precinct in East New York; the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem; the 40th Precinct in the South Bronx; the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Queens; the 120th Precinct in Staten Island. It will be interesting to see if this will be a deterrent. It is still not quite clear what the procedure will be regarding when to use and when not to use but our chances cannot be any worse than they are without them.  Fergusson is a reality for most Blacks and Latinos in America. Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Patrick Dorismond, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Michael Brown to name a very few. It is said that a Black man is killed every 28 hours by an officer. Even if the killing is justified, this is horrendous. It seems like gentrification has a new face. 

Either way the fate of Black America is depressingly dire. If the cops don't kill us, We're  doing a pretty good job of doing it ourselves. Not sure which is sadder. Neither option sits well with me. I am eternally grateful to the creator for blessing me with a daughter and pray every night for the safety of "our" sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, nephews and friends. Perhaps if we truly adopted the notion of loving our neighbor the world would be a safer place for every race.

Until then, let's see where the cameras leave us. Hopefully, not unplugged.

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