Chicago, IL — A brutality honest moment was captured on camera during a random instance of racial profiling by Chicago’s finest.
In the brief video, a police officer who was dressed in plainclothes explains to the two men being detained that he has to pull over black people.
“It’s all black people that live here, so I got no choice but to f**king pull over black people,” explains the officer on how he is forced to harass people just to do his job. “If you don’t like it,” says the cop, “then move.”
The man filming then replies, “I ain’t gotta go nowhere.”
The cop then callously states that they can just take the harassment. “Then sit around and bitch, I don’t give a f**k.”
The cop then explains to these two young men that them filming him, is of no consequence as to how he will act. He tells the pair that if they “think the camera is gonna make a difference to you as to what the f**k I say, you’re incorrect.”
The harsh honesty of this officer, while shocking to an outsider, is a common notion among the residents of Chicago’s inner-city neighborhoods.
As Tamar Manasseh, the mom behind the creation of MASK (Mothers Against Senseless Killings) explains, the police are the largest obstacle their town faces when it comes to their mission of reducing violence in the community.
I thought the kids and the violence would be the hardest part but it turns out that the police are.
We notify police officials when we do patrols and they are fine with it. But there’s a breakdown in communication with the guys on the ground. I’ve had officers threaten to “clear” me off the corner.
Once, we were singing happy birthday to a kid and an officer drove by and flipped us off. Another time, an officer accused a 14-year-old boy of saying “f**k the police!” Before we knew it, the kid was pressed against a car and four other police cars, each containing four officers had driven up. Everyone was screaming and yelling. It could have really escalated if I hadn’t diffused it. You know, an unarmed man was killed by police in Englewood just last week.
I wanted us to bridge between the police and community, but that isn’t possible. We are there to protect the community and I tell the kids that—I’m here to protect you from both yourselves and any outside enemy, including the police.
To these officers, they are soldiers, the city of Chicago their battlefield, and its residents — enemy combatants.
No one here is denying the instances of black on black crime, which is a horrible reality. However, with police officers, like the one in the video below, what options does a troubled teen have?
After telling the young men to “move” if they don’t like being shaken down and harassed by cops, the officer deals one final blow to any possibility of community outreach. He says, “Mike Brown got what he deserved.”
Even if everything Darren Wilson claimed to have happened was true, Mike Brown most assuredly did not deserve a death sentence. The only thing this officer did by saying what he said is prove to these to men that police are their enemy and the lives of young men, expendable.
So grows the divide between the police and the policed.
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As the police accountability movement chugs on, there seems to be a general theme of more laws and more government to fix the problem of an out of control government. However, that is only going to add to America’s problems.
A real solution that would have a near instantaneous effect on crime, recidivism, and police and community relations would be to get rid of the laws that are causing most of the turmoil; END THE DRUG WAR.
The overwhelming majority of police to citizen interactions stem from the state’s need to control what people can and cannot put into their own bodies. By outlawing certain substances, demand does not decrease, it only gets diverted into the black market. The drug war creates crime this way and the government knows it.
Criminal gangs form to protect sales territory and supply lines. They then monopolize the control of the constant demand. Their entire operation is dependent upon police arresting people for drugs.
The high-level distribution chains and bosses are rarely even sought, much less arrested. However, the illegality of drug possession and use is what keeps the low-level users and dealers in and out of the court systems.
This revolving door of creating and processing criminals fosters the phenomenon known as Recidivism. Recidivism is a fundamental concept of criminal justice that shows the tendency of those who are processed into the system and the likelihood of future criminal behavior.
The War on Drugs creates criminals every single minute of every single day. The system is setup in such a way that it fans the flames of violent crime by essentially building a factory that turns out violent criminals.
When drugs are legalized, gang violence drops — drastically. Not only does it have a huge effect on the localized gangs in America, but the legalization of drugs is crippling to the violent foreign drug cartels too.
Until Americans educate themselves on the cause of this violence, uninformed and corrupt lawmakers will continue to focus on controlling and profiting off of the symptoms.
We will see more senseless killings and more innocent lives stripped of opportunity by getting entangled in the system. It is high time we end the war on drugs.
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