Sunday, December 7, 2014

Police forces and our civil rights under attack

In general, people continue to be stupid.  While we are all guilty of stupidity sometimes, others are too often more adept at it

While black people and others have a legitimate "gripe" about what transpired recently in Staten Island, NY, the events in Ferguson, MO may not be as apparent.  In either case, people becoming violent at so-call "protests" across the nation really don't comprehend fully what they are doing and how it may affect our nation in the immediate future.

The police are not the enemy.  We need the police.  it’s a handful of them that are out of control at times.  It has always been that way and most likely always will be.  It’s the nature of the beast.

In addition, it is up to the black population and communities in our country to change the status quo and the image of black people by rising up from much of the actions and criminal activities going on in these communities.  Naturally many blacks are law-abiding and valuable citizens.  However, the public view is that all or the majority of blacks may be violent, aggressive, drug-involved, gang-related, government-aided and unemployed population.

If blacks want to change that view they need to get involved at the community level and start to promote the change necessary to build a different view, thereby, changing the national outlook on blacks and also how the police view them.  It is also a huge opportunity for blacks to provide a better future for their children and for generations to come.  The black community with the help of local police must work together and rid neighborhoods of criminal elements and inappropriate behavior.  That's the best way for change.

If these ongoing street “protests” continue to become violent and if the powers that be increase a tighter oversight over police actions, we will have not only a weakened and ineffective police force throughout states, cities, counties and towns, but we may be moving more quickly towards greater military involvement into our daily activities.  In that scenario there may be even more force on the American people and our civil liberties may vanish in the process.  And if we go that route we will move even further away from being a democratic republic than we already are.

The time for change in now, but it must be in an intelligent and peaceful progression.
Below is an article showing one instance of violent protest.  Others are brewing all over our nation.

Below this line I have placed links to some articles that are considering action and/or increased oversight of police forces throughout the nation.  Feel free to read and to share with others.  We need to remain informed.

"Time for honest conversation on racism says NYC mayor"

"Are police tactics the problem?"

"Police departments scrambling to reduce excessive force"

"Body cameras worn by police 'are no safeguard of truth' experts say" 

Two police officers injured as Berkeley protest turns violent

December 6, 2014: Police officers deploy tear gas against violent protesters in Berkeley, Calif. (Courtesy KTVU)
Two officers were injured Saturday night as a California protest over police killings turned violent with protesters smashing windows and throwing rocks and bricks at police, who responded by firing tear gas, authorities said.
Several officers were struck, but there were just two reports of injury, Berkeley police spokeswoman Jenn Coats said.  A Berkeley police officer received hospital treatment for a dislocated shoulder after being hit with a sandbag, while another sustained minor injuries.
The demonstration against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York began peacefully, the latest of several in the Bay Area in recent days. But Coats said that a some protesters later broke away and began throwing rocks, bottles and pipes at officers.
Dozens of law officers from several surrounding agencies joined Berkeley police in trying to quell the unrest, which included protesters attempting to access Interstate 80 and stop traffic. A California Highway Patrol officer told KTVU that the protesters did not make it onto the freeway and only caused temporary delays.
She said several businesses on University Avenue were vandalized and damaged, including Trader Joe's, Radio Shack and a Wells Fargo Bank branch.
"A small splinter group from the original protests continues to march in Berkeley," Coats said in a statement issued shortly before at 11 p.m. PST. "Unfortunately this group has become violent and continues to throw objects, including rocks and bricks at officers."
She said officers attempting to get the crowd to disperse used tear gas.
"Several dispersal orders have been given, and the crowd has ignored the orders. In response to the violence officers have utilized tear gas and smoke in an effort to disperse the crowd," she said.
Police did not provide further details of any injuries or arrests.
"The total number of arrests and injuries is not known at this time," Coats' statement said.
KTVU reported that approximately 400 people took part in the protest march, which was planned to proceed from the University of California, Berkeley campus to Oakland's Civic Center. The station reported that officers closed two Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations due to the protest, but later re-opened them.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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