Friday, February 11, 2005


Once again here in L.A. the black community is up in arms over a police shooting involving a 13 year old black boy who stole a car, lead police on a 4 minute chase and then attempted to back the automobile into said officers, resulting in one of the officers firing 10 shots into the car ultimately killing the young boy. You might recall earlier last year actually another black man, Stanley Miller, high-speed 21-mile car chase and foot pursuit through Los Angeles, ending in his final apprehension by several officers, one of which beat on him with a standard issue flash light. Once again, black leaders cried foul and racism, police brutality. Amazing!

If you would recall, we had a similar situation back in the 90's with an individual named Rodney King. Which subsequently lead to the officers being acquitted and a riot ensuing as a result. Is this the same thing all over again? My answer, surprisingly enough is yes, it is. But not from the perspective of police brutality or racism, but from the stand point of blatant political meandering, hypocrisy, blind anger, hatred, and ignorance. Not on the part of the officers in question in any of the incidents but with our city and community leaders along with the residents of Los Angeles, particularly black people.

If blacks don't wake up soon we surely will have another L.A. riot on our hands and for what? A convicted felon and car thief hit over the head with a flashlight for resisting arrest? A 13 year old boy, who stole a car for a joy ride at 2 or 3 am, and for all we know was involved with gangs and demonstrated problem behavior prior to this incident? I'm sorry but it is just not worth it. One thing I noticed in all of the Mainstream Media reporting, no one ever comments about the home life of the alleged victim. No one emphasizes the character of the so called victim. Who is he? Why were the police interested in arresting or confronting him? The actual crime that is committed, which lead to the subsequent herrassmentof the "victim" is never called into question. It is blatantly de-emphasized and the integrity of the LAPD and the officers in particular are put under a microscope. Anyone who says otherwise is either racist or ignorant. A good example of this is in this LA Times editorial where the argument is made that the LAPD has a culture of shoot first ask questions later. I ask, is that really at issue here? While I would agree that it is possible that the officer didn't have to fire as many shots or even at all, this one incident should not be used as an indictment of the LAPD. This has been the case for many years now and is still going on today. Black leaders and the press are quick to scream racism for ratings or media attention. Therefore the truth is put to the side never to see the light of day.

In the case of the 13 year old boy, Devin Brown , it is tragic that this incident occured. It is horrible that he will never have the chance to grow up, graduate high school and become a real man, but what is even more tragic is that first and foremost, he is being made into a martyr with the use of such terms as "...the slaying of Devin Brown...", etc., when he is definately not a martyr nor was it a slaying. His death should be a lesson learned for his mother, teachers and the community at large regarding the state of our black youth today. Yet, another article in the LA Times makes excuses for Brown's behavior with statements like Brown was a "go-with-the-flow" kind of boy", and as one having "... a sweetness about him,". This all sounds good but it doesn't preclude the fact that he, along with another youth, stole a car and lead the police on a chase in that stolen car, then through the use of that car resisted arrest. And while the article does point out that prior to this incident Devin Brown's behavior had begun to change for the worst, including missing a month of class at one point and hanging out with the wrong crowd, it is played down to a point of harmlessness. Being used to somehow justify outrage towards the police and imply that it was unnecessary for the officer to shoot since he wasn't a hardened criminal.

Ultimately, the truth of the matter is this, the officer who fired the shots didn't know Brown nor had no way of knowing what kind of boy he was, whether a good kid or not. He was in the moment, defending the public good by stopping a car thief who, for all we know now, attempted to end that officers life with that automobile. Instead of holding vigils, townhall meetings, and crying racsim, which only serve to incite more hatred, anger and bitterness in the community towards the police, why not allow a mother to mourn the death of her son properly, in peace and in private. Then allow the processes in place to reveal what really happened on that early morning. Whether or not this officer used bad judgement isn't the point, and will not justify the actions of many of these so called black leaders using racism as an excuse for every unfortunate occurance within the black community.

If anything, the incidents with Rodney King, Devin Brown, Stanley Miller, and Donovan Jackson should wake the black community up to a harsh reality, that our black men are misguided and in trouble and need real, serious help ASAP! I believe the only way to save the black man is through the truth. The truth about responsibility, accountability, racism and ultimately about our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.


Michael_the_Archangel said...

We had a couple of incidents like that over last couple years. One involved a crack addict who was in a car that was stopped. She was in the backseat, the driver had already been taken into custody. They asked her to get out of the car - this is at 3:00AM - she refuses, an officer tries to get in the car to pull her out, she lunges forward starts the car, shoves it in gear and tries to get away. The officer was halfway in the car, being dragged by the car, eventually pulls his gun and shoots and kills her. The black community went nuts, she didn't have a weapon - ignoring the fact that a 3600 lb. car IS a weapon when it's moving. She was the mother of two kids - great role model, addicted to crack and out at 3:00AM, doing ... well, it doesn't take much imagination, but I'm going to guess it didn't go hand-in-hand with great parenting. The officer was acquitted but they made his life bad enough that he quit and had to move to another city.

Take responsibility for your own actions folks. When something happens to you, it doesn't always mean that you are a victim, maybe, just MAYBE, you brought it on yourself due to your actions.

Karen Marie said...

We have a current case here in Milwaukee. Two gentlemen who were entertainers at a bachelorette party were invited by two of the partygoers to go to another house party afterwards, at the home of an off-duty police officer. When racial comments were overheard, the gentlemen and their lady companions went back to the truck of one of the ladies. At least a half-dozen off-duty, possibly drunken, police officers, forcibly removed Mr. Jude from the truck, beat him to a bloddy pulp, stripped him, etc., used force on one of the ladies to attempt to stop a call to 911, when on-duty police arrived falsely claimed Mr. Jude had stolen a badge, and when Mr. Jude was put in the paddy wagon, his car keys were stolen and used to vandalize his vehicle. Mr. Jude had multiple broken bones including the left eye socket bone, and also facial mutilation.
Four police are suspended _with_pay_, and an extremely rare grand jury investigation is in progress, and being stalled by police officers' refusal to cooperate with the investigation .....

But, say some, it's all Mr. Jude's fault, what was a mixed-race gentleman doing going to a party with a Swedish lady anyhow? [groan, frown, stern look]

karen marie

Jerry McClellan said...

If that is what you summize from this post then you've missed the whole point Karen. What happened to Mr. Jude is an atrocity, so is the incident involving the 13 y/o Brown. No one here is exonerating the officer for his actions, Yet, it is no excuse to continue to incite more bitterness within the minority community. Most if not all of the leaders involved with the Devin Brown incident are merely race-baiting for political exposure, none are actually offering up real, tangible solutions. Including Bernard Parks, who while he was chief himself supported officers in similar incidents, citing that most of the crime committed in this city is by black males, therefore they will be the ones who will be harmed the most. But now he has flipped on his stance and comes off overly sympathetic, almost pandering to the high emotion of the moment.