We are in the midst of a crisis, our young black men and women are in perpetual and potential danger when in contact with law enforcement, there can be no denying this when white people are safely disarmed and put in custody during police encounters. Prior to the cellphone, how many black people were killed, we can’t ever know because there are no statistics or data base available to us on police shootings of civilians, but with the advent of the individual video, we are now being clued in to the pervasive nature of racism and its existence in many police departments. The question that stands before us is what are we going to do about it? We have to root out the “bad apples”, we need to employ police officers who live within the communities that they patrol, we need to increase and upgrade their training, we see too much reliance on deadly force when it should be used as a last resort and we need our police departments to not only be held accountable by external civilian controls, but also internally, the brotherhood seems to be a noble concept but it should not stand in the way of disciplining rogue police officers. As we have tragically seen, this is a nationwide issue, it has to be addressed at every level from the top down. We have a grave responsibility to our fellow African-American men and women, we must keep this at the forefront of our public conversation.
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