Endangered Species “Hands up Don’t Shoot”

The non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri has created a national call to conscience that is echoing across multiple cites in our nations. As citizens are taking to the streets in support of Michael Browns family the systematic assaults and murdering of African Americans must stop. On the night of the announcement it was reported 12 plus buildings were torched, businesses were looted, protesters were tear gassed, and 80 arrests were conducted because of America’s caste legal system that operates within the implicit boundaries of separatism and the oppression of minority’s. These reactions were explosive due to the constant abuses of peace officers in this nation. As I watch and observe the divisive argument that is fueled by prejudicial stereotypes and racial disharmony it saddens me. With sadness comes pain and through pain I hope will come truth. Dr. King postulated in his revered I Have a Dream Sermon, “Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. We can never be satisfied as long as the African American is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality” (August, 1963). Nonviolence is the only way to approach bigotry, prejudice, separatism, and ignorance. Hear me when I say racial sensitivity is not the collective proposition of your lawmakers however its your duty to dismantle the disparaging perceptions of others. Don’t be fooled by the media attention to the plight unless the world takes action and underpins new legislation the Michael Brown Bill ( personal video cams on peace officers) will you begin to see a change. You wanna know why, because , when the eyes of the world are upon you the pendulum will always swing in your favor. The need for prosecuting officials to disguise their tracks through manipulated grand juries will no longer be a feature to hide their murderous acts and there pursuits to dehumanizing people of color.
Namaste, Taylor
(Retired Peace Officer)

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