IS THERE ANYONE ON THE ENTIRE PLANET WHO CAN "EXPLAIN" WHY THIS HAPPENED?
AND WHITE FOLKS THINK THAT THEY ARE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST? YEAH. IN SOME GRIMM'S FAIRLY TALE MAYBE.
This has to be the most blatant example of cops out of control that I have ever seen. After identifying himself, explaining the shovel "incident," explaining why he was sitting on the front porch, freely giving the cop his mother's name, spelling his name, respectfully answering a dozen questions he gets beaten up anyway? What the fuck is wrong with these cops? Also note that we are not talking about some inner city crime ridden drug addled Black neighborhood where cops need to fear for their lives. No. In fact this looks like a very solid middle class suburban neighborhood where it's unlikely that any cop should feel apprehensive that he's going to be jumped by some gun-wielding Black thug, which is always the excuse for the "heightened tensions" when cops are stopping someone in some ghetto or inner city neighborhood.
And the DA didn't want to "rehash old evidence?" This is exactly why Black folks simply do not and cannot trust cops and the judicial system. Sure, glad the cop got suspended but he should have been charged with harassment, assault, abuse and excessive force at the very least. How else are cops going to figure out that beating up a Black man sitting on the porch at his mother's house is neither a crime nor some "dangerous activity" worthy of the kind of actions this cop took?
Remember Freddie Gray, the Baltimore youth who died while being transported in a Police van and whose death sparked days of riots in Baltimore? Well, here's one Baltimore ex-cop who sheds some light on why cops treat people like Freddie the way they do. His description of what it's like as a Baltimore cop is probably not all that different from the attitudes of police officers in so many cities across the country.
Note, if you will, Michael's description of "community policing" in Baltimore as basically a fiction. Sadly, this is not all that unusual around the country where the term "community policing" is little more than a police public relations slogan rather than a web of policies and practices designed to actually improve police and community relations. We all know that the problem is not a "few bad apples" but a much broader systemic problem where police tag all Black folks - Black men in particular - as dangerous and violent no matter what the individual circumstances. What this pervasive attitude leads to, is a "shoot first; ask questions later" modus operandi that continues to taint police forces all around the country. Until this changes - and it's not going to go away by itself - we will be faced with more of the incidents faced by Dejaun Yourse sitting on a porch, Freddy Gray, Philando Castile, Terence Crutcher and Eric Garner to name a few.
More about the Dejaun Yourse incident is here:
COPS BEATS BLACK MAN SITTING ON PORCH
There is simply no excuse for what happened to Dejuan Yourse. But until the cocoon of protection that shields police officers (police unions, internal affairs units, District Attorneys, State Prosecutors) is broken and officers are held accountable for their actions, we will continue to have more cases like the case of Dejaun Yourse and Freddy Gray and continued protests against the kinds of racist police actions and excesses they represent.
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