An ongoing list of a diminished brand of Americanism.
Let me introduce you to my media feed, from March 19, 2021 to date. It is a daily reminder of how many police view the people under non-White skin.
I’ll update this list while I write and promote the ≅FIX OR FIRE SERIES: Changing the Police Culture by Making Departments Fire sergeants, Lieutenants, Captains, Majors, Deputies and Chiefs Putting Defective Agents in Our Neighborhoods, Homes and Businesses.
~April 23 — U.S. Park Police want state involuntary manslaughter case for killing unarmed motorist dismissed
~April 22 — Police department apologizes for post critical of Floyd. (suggesting Floyd may have survived had he been as calm as Chauvin when Chauvin was cuffed after his conviction)
~April 22 (THU) —Virginia Man Shot by Sheriff’s Deputy After Calling 911 for Help.
~April 22 (THU) — Police video shows officer using stun gun on handcuffed man.
🌿BEFORE WE CONTINUE, NEVER FORGET THAT WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
The culture will only evolve when the culture appreciates that mediocrity comes with a pink slip. When leaders up and down the police supervision chain fail to do their jobs, they must be cut from the force with intent: sergeants, lieutenants, captains, majors, deputies, chiefs as the facts demand. It is up to us to motivate police departments to routinely engage these leaders.
This five-part series walks us through what it means, how to do it, and why it is the deal-breaker of deal-breakers in reforming American policing. It pushes a basic demand we have never once advanced as one voice of one nation. We can do this. But like with misconduct and excessive force, we must rise up as one impossible-to-ignore swing.
End this crippling loop of Rodney King Groundhog Days. Here is how; it is a choice; and, the choice is yours.
To change the police culture, you must change the culture makers. CULTURE=CULTURE MAKERS.
≅PART I. OUR RELATIONSHIP IS WITH THE DEPARTMENT.
≅PART II. THE DEPARTMENT MUST (AND CAN) CORRAL THE POLICE.
≅PART III. A DEPARTMENT DOING ITS JOB NEUTRALIZES THE UNION.
≅PART IV. YOUR SERGEANT, LIEUTENANT, CAPTAIN, MAJOR, & DEPUTY NON-ACCOUNTABILITY IS KILLING A PEOPLE.
≅PART V. FIX THEM OR WE FIRE THEM AND YOU.
He who suffers the consequences is motivated to drive the change. CONSEQUENCES=CHANGE.
. . . BACK TO SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING
“[Officer Steven Pascarella stated] that if she could complain about an inability to breathe, she must, in fact, be able to breathe.”
“We can’t even ride bikes now… I’m not surprised. I’m just angry.” ~⁶Kid
~April 20 — (the day of the Chauvin verdict) “Columbus Police Fatally Shoot Black Teen Who Called Them for Help”
The judge, “who is white, asked the colleague, who is Black, why Black people can use the [nigger]-word, but not white people. She also asked whether it is different ending with an ‘er’ or an ‘a.”
~April 16 — “Knoxville Police Chief supports release of bodycam video of Austin-East shooting” — 17-year old Black Teen.
Authorities say the officer “apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop.”
~March 20 — “6-year-old black boy arrested for picking a tulip.”
Before you engage me or others, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Catherine Pugh is an Attorney at Law and former Adjunct Professor at the Temple University, Japan. She developed and taught Race and the Law for its undergraduate program, and Evidence, Criminal Law, and Criminal and Civil Procedure for its law program. She has worked for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, and was a Public Defender for the State of Maryland. The view expressed here are personal. Nothing in this or any Medium writing is a legal recommendation, legal advice, or a legal opinion.
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