December 04, 2014

Police prejudiced against blacks

With two more black victims of police--Tamir Rice and Eric Garner--joining Michael Brown in the news, let's delve deeper into what's happening. First, whatever could be causing white police to kill young black men?

‘I hate n*ggers. That is all’: 5 Ohio deputies probed for years of racist text messages

By David EdwardsSheriff Plummer said that the deputies sent racial messages on their personal phones between November 2011 and January 2013. Some messages were sent while the men were on duty, and some messages were directed at African-American deputies, he said.

“The N-word was used several times as well as other racial slurs and jokes,” Plummer noted. “Racism will not be tolerated in this office.”

WKEF reported that it had obtained “hundreds of pages of text messages.” One read: “What do apples and black people have in common? They both hang from trees.”

“I hate N*ggers. That is all,” another text message said.

“Very simply put, they’re N*ggers, son,” one deputy wrote.
These Comments By Cops on the Eric Garner Decision Will Turn Your Stomach

By Matt AgoristPerhaps only slightly less disturbing than these officers’ callous, racist, and repugnant remarks, is their grammar.

A recurring theme among these LEOs, is calling anyone who disagrees with a cop, a “thug.” In the comment below buddy245 is likely talking about protesters when he says, “chasing around these thugs.”

In perhaps the most disturbing comment from this article, user SAPDMAS refers to a group of humans as “ungrateful, spoiled, hateful animals.” Way to show your true colors SAPDMAS.

With cops dehumanizing people in this manner, is it any wonder that they resort to deadly force so quickly?
Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are. There’s only one fix.

By Redditt Hudson[I]n 1994, I joined the St. Louis Police Department. I quickly realized how naive I’d been. I was floored by the dysfunctional culture I encountered.

I won’t say all, but many of my peers were deeply racist.

One example: A couple of officers ran a Web site called St. Louis Coptalk, where officers could post about their experience and opinions. At some point during my career, it became so full of racist rants that the site administrator temporarily shut it down. Cops routinely called anyone of color a “thug,” whether they were the victim or just a bystander.

This attitude corrodes the way policing is done.

As a cop, it shouldn’t surprise you that people will curse at you, or be disappointed by your arrival. That’s part of the job. But too many times, officers saw young black and brown men as targets. They would respond with force to even minor offenses. And because cops are rarely held accountable for their actions, they didn’t think too hard about the consequences.
Comment:  For more on Ferguson, see Indians, Blacks Are America's "Others" and Wilson's Testimony in Ferguson Shooting.

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