Sunday, July 26, 2009

President Improves the Nation's Cultural Literacy Regarding Level 3 Attacks on AA's

The President and Dr. Gates have had the Testicular fortitude to shine light on Level 3 Attacks on African Americans and Latino's in America. Now the question is, can the Nation understand the difference between level 1, 2 and 3 police attacks on American citizens and gather the courage to put a stop to them once and for all? (Video)

By now, if you are alive in America, you have seen the story of the Rogue Cop Crowley's attack on the AA Dr. Gates in his home (or whatever version you saw). If you missed the story here is a short video update.

The objective of this article is to raise Cultural Literacy regarding how many African Americans view the relationship of police to their communities and what can be done to improve it.

Historically Police/African American relationships suffer a legacy of America's original sin. Originally part of the Policeman's job was to attack and capture enslaved Africans that have escaped the enslaver. Fast forwarding to the present, some laws and practices have changed and the advent of African American police officers and positive policing in AA Communities is a relatively new idea, that is unfortunately still plagued with rogue cops and attacks on the AA/LA community.

There are three levels of attacks as I understand it.

Level One: Deadly Force Attacks e.g. law abiding AA citizen shot 40 times in the doorway of his home in New York city. Video Example, AA murdered by police captured on cellphone video Click Here

Level Two: Physical Beating Attacks e.g. Rodney King beating, Video Example: Cop attacks AA ambulance and hart attack patient Click Here

Level Three: Abuse of Power Attacks, (unjustified Culturally poisoned verbal abuse, harassment, and/or unlawful imprisonment.) e.g. the Crowley attack on Dr. Gates. "Profiling" is part of level three police attacks but it is only the tip of the iceberg. The process of what happens during a level 3 (typically invisible police attack) and how to prevent it is the real issue.

What is the issue in the Gates incident? We don't have all the facts to make an informed judgment regarding this particular incident. If no police activity went unrecorded we would have the facts.

What is the Solution:

The new incoming head of the NAACP advocates that AA's arm themselves with cell phone video camera's capture all police interaction with citizens in the community automatically as a matter of habit. I would add my recommendations as follows, all police, in addition to police car and interrogation camera's, should be required to wear pin hole badge cameras (gun shot, loud voice and elevated hart/pulse rate activated). A special FBI unit should be set up to hunt down rogue cops. Any officer of the court caught doing a crime should get twice the time.

Badges must be prominently displayed. Any cop asked by a citizen for his/her name and badge #, and fails to immediately give it should result in automatic termination. Police officers are servants of the people not the other way around. We must control the thin line between criminals and cops if we are to remain free.

Cultural Caveat: Dr. (Skip) Gates is also known in some quarters of the African American community as skip the truth Gates for his skipping Classical African Civilization, Kemet (Ancient Egypt) in his African TV tour/history documentary. Gates is married to a Non-AA and considers himself 57% white (according to his DNA).

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