The NRA and other gun lobbyists have created a paranoid class of people who are afraid of their own shadows
And don't fail to leave out local law enforcement around the country in many cities. Many helped to create, encourage and even inspire the George Zimmermans at those local neighborhood group meetings where they were in attendance. They helped to encourage and spread suspicion, fear, mistrust, paranoia and even hatred which led to division and hostility in many communities. Some of'em were even congratulating and applauding GZ for standing his ground; cuz, afterall, Trayvon Martin was nothing but a "thug" after all, who got suspended from school (which really ain't at all hard to do these days), smoked marijuana (which lots of young people have done, even some of them in their own youth, and even in their adulthood) and posted pics of himself on his facebook page some found offensive. But it was the medicated, boozing and violent GZ with a violent history long before he crossed paths with TM that got all the praise and was suppose to be the poster boy for the NRA, gun rights nuts, the SYG law and even some local law enforcement around the country. This is what taken your neighborhood back was suppose to be all about.
SYG is a most evil, wicked, barbaric, uncivilized and hideous law. These present Oops and screw-up and collateral damage are only dry runs for their real intentions. You'd have to travel back into darker periods in American history to understand how similar laws were changed, created, manipulated or totally done away with to allow such tragedies to take place with impunity. Like in that darker period, future generations will be left to deal with the shame, blame, and cleaning up the do do present generations are creating; long after we're all dead and gone. Give a 100 years or so.
footnote Addressing only the SYG law without including the Castle Doctrine law in many states will not help correct the mess. The wordings in the SYG and Castle Doctrine and other laws like them now on the books in a lot of states have become so interchangeable that wordings in those laws are eerily similar to the SYG law and the present rules written in them will still apply even if the SYG law is ruled totally unconstitutional. So someone needs to alert the people who are horrified by the tragic results of SYG law and advise them to take a closer look at the other laws, including long standing Castle Doc laws, that have been tweaked and created to compliment or even include SYG.
Lost in this discussion/debate is the fact that the feds frequently round up large numbers of white suspects charged with manufacturing methamphetamine or trafficking illegal prescription narcotics.
Only in recent times did they start arresting meth makers and users. Meth dates much farther back than crack. More than 60 years in fact, However, it was during the crack-cocaine craze of the 1980s that laws were changed and crack users received hefty fines and long prison sentences for getting caught with small amounts of crack on them. Not even when people started blowing up their homes and apartments from overcooking meth, and some severely burning their children and themselves, some resulting in deaths, did they seriously go after meth. Then when they did decide to go after meth, that's when drug courts were created to minimize the damage to families. They didn't like seeing so many little white kids ending up in foster care.
see: The NewYorker: Sept. 3 2013 titled Throwaways
See who, how and what's really behind the exploding drug problems in the U.S. Manufactured gangs, manufactured terrorists have become nothing more than job security for some professions.
RE/john3182: "Yet, you are comparing violent criminals that have murdered innocent victims"
So fishing without a license is now considered a violent crime? Only in America! A country with the highest population of prisoners in the world. That's including any developed, developing, under-developed and even rogue/corrupt countries.
When a person is incarcerated, even for minor offenses, it negatively affects and disrupts entire households, financially and emotionally. A criminal record for one family member not only has a negative affect on that lone individual, but can affect other family members and even their offspring well into and up to another generation.
All of this stems from the 1980s, when young black men were being arrested for having too many dollar bills on them during routine stops in primarily black communities. Some were even arrested for having car freshners hanging from their rearview mirror. The reason for both was: "It could be a sign of drugs." When did America start arresting people for a "could-be" or a "maybe?" But that's the way police were operating in primarily poor black communities. That set the stage for what has morphed into high incarceration rates for primarily poor black communities, the decline in those communities and the families left to heavily depend on those dreaded and hated social programs everyone wants done away with. Then laws and ordinances were created to take whatever little they had left away.
The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. At year-end 2009, it was 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2011 – about 0.7% of adults in the U.S. resident population. Additionally, 4,814,200 adults at year-end 2011 were on probation or on parole. In total, 6,977,700 adults were under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, or prison) in 2011 – about 2.9% of adults in the U.S. resident population.
In addition, there were 70,792 juveniles in juvenile detention in 2010.
Although debtor's prisons no longer exist in the United States, residents of some U.S. states can still be incarcerated for debt as of 2011.
Ike, that's just Markert's sly way of attempting to bring back racially segregation in schools. The shocking parts are the people who are actually buying into this lie.
The true worst of the worst are rarely if ever caught, and even when or if they are they're rarely held to the same standards or punished, for that matter. They're too high up the food chain and are too well connected. They have powerful friends and family in the system who will always have their backs.
All those private drug treatment centers certainly weren't built to treat some poor smidget from any inner-city hood.
As one white recovering drug addict once stated: "I never met a black drug dealer. All my drug dealers were white." But America's prisons and jails continue to burst at the seams with primarily young black males. America has the highest incarceration rate of its citizens in the world, outside of only one of its staunch allies. And the citizens that country highly incarcerate are usually African migrants fleeing war torn countries in Africa. Wars supported and controlled by powerful nations. Don't be shy about it. Racism drives America's prison system. Not that some black leaders haven't played a role in it all. Especially when they beg for laws against such non-sense as saggy pants, dreadlocks. They've invited the negative scrutiny when they down their own young. Invite others with their own agenda in to solve issues they should come together and solve themselves. They often ignored and sometimes even attacked those who tried to sound the warning bells.
Stop waiting for superman. He's a fictional character. Roll up your sleeves and stop snubbing that poor black person living in public housing. Pray about it, but don't stay on your knees forever waiting for manna to fall from the sky. Lay that book down for a few seconds and get to work. Create jobs...pool your resources and put some of these young men into their own business. Then buy buy buy from them. Building new homes doesn't sustain a community or its people. Having businesses and patronizing those businesses will uplift and help a community thrive. There's far too much black wealth in America for there to be so much poverty. Create delegations to go into other countries if need be, and get foreign investors to invest in businesses in your communities. Open up shop and hire the people no one else will hire because they use the excuse the person has a criminal record. There are those who want you out of the city. They've been working on it since the 1980s. Gentrification/Gangs showed up around the same time. But no one would listen to those of us who saw recognized what was taking place.
Suggesting electing the right politician doesn't fly. There is no right politician. If you mean black, then some fellow blacks have done more harm to their own as anyone. Get with it, and get serious! This is taking place all across America. And it's been taking place for the last 20 or 30+ years!
Cooley, Emmer and others like them are nothing more than thugs who cower behind their badge to commit crimes that should disgrace any noble and honorable police department. These type cops would be out getting their rocks off torturing helpless animals and committing other heinous crimes if they hadn't become cops. For anyone to believe otherwise, they couldn't possibly have any scruples or any sense of decency themselves. These are not isolated incidence. In fact, they became quite the norm under the last two prior police chiefs, who actually encouraged these types on the force.
Cops are not above the law. In fact, they are to be held to even higher standards, given the power over others they have. Police in America have become so powerful that even some judges and the courts are intimidate by them, while others can be found in cahoots with them. It was not suppose to happen that way, and America will regret allowing them so much control and power. There will come a day, and not too soon, America will have to take much of that power and control away.
OH, and why is it that in certain neighborhoods the establishments (mainly minority) where people go to unwind, have a beer or two, and Chattanooga tries to shut down. Then in an adjacent neighborhood (predominately white) people can sit out in the open and drink all the beer they want? Openly walk around guzzling their beer from their beer cans? Have all the RAVE parties they want, and police will just drive right by. But a minority will get arrested on an open container charge?
Gang violence increases. Cops crack down. Community leaders hold anti-police brutality rallies.
That's because cops don't bother to make a distinction between innocent citizens in the community and criminals.
Cops lessen presence. Crime spirals out of control. Death toll rises.
Is it possible that some rogue cops may have a hand in the above?Spreading false rumors in the community? Even committing a few of the crimes (drivebys) themselves and blaming it on the opposite side?
Same community leaders organize Stop the Violence rallies, calling for more concern about their community from city officials. Repeat cycle.
I see nothing positive law enforcement has done in these communities. The way they respond and interact in them have only served to make the communities more volatile and explosive. Keeping the people basically in their place. The citizens in these communities are held basically in bondage by law enforcement. They will never rise above their situation and progress until police change their tactics. As long as there are criminals on the force going into these communities carrying on as they please, the communities will continue to deteriorate. As long as police interactions and actions in these communities are all about them (the police) getting promotions, bonuses and raises and not about serving and protecting the people within, there will always be mistrust.
As for as drugs and drug dealing, I dont' condone it, but I can understand an individual with a criminal record of selling drugs, getting back into the business when he can't find a job in to help pay for some of the most basic necessities needed to survive and take care of his family. Hell! You have cops who've gotten caught in the drug dealing and other illegal activities trying to maintain a certain lifestyles, and they have a job at least. So imagine having a criminal record and no one will hire you, but you have a family to feed! Hell! I sent a young man to apply for a job at Amazon through a temp. service, and the temp service was very impressed with his resume, education etc., but because he had a criminal record within the last five years, even the temp service wouldn't hire him. They told him he'd have to be crime free for FIVE YEARS!! Hell/BELLS! By then you're basically forced back into the lifestyle that got you in the mess to begin with just to survive. And OH YES!! The cycle continues. Around and Around and AROUND!!
sagoyewatha, those two cops would be carr criminals too if they hadn't managed to slither their way onto the police force. At least one, Cooley, I believe, was in the news prior, and not long before he was caught on tape, accused of the same thing. The only difference in this incident was Salvation had its own cameras. Otherwise, police cameras, would have mysteriously malfunctioned.
Reminders of just how much America hasn't changed from those bygone days John Grisham recently wrote about in his book Sycamore Row. The only difference today is they no longer bring a rope, a torches to burn down the homestead and run minorities off their land. But they still acquire the powers of the local law, change ordinances, local laws, and give power to local neighborhood associations who use the law to do the dirty work of running minorities out of their homes.
Cooley and Emmer just got caught in the act. There are and have been many more. Far too many. You can't have criminal upholding the law and expect no one to notice. Now, the Cooleys and Emmers have become embolden and are venturing into areas never before intended. White America. Like the two Texas cops who publicly stripped searched and sexually assaulted two white females on the side of the road. Now such excessive powers allotted are venturing into areas not intended, people are starting to take notice. They don't want their white teen-daughters/sons and spouses stripped searched and digitally sexually assaulted during routine traffic stops. Surely, you wouldn't either.
People like Cooley and Emmer should have been brought down a few notches a long time ago. In fact, it's those types who should never have been hired in the first place.
There are no winners or losers here. This is not a game where someone lose or someone wins. Just a great sadness and disappointment in how prior chiefs ran their regiment. One that promoted cracking heads, polarizing and encouraged creating volatile situations, promoting fear and intimidation, and sending their posse out to silence anyone who attempted to complain, rather reaching out to the people and public and at least attempting to promote peace.
For reasons I won't go into on this board, I don't think I can ever fully trust police again. However, I do believe Chief Dodd is one of the good guys. Someone who can return policing under his charge back to being peace officers, serving and protecting ALL citizens. The dept. lost some potentially good cops because they didn't want to work with or around the bullies and hot-heads, as one once told me.
I've never met the chief personally, and likely never will. But you don't have to be in physical presence or close proximity to a person to know they have good character, values and compassion. It's the way they carry themselves and the look in their eyes. The eyes really are the window into ones soul.
GIVE HIM A CHANCE To turn things around for the better.
Likely, my last post here.