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Thursday, February 21, 2013

No justice No peace

No Justice No Peace
By Chanel Mitchell

Disclaimer: This article was written in response to Christopher Dorner’s extreme tactics to expose the corruption within the Los Angeles Police Department, NOT in response to Dorner’s narcissistic activity in hopes of “clearing his name.” I express my right to freedom of speech, freedom of press and POWER to the people.

The manhunt is over. Facebooker said it best, “What a perfect ending to a bunch of lies…no body for us to see….no evidence needed….case closed.”

Our generation just witnessed the largest manhunt in Los Angeles Police Department history and we used social media every step of the way to share our opinionated thoughts, valid sarcasms, and false and misleading news reports. Captivated by the live yet to be released Samuel L. Jackson movie, the Christopher Dorner story damn near trumped the President’s State of the Union address. The use of media became so problematic that law enforcement ordered the news media to immediately stop the use of social media, saying that it was a danger to police officers if Dorner was watching. (BTW…what happened to freedom of press?...Oh the Irony!) It was very apparent that some “shady” business was about to go down and law enforcement didn’t want it exposed. (The cabin fire and firearm standoff to be exact.)

Many cannot fathom the idea of a man accused of killing innocent people having so many supporters. What people fail to realize is that innocent victims lose their lives on the streets of LA at the hands of the LAPD every single day. Dorner is one criminal. The LAPD is filled with hundreds of criminals. Do they not deserve equal punishment for their crimes? Brothers and sisters are harassed, beaten, jailed, gunned down and murdered by crooked cops that claim to “protect and serve us.”

Unless you’ve lived it, you will never understand.

Until your family member is dead or sitting in jail over a crime that they did not commit, you will never understand.

Unless you know your history, you will never understand.

Unless you have grown up in the urban cities of America, you will never understand.

Unless you have been a victim of racial profiling, you will never understand.
And most importantly……

If the pigment of your skin is not darker than the back of an uncooked Poptart…you will never understand.

Now there is no question that Dorner is a possessed, narcissistic criminal who deserves to be punished for his heinous crimes but what does that say about the men who trained him? Dorner’s manifesto (which can be found at the site below) had the LAPD damn near shaking in their boots, shooting innocent Mexican women who fit the 6 foot 270 pound description of Dorner. Why? because they trained him and they know his capabilities. The real conflict lies in the words of Dorner’s manifesto and all others who are silenced when it comes to exposing the trigger happy LAPD.  Tell me this…. Would you put your life on the line in pursuit of a just cause? A Great revolutionary would. Just sayin’.

Here is a quick history lesson about the formation of the LAPD. Former LAPD police Chief William H. Parker, a segregationist equivalent to Bull Connor or Jim Crow, sent his team to the South and recruited racist white men forming the LAPD. Racism became protocol and law when it came to black and Latino citizens of LA. Sayings like “stay in your place” and “Shoot first ask questions later” were literally laws and tactics used to oppress ethnic citizens. 2 Pac Shakur said it best in his song Changes, “Cops give a damn about a negro? Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he’s a hero.” Talk about a motto.

Fast-forward to present day and not much has changed. Racism in the LAPD is alive and kicking like a newborn baby and we cannot simply sit around and wait until Scandal’s Olivia Pope comes to save the day.

Citizens seem to express a love-hate relationship with law enforcement. They talk shit about them but they are the first people they call when something goes wrong. (in most cases at least. ) I too am a victim of exactly this.  The truth about the fact is that you cannot bite the hand that feeds you. This relationship is no different than the father who physically abuses his daughter but feeds her and gives her a place to live or the priest that preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ but sexually molest vulnerable young boys. What do we learn from this? “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you super add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.” John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton (1907)

There are police everywhere and justice nowhere. Until there is justice, there will be no peace. {To be continued}

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