Police brutality and unjust killings of black men by police are more American than apple pie. What we saw first hand on social media was racial terrorism against George Floyd. Like many other black men and women before him, the officer’s actions are a message of racism and a constant manifestation of extreme indifference to the value of black human life that is often sent by police departments to black residents.
The DNA of law enforcement is to send a message of fear to Black residents that create a kind of “psychological distress.” Punishment and social, economic, racial placement have always been the modus operandi of America’s criminal justice system.
Mr. Floyd and every black man and woman in America will always be subject to Justice Robert Taney’s 1857, Dred Scott case ruling; that black people “are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution, and cannot, therefore, claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for and secures to citizens of the United States.”
Communities across the nation have demanded change and have received the same racist style policing in their communities even under what is called community policing. No matter what our politicians say, they have failed to produce the necessary legislation, policies, procedure, and laws for police oversight and accountability.
As Black Law Enforcement Professionals, we recognize the pain of our communities; we are four degrees of separation. We know the victim, we know someone who knows the victim, the victim is a family member, and in many cases even as black law enforcement, we are the victim.
As a national organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals, we recognize the need for oversight of policy and procedure and accountability of law enforcement when it comes to “Use of Force” policies and legislation.
If an officer certified by the state and is a trained professional, intentionally or unintentionally violates policies, procedures, and training that results in severe injury or death, it should be a crime. If we genuinely want policing to change, there must be real accountability laws. Violations of departmental policies and training must be recognized as criminal actions. We should not accept anything less!
Local, county, state, and federal elected officials can also negotiate accountability measures in police union collective bargaining agreements. Cities and states have paid out millions in lawsuits and judgments and still give out raises to unions that have defended racist criminal officers.
As Black Law Enforcement, we are tired of talking to politicians and showing them step-by-step how to the right the wrong through policy and procedure and legislation, and then watch the politicians play politics with “Protest Profiteers” that distract the public from the real issues at hand.
To this end, as law enforcement professionals, as black men and women, as fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and grandparents of black people. We challenge elected officials, especially black elected offices, to do your job and legislate Police Criminality Laws. With all due respect, if you are unwilling and incapable, then please let the community that is suffering in pain know and then resign!
Blacks In Law Enforcement of America Recommendations for Police Policy, Procedure & Oversight
To build better relationships with law enforcement and the community they serve. It is the goal of our organization to present the best practices and recommendations for Police Departments across the nation. The mission is to create a revolutionary change in how communities are policed, especially communities of color and the poor.
It is our goal to improve the assignments of White, Hispanic, Asian, and even Black police officers to police poor, predominantly black neighborhoods who have had little or no social contact with members of these groups. The failure of Police management throughout the nation to create specific training in how officers should effectively interact in such environments has been an ongoing recipe for disaster. History has proven, that in many cases, Police officers from each of the groups mentioned above sometimes bring negative attitudes and or stereotypes to these communities that can adversely affect their decisions and the fairness of their enforcement actions.
The following recommendations are based on best practices suited for Police Departments from President Barack Obama’s 21 Century Policing, 2009 Use of Force Training for the Westchester County Police Academy, 2009 New York State Task Force on Police-on-Police Shooting, 2008 report, The Effect of Collective Bargaining on the Use of Innovative Policy, University of North Florida and Robert Peels Nine Peelian Principles.[scribd id=434059851 key=key-0Z9POLfB9q1NAfDH2QO2 mode=scroll]