Fight The Power: I’m standing on the steps of White Plains Federal Courthouse while four Black Parole Officers who were detained at gunpoint by white police in Upstate, NY, announce their lawsuit, demanding justice for being unlawfully detained and having their Civil Rights violated.
While they were describing the events that took place, I found myself asking, What part of the game is it when Black law enforcement officers have to fear being shot and killed by white cops? It’s time for some Real Talk!
If black law enforcement officers can’t feel safe while doing their job in uniform, what chance do regular cats like me have? They wonder why the urban youth of America have a ‘f the police’ attitude.
It’s hard enough to get the urban youth to join the police department to defend our neighborhoods when they see albeit isolated incidents like this.
What gets me about this? Where is the outrage from the black community? Has it gotten so bad that we just accept it as the way it is? Where are the black leaders? Where is the unity of the blacks in law enforcement for their brother and sister officers? Where is the coverage from the media?
As of yet, there has been no investigation, no suspensions, and no demand for justice. How do we expect it to change if injustices like this continue to go unchecked?
Below, check out the video of the press conference of the four NYS Parole Officers who were unlawfully held at gunpoint while on duty by white police officers in Rockland County.