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Justifiable Homicide Victim Families Give Testimony on Police Terrorism

Silence is in the air. As another Black Father takes a pause. The audience “can’t breathe” as the room remains silent. A tear is shed. Heads are shaking. A crushed father.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice was buzzing on a warm Saturday afternoon. A panel of fathers standing to share how they were and are treated in the land of the free, the home of the brave. He stands giving testimony and validating that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is not an inalienable right for all.

Malcolm X said, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

The fathers agreed that the media is playing a dishonorable role in not depicting Black Fathers and only showing the mothers. Uncle Bobby said, “Everyone of us have a voice and the media is trying to veto our voices.”

Every dad and son who stood said they were called a “Nigger” by a police officer. They tried to make sense of why their son and father were fatally shot by the police. All sharing– felt like they were treated unfairly and became a culprit to the police criminality. Their questions were not answered. Corners who clearly wanted to speak but, were silently gagged by sever consequences if the truth was divulged. Sympathy was a demon. “They treated us better when we were enslaved and made money for them,” said one Father. “Keeping their pockets loaded,” chimed in a spectator.

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. the son of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. shared that he had to remind the police that, “You are dealing with an intelligent Black Man and I know how to fight you.” On a chilly November morning at 5:25am. When White Plains officers demanded that Mr. Chamberlain Sr. open his door. They called him a nigger as well. A former Marine who had heart problems and wheezed if he walked more than 40 feet, triggered his medical alert system pendant. When he refused to open the door they called him a “nigger”. Fatal events took place after resulting in Mr. Chamberlain Sr. being pronounced dead.

Not guilty! Not guilty! Not guilty! Are they here to serve and protect the people? Are they here to protect the State? Freedom! Justice! Equality!

Uncle Bobby the Uncle of Oscar Grant said, “The most vulnerable is our children. One of the reasons why the police are so hard on our youth is because individuals know the influence of black youth on other youths.” Uncle Bobby reminded the listeners that our Black youth are being watched and preyed upon. Oscar Grant’s journey was the podium for the film Fruitvale BART Station. BART Police officers detained Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station. Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and handcuffed. Then Mehserle drew his pistol and shot Grant once in the back stating that he thought it was his taser.

Andrew Joseph III father Andrew Joseph Jr. chimed in, “There is more preying going on in the court-house and less praying going on in the church house.”

Jordan Davis father Mr. Ron Davis advised a young man by saying, “I am asking you to become and inspire to become a judge. The judges are who make a much greater difference. I thank Judge Healley today!” A young spectator in the room stated that he wants to become a police officer. Many frowned at him and gave him discouraging words. Black Westchester interrupted and encouraged him to get a group of friends and make a pact. He needs a group who are willing to become police officers, lawyers, and judges. This way when you walk into the court room you have a shoulder to stand on. Encouraged to become an officer and do it the right way.

Jordan Davis was shot and killed on November 24, 2012 at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 17 years old. Michael David Dunn, a 45-year-old from Brevard County asked Davis and his companions to turn down the music.

Dad paused and asked, “Did he have to kill Jordan Davis?”

How do you feel about the criminal justice system? One guest said, “The concrete needs to be broke up and a new system poured!”

All in attendance were encouraged to make a change. Each father and son wants all to share what was discussed and build our youth. To become a part of the father’s journey please check their “Love Not Blood Campaign”.


About Cynthia Turnquest-Jones (48 Articles)
Cynthia Turnquest-Jones a co-host of People Before Politics Radio is an avid philanthropist. In October 2012 she launched Tha B.U.M.P. “Brown Urban Mother Partnership”, hosting an informational breast cancer session “Save the Women not the Boobies” inviting mothers from the community to sit and enjoy healthy foods while engaging in dialogue about breast cancer. In addition to Tha B.U.M.P, Cynthia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, Mocha Moms, Incorporated, MAMAiAM, the Episcopal Church Women, secretary for Mount Saint Michael Academy PTA in the Bronx, and a member of Graham Elementary School PTA.
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2 Comments on Justifiable Homicide Victim Families Give Testimony on Police Terrorism

  1. Frank Sha Francois // June 4, 2015 at 3:35 AM //

    This was a very touching story. These men are a real inspiration and champions of freedom, justice, and equality. We need black men and women every where to stand up and join these soldiers of their battle against true terrorism. Thanks to everyone at Black Westchester for sharing this Pulitzer worthy article. LOVE NOT BLOOD CAMPAIGN

  2. Danette Chavis // June 4, 2015 at 3:16 AM //

    What do you say to a strong black male whose son is murdered and he is prevented by LAW from avenging the murder? You tell him “let the courts handle it”. And after they’ve discarded the charges against them and allow them to go free what do you tell them then? You say, “God got it” Well, when did he “get it” before, during, or after the murder? I sometimes think we use God as a “scape goat” for things we ourselves refuse to address and handle. It removes all responsibility from off us and places it on one “unseen, unheard, and unknown” who acts in his own good time. Where is “faith in action?” When does God begin to show up if we’re not taking any actions for him to do so? We are most pitiful of all people! We allow whatsoever “come what may” and carry on into the next day as if it never happened! We insist we ought to unite – but can’t stand each other! We mock at our own oppression and pay heed only when the media does. We rant and rave about the injustice but encourage others to run full fledged into it’s very system. Because indeed, where shall we go? And better still, who indeed who have us? We are hated every place we’re found. But encourage each other continually on what “God is going to do”. Whatever it is – I’d say he’s already done it! Because if our millionaires don’t do it, and the educators and scholars don’t do it, and the lawyers and politicians don’t do it when clearly the need exists, this cannot possibly be the cause of a “white race” alone. Not when we are those making them rich – and that is by selective choice in spending! We ought “return to ourselves” but we can’t cause we never truly knew who we were to begin with! We are the “lost sheep” looking for a shepherd who would rather entertain wolves. And so it is….

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