Since Black life matters, then...
Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron | 12/12/2014, 5:52 p.m.
Since Black life matters, then ... fire Police Commissioner Bratton and rid this city of his broken windows theory.
In 1994, Bratton was appointed police commissioner by the most racist mayor in the history of New York City, the incendiary, divisive archenemy of Black and Latino people, Rudolph Giuliani. Back then, Bratton and his police instituted and implemented the broken windows theory and the racial profiling stops called “stop and frisk” that led to scores of Black and Latino people having their human rights violated by being unjustifiably arrested, brutalized and killed by the use of police deadly force.
Most notable was the cold-blooded killing of 13-year-old Nicholas Heyward Jr., Anthony Baez, Anthony Rosario and Hilton Vega, all innocent Black and Latino victims of Bratton’s police use of unjustified, deadly force. And now Bratton is back, thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio and some Black leaders.
It is regressive, not progressive to hire Giuliani’s commissioner. Already, Bratton and his supporters have blood dripping from their hands. Although the killing of Eric Garner was recorded on video so that the whole world could watch and witness Bratton’s officers literally choke the last breath out of Garner’s body for allegedly selling loose cigarettes, the police walked away free of charges and will not stand trial. The whole racist system stinks.
Akai Gurley opens the door to the stairwell at the Pink Houses in my East New York and he is shot and killed by a scared rookie cop who should have never been in our community. De Blasio, Bratton and others immediately called it an accident before there was a thorough investigation, even though police policy says when doing vertical patrols, the officers must keep their guns in the holster, their finger away from the trigger and ask questions if they see or hear something suspicious. This officer had his gun already drawn without the presence of a threat, and he shot and killed an innocent Black man, Gurley. We will not stop until we get justice.
If you want to learn more about Bratton’s racist policies toward Black and Latino people, talk to the Brothers and Sisters in Boston and Los Angeles. And de Blasio, if you really are concerned about your son’s safety when encountering police, then why would you bring in Bratton and his racist policies, which endanger your son and all Black and Latino youth? Bratton must go! Don’t wait until there is another senseless killing!
Since Black life matters, then ... stop calling for retraining and cultural sensitivity classes for killer cops. Killer cops must go to jail. In 1999, when the innocent African immigrant Amadou Diallo was killed in a hail of 41 bullets, the killer cops walked away free and our leaders called for retraining, new legislation and cultural sensitivity classes—everything but punishment and jail. Killer cops must go to jail!
After retraining and cultural sensitivity sessions in 1999, seven years later in 2006, 41 bullets weren’t enough. Police killed an unarmed innocent Black man, Sean Bell, in a hail of 50 bullets. These killer cops also walked away freely. I say jail killer cops!