Hands Up, Don't Shoot! Blacks, Police and New Old Order
By Dennis Loo (8/14/14)
Hardly a week goes by in the US where we learn of yet another police killing of an unarmed, non-threatening, complying black, brown and/or homeless person. Sometimes it's a chokehold (as in Eric Garner less than a month ago in NY), more often it's from being shot down, multiple times. In virtually every instance, the cops responsible for these official murders concoct tall tales to justify their killing unarmed civilians who pose no danger to anyone and who were acting entirely legally when stopped and killed.
In LA on Monday, August 10, police shot and killed Ezel Ford, a 24-year old black man with mental illness well-known to the police. In accounting for their assassination of Ford, in which they shot him in the back three times while he was lying face down at 65th and Broadway, a police spokesman stated that Ford "spun and tucked his head toward the officer's gun and basically tackled him to the ground, trying to grab at the weapon."
Bullshit. Anyone who has had encounters with the police, even mentally ill individuals, knows that trying to take a gun from a cop is a) useless and b) a death wish. People who are being ordered around by cops don't suddenly turn into MMA fighters. If there hadn't been a video of their beating of Rodney King, the cops would have said that King brought it on his own head. Oh wait. They still said that he brought this on himself, claiming that he was "high on PCP" and kept attacking the officers.
As the world knows, Michael Brown was minding his own business, WWB (walking while black) when St. Louis police ordered him to stop. Brown raised his hands and said "don't shoot." Imagine a middle-class white person being stopped by the police for walking and minding their own business. Imagine that middle-class white person saying "Don't shoot!" It's impossible to realistically imagine this outside of a Chappelle skit because midde or upper-middle class white people would not be worried that they would get gunned down. But black and brown people know that this is a real danger, which is why Brown raised his hands and thought to ask that he not be shot.
Never mind the fact that Brown was doing nothing to justify his being stopped. Never mind that he had his hands in the air and asked not to be gunned down, to official henchmen of the New Old Order, shooting those who are no threat is de riguer. It's the New Old Order's policies. If the new standard is that "everyone's a suspect" to be treated as criminal, especially if you are a person of color or a thoroughly disenfranchised homeless/mentally ill person, and if those who kill from the President on down to the cop in the street, the judge in the courtroom, or an out-of-control individual inspired by those in authority's attitude, feel no compunctions about legitimized violence against innocents, then whole sections of the people are walking around with targets on their heads. This isn't the post-racial era. This is the "look out you're fair game" era.
So the St. Louis police bring out their lying spokespeople claiming that Brown attacked the officer and slapped him. Can't you just hear the echoes of George Zimmerman's paltry excuses for his execution of Trayvon Martin in these police stories?
See for more on the larger context of this, here: http://dennisloo.com/Articles/modern-day-emmett-tills-jordan-davis-trayvon-martin.html, http://dennisloo.com/Sample-Data-Articles/dark-night-rising-james-holmes-the-aurora-massacre-and-the-other-massacres.html and here: http://dennisloo.com/Sample-Data-Articles/we-are-the-enemy-part-2-what-are-the-authorities-so-afraid-of.html.
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