posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 07:19 AM
Originally posted by Saphronia
Problem between black folk and cops is the treatment we recieve I've been laid out on the ground face down while cars were searched and the seats
snatched out...I've been pulled over for no reason other than the kind of car I'm driving/riding in. Endless checkpoints (which thank god for the
ACLU we no longer have to deal with that in Indy)--still, we live under a constant police presence.
[edit on 13-12-2004 by Saphronia]
Hey, join the club! I too have been taken out of a friends car while it was searched and I was guilty of no crime either. I wasn't, however, on the
way home from the market in the middle of the day. I was out to a club in the middle of the night with 3 other people and we came up to a roadblock.
We all had to blow into the little tester but were below the limit. The cops were rude and abusive I guess because they had been out on the side of
the road all night. Who knows?
And, guess what else? We all live under constant police presence. I remember the arguments up in Louisville. The cops were catching flack for
pulling over Black males in drug heavy neighborhoods so they backed off and the crime rate went up. next thing you know the residents were claiming
they weren't getting police protection because no one cared about a black neighborhood. So, for every young black male pissed because they have to
deal with law enforcement, there is an elderly black person cowering in their own home begging for it.
It would be nice if we could pretend that everyone who was out there was innocent and being harrassed because of their color but the fact is, without
the presence of police, how many truly innocent people who be at the mercy of the younger and stronger? My advice to you is put your anger aside and
at least think hard about what Bill Cosby is saying. The guys been around a lot longer than most of you youngsters who think you know it all. He's
certainly coming from an angle of concern for people of his race. Once again you have to look at the motivations. I think you'll find they're
entirly different than the dollar signs the good reverends go after.
Look, I'll admit that there are numerous cases of unwarranted police brutality. There are some real scumbags out there with badges. I've dealt
with them too. I've been ran off onto the shoulder by a KY State Trooper...this time, in the middle of the day on the way home from the hardware
store. (I have no idea what that was about. He never actually made a traffic stop). But, for you to take the position that every black male pulled
over by the cops is innocent is just as bad as me taking the position all cops are good and ethical. (Hell, most of them control the pain killer
rings in my area so I'm told) So, I'll give you that much because I've been witness to it. But, do you think your neighborhood would be better
off without police presence or would you rather they just came in after the crime was committed and take report?
You're not going to be young forever. There will come a time in your life when your old, weak and alone too.