posted on Nov, 29 2009 @ 10:10 PM
My opinion is from someone not in the United States...I live in New Zealand.
I've had my run ins with Police many many times...seriously far too many to remember.
You tend to get that though when you're a brown minority and growing up in low socio-economic areas...add to that then becoming part of an Active
Protest Movement and so going toe-to-toe with the Police on numerous occasions.
My first beatdown was when I was a whole 9 years old.
Protesting the Springbok Tour at the time. A few of my extended family members were active protestors for Civil Rights/Land Rights etc...and I tagged
along with them one day.
End result was when a Rugby game we protested at was called off we faced the brutality of an enraged group of Pro-tour Supporters/Rugby fans hellbent
on getting some payback on us.
The Polce Riot-Squads stood back initially, watched, laughed, cheered on the Rugby fans as the stormed into us punching and kicking anyone close to
them. However when the protest group started fighting back and it became a bit of a large-scale brawl on the streets, thats when the Riot Squads moved
in...and targetted the protestors.
As I said, I was 9 years old, caught up in that foray of fists and kicks. One of my elders, an old lady probably around 70 years old, was knocked to
the ground in the melee. I also got knocked over, and crawled over to lay across her. Dunno - I thought maybe I could cover her from any harm.
The Riot Squad battoned and booted everyone. Men, women, children. Didn't matter who you were or how old or frail you were.
I got kicked numerous times by one Riot Squad Officer as I lay over this old lady...all the while she's crying and holding me tight saying "Don't
worry moko (our native word for 'grandchild') it'll be over soon".
They dragged me off her and tossed me aside...then proceeded to yank her up off the ground by her hair. I leapt in again to try and get that Officer
to release his grip on this old lady - and coped a riot-batton in the side of the head.
9 years old.
As I grew up we kids had this game of 'Hide and Seek' we'd play with the Police.
It wasn't a fun game.
It consisted of us seeing a Cop Car and running and hiding. Often as we walked home from school a Cop Car would pull up, out would step some serious
attitudes wearing a blue uniform and we'd be tossed up against a wall and/or literally slapped around and threatened to "Stay out of trouble you
little nig*** or we'll **** you up".
We weren't ever doing anything - we were just walking home from school. Same crap happened so often. See a blue uniform and it usually meant a bash.
I've been beaten down more times than I can recall. Pulled over and hassled more times than I can recall. Had my door kicked down, car damaged,
personal property *confiscated and lost*, held for questioning, searched, assaulted, insulted, spat on etc etc etc ad nauseum.
...yet I do not hate them.
Maybe its because I'm a little older and wiser now.
Maybe its because I also have some family /extended family members who are Police Officers.
Recently my brother inlaw graduated as a new Police Officer. Some aspects of his training revolved around what was termed 'Pre-emptive Policing',
Basically consisting of racial profiling and specifically targetting races that are over-representated in the Crime Stats (such as my culture - Maori,
and Pacific Islanders).
The training they received was quite openly racist. Their training officer literally saying "Even if those buggers aren't doing anything wrong they
will. So if you give them a good enough scare maybe they'll think twice before added to the stats".
Thing is my brother inlaw is also Maori...so I wonder how he took that training...to be encouraged to specifically target his own race. He once did
ask "But aren't we then just making criminals of all Maori, not just the ones actually committing crimes?".
Tutors response was "Its that type of PC bollocks that will get you done over on the street. Every one of them is in the wrong. Don't see it any
other way or you'll put yourself or your partner at risk".
Its been said many a time: Yes there is rot within the ranks...but theres also some goodness there too.
Sure - I totally get that experiences can colour people. Totally. I totally get that seeing and/or experiencing ill-treatment can make you pretty
'anti' against whomever the perpetrator/group is...
...but really how logical is that? To colour the whole? Just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
Sure, by all means be wise, be smart, be even on alert...but to write off and hate on the whole lot? Nah...thats just as small-minded as those who did
you or other people wrong.