“Why can’t a black man, who isn’t bothering anyone, walk down the street in his own neighborhood without being accosted by police?”
In other words, why do the police patrol communities of color as an outside, occupying force rather than as part of the community?
very good questions which get us to the crux of the problem.
governments, even municipalities, tend to view poor people–especially people of color–as distrustful and unpredictable.
therefore, the system looks to hire police who have similar biases.
also, part of cadet training is learning how to appear intimidating in every possible way.
a couple of years ago i had an arts 'n crafts booth at a powwow. for some reason the committee had hired a guard. while chatting with the guard, i commented that i find most people to be pretty honest.
“oh no!” he said, “most people are not honest!” hmm, i wonder if he was saying something about me or himself?
They came into South Shore much the same way U.S. troops enter Iraq: armed and fearful, not part of the community but “in control” of it.
yes! a whole lot of new police recruits are vets—many suffering unrecognized ptsd.
just like in iraq they fearfully enter a strange neighborhood mistrustful of the community.
the u.s. is quickly turning into a militarized fascist state.