POLICING A COMMUNITY OF MOSTLY UN-ARMED CIVILIANS IS NOT THE SAME AS PATROLING IN A WAR ZONE. THE RECRUITING, TRAINING, AND EXECUTION OF POLICE WORK IN AMERICA MUST CHANGE WITH THIS VIEW IN MINDSET.

EXCERPT (c)  I SAW HIM RUN, BUT IS HE RUNNING BECAUSE HE IS GUILTY, OR DOES HIS RUNNING, IN MY MIND MAKES HIM GUILTY OR A SUSPECT.?

WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE.

FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE ABOVE QUESTION AND TITLE POSES SUCH A PROBLEM TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, I WILL TRY TO EXPLAIN.

I HAVE WORKED ALONGSIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES AND LOCALITIES- RURAL, URBAN AND SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES.

I HAVE WORKED AND LIVED IN SOME OF THE MOST DEPRIVED OF PLACES, AND AS THE WORLD NOW KNOWS, I HAIL FROM ONE OF THE MOST FEARED, DEPRIVED AND DANGEROUS PLACES IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE- TRENCH TOWN.

I HAVE SEEN AND TENDED TO THE CONCERNS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND ORDINARY CITIZENS, MOSTLY AS IT PERTAINS TO THEIR LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AND EMERGENCIES IN ILLNESS.

I TOO HAVE BEEN HARASSED BY THEM IN PLACES WHERE THEY HAVE NO REASON TO KNOW WHO I AM EXCEPT THAT I AM BLACK, AND I SPEAK WITH AN ACCENT.

WELL, SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT TRUTH. LET ME GO INTO THE DETAILS HERE.

MILITARY OR PARAMILITARY TRAINING AND/OR PROTOCOLS DOES NOT A COMMUNITY POLICEMAN MAKE.

WHAT MAY BE SUITABLE FOR ONE CONDITION, DOES NOT, AND SHOULD NOT, BE THE PRE-REQUISITE FOR SELECTION INTO ANOTHER.

A COMMUNITY OF MOSTLY PEACEFUL, UN-ARMED CITIZENS IN A COUNTRY NOT AT WAR WITH ITSELF IS NOT THE SAME AS A COUNTRY IN AND BY WHICH WAR IS DECLARED.

SO, THE APPROACH TO POLICING IN ONE SHOULD NOT BE USED IN THE OTHER.

THE RECENT SHOW OF FORCE IN THE MISSOURI RIOTS IS A TESTAMENT TO THE TRUTH OF THIS STATEMENT.

SOME PEOPLE IN AMERICA, ARE BEGINNING TO THINK AND FEEL AS IF WE ARE HEADING INTO A POLICE STATE. THIS IS VERY UNNERVING.

THE QUESTIONS I HAVE MENTIONED ABOVE MAY EVOKE SEVERAL EMOTIONS, BUT THEY ARE THE QUESTIONS  WHICH PERTURBS THE MINDS OF EVEN THE MOST SEASONED OFFICERS WHO ARE TRYING TO DO A GOOD JOB IN POLICING.

LET’S LOOK AT SOME FACTS AND TRUTH:

1. IT IS KNOWN THAT MOST POLICE UNITS IN AMERICA TRAIN UNDER SOME FORM OF PARAMILITARY PROTOCOLS.

2. IT IS KNOWN THAT MOST POLICE UNITS IN RECRUITING SEEK THE PREFERENCE OF THOSE FROM THE ARMED FORCES WHO HAVE CHOSEN SO TO JOIN.

3. IT IS KNOWN THAT THE SCREENING PROCESS OF PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES LEAVES MUCH TO BE DESIRED, AS NOT MUCH IS DONE TO SAFEGUARD THE INTEGRITY OF THE COMMUNITIES TO WHICH THESE GRADUATES WILL TEND/POLICE.

4. PROPER AND MORE EFFECTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF CANDIDATES IS NOT A PRIORITY IN THE SELECTION PROCESS.

5 THE RESULT IS THAT WE NOW HAVE A SLEW OF OFFICERS WHO FEEL AND ACT AS THOUGH THEY ARE IN A WAR ZONE FIGHTING AGAINST AN ENEMY, AND THEY ALSO DRESS THAT WAY.

OTHER TROUBLING FACTORS ARE THESE:

AMERICA HAS BEEN A POLARIZED COUNTRY FOR CENTURIES.

OUR SOCIETIES HAVE BEN PLAGUED WITH MANY SOCIOCULTURAL BIASES WHICH HAVE BECOME A CANCER AND A MENACE TO MOST OF US WHO CARE.

FOR TOO LONG OUR SOCIETY HAVE MADE SAFE HAVEN FOR THOSE WHO HARBOR THE NOTIONS WHICH CAUSE STRIFE AND DERISION AGAINST THOSE OF OTHER ETHNICITIES AND CULTURES.

I GAVE THIS QUESTION TO SEVERAL PEOPLES- “TO BE SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL IN AMERICA, WHAT COLOR OF SKIN WOULD YOU RATHER BE, AND WHY?”

THE ANSWERS WILL NOT SURPRISE YOU.

SO, NOW AMERICA I ASK YOU-“WHY IS ANYTHING BLACK OR DARK ASCRIBED TO EVIL, OR THAT WHICH CANNOT BE TRUSTED?”

FOR ALL THE BOOKS OF SOCIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY THAT I HAVE READ, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY ASKING THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE ASKED.

SO, I ASK- ” WHY IS ANYTHING WHITE ASCRIBED TO THAT WHICH IS GOOD, WHILE ANYTHING BLACK TO THAT WHICH IS EVIL?”.

NOW, IN A PERFECTLY DARK ROOM EVERYTHING WILL APPEAR AS DARK OR BLACK. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT IS EVIL. THE NIGHT MAY SHOW AS DARKNESS. SHOULD WE NOT TRUST IT? WHY FEAR THE DARKNESS/

BLACKNESS WHICH INVOLVES THE MIXING OF OTHER COLORS IS WHAT IT IS. SHOULD WE NOT TRUST IT?

I WOULD HOPE THAT THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE POLICE EXAMINATIONS AND RECRUITING PROCESS.

SOCIETY MUST CHANGE, AND THERE ARE SOME WHO SILENTLY WANT THIS TO HAPPEN BUT ARE AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT.

FOR WHITE AND BLACK POLICEMEN/WOMEN THEIR APPROACH AND MINDSET TO THE COMMUNITIES WHICH THEY WILL PATROL, MUST HAVE A SOLID FOUNDATION AS TO THE FACTORS AT PLAY IN THAT COMMUNITY.

I HAVE SEEN AND KNOWN POLICEMEN WHO CAN WALK FREELY WITHOUT A WEAPON INTO SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COMMUNITIES WITHOUT BEING HARMED OR FEELING THE THREAT OF HARM.  YOU CAN ASK THEM HOW DO THEY DO IT.

I LEARNED THIS FROM JAMAICA, AND IT IS CALLED- RESPECT- FROM WHICH THE LOVE AND TRUST COMES.

OF COURSE, YOU WILL HAVE THOSE WHO SEEK VIOLENCE AGAINST THE POLICE, BUT MOST PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY ARE NOT ON THE SIDE OF THE CRIMINALS.

OVER THE YEARS, THE POLICE IN AMERICA HAS LOST THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE, SIMPLY BECAUSE THOSE WHO ARE SELECTED TO- SERVE AND PROTECT- HAS BETRAYED THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE.

IF WE MUST TELL THE TRUTH, THEN WE MUST DO AWAY WITH THE ARROGANCE AND HYPOCRISY WHICH SUPPRESS TRUTH.

A WHITE COP SHOULD NOT HAVE A PROBLEM GOING INTO A BLACK COMMUNITY IF HIS INTENTIONS AND MINDSET ARE PURE. THE SAME APPLIES TO A BLACK COP GOING INTO A WHITE COMMUNITY.

WE CANNOT ENFORCE THE LAWS WITH UNCLEAN HANDS.

FOR TOO LONG OUR SOCIETY HAS LOOKED AT ANYTHING BLACK AS BEING BAD. THERE IS- BLACKMAIL, BLACKLIST, BLACK-ICE, BLACK MAGIC, BLACK HOLE, BLACK HEART MAN, ALL POINTING TO THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED, AND EVIL

THE ONLY EXCEPTION BEING OUR BANK ACCOUNTS. TO WHICH WE ALSO USE THE COLOR RED.

WE INVENT NAMES AND PHRASES TO DIVIDE PEOPLE ALONG RACIAL LINES, CLASS AND CATEGORIES. THIS IS WHAT WE TEACH TO THE NEXT GENERATION.

I RAS CARDO WILL TELL YOU THIS ALSO- BLACK AS A COLOR IS THE MIXTURE OF ALL OTHER COLORS INCLUDING THAT WHICH IS WHITE.

SO, TO ALL COPS IN AMERICA I SAY- THE RUNNING OF A MAN DOES NOT IMPLY GUILT. GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY .

I, RAS CARDO SAY PEACE! ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

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