Been hearing in the news about the US police officers queuing up to resign from their jobs. Well, the nicer part of me would love to give the benefit of doubt and believe it’s pure coincidence, but my untamed side just won’t let me! I should be more charitable I know but regarding this issue I don’t care to be when so much innocent life has been at stake. So, these sudden mass resignations by police officers sound suspicious. All these officers now crawling out of the woodwork to resign?
Why now and why all of a sudden? Let me hazard a few guesses probably because the two – tier criminal justice system that has operated in the US for so long is now under spotlight. Probably because the ‘licence to kill’ black men (no pun intended) with reckless impunity will cease to be ‘fashionable’. Probably because these officers now realise that the social tide and tolerance threshold is changing under their very racist noses and every element of decent society will no longer sit back and do nothing as police officers go on killing sprees to indulge their comfort kill instincts. Probably because it’s also beginning to dawn on them that their roles as police officers will no longer offer them cushy haven to carry out systemic misdeeds of abuse and brutality towards black males without appropriate consequences.
The worth of a black life should surely be more than the penalty of just a sacking that comes with full pension entitlements. Ohh Yeah! That’s US justice for you. Young black men repeatedly murdered for the flimsiest reasons by law enforcement officers as mothers and families are left to weep in anguish with little hope of getting proper justice – until now that is. Impossible to imagine the eviscerating effects of these soul searing injustices on the collective psyche of black American males frequently caught up in this maelstrom of the fight to keep alive or to survive. Daily living in fear in a society whose police force have made it a blood – thirsty pastime to hunt them down – simply for being black. What a world we live in! And so, police officers who for so long have had ‘carte blanche’ powers to mistreat blacks as they pleased are suddenly wincing under the justified scrutiny – and no surprises they don’t like it! Some have resorted to petulance; calling in sick or not attending police call outs. I guess they never imagined a day would come when they would be required to give account for a black life needlessly lost under their watch. Such has been the degree of complacency.
So, I say shoo, shoo! To every single one of them, including those officers who choose to spectate by turning a blind eye to the gross abuses meted out
by their colleagues rather than speaking out. Let them all resign. They should do civilised society a favour and go find new jobs – killing chickens instead. Cluck cluck! Cock-a-doodle-doo! Good riddance! No society needs murder thirsty police.
Just being Kobi
‘Unfiltered & Uncensored’