…….another potentially dead n*gger.
A few months back I wrote about a talk I had with my son in regards to police brutality and how he should always respect authority, i.e, police officers. Once again because of the shooting death of Omar J. Edwards, I’ve had to explain the concept of police brutality to a 10 year old. This time, I didn’t sugarcoat it so much.
You see, before when he asked about police brutality, I explained to him that not all cops are evil, corrupt, murdering bastards, but this time around, I told him that if he’s older and happen to be in the presence of an ‘officer’ of the law, to remind himself that ALL cops, whether they’re black or white, have the potential to be evil, corrupt, murdering bastards. Yes, that’s a bit harsh, but how else do I explain to a 10 year old the reasoning behind a plain clothes police officer being shot to death by another officer?
I doubt Omar J. Edwards, 25 , could conceive that his life would be taken by one of his ‘own’ blocks from the precinct. Over the past 2 years, there have been two other cases of plain clothes officers being shot & killed by their own. Christopher Ridley, 23, was shot & killed by officers in Westchester County and he tried to restrain a homeless man who was assaulting another person. Also, Eric Hernandez, 24, was shot in front of a White Castle while he was responding to a 911 call about a fight. I wonder if these officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, at the hands of ‘coworkers’, grew up wanting to be police officers and if their parents ever explained to them the concept of police brutality, as I’ve had to explain to my son numerous times these past couple of months.
I’m truly tired of having to make up excuses on why/how cops kill, or why some find it necessary to shoot-to-kill, or better yet, why most of the cops who are doing the killing happen to be white. My son came to the conclusion the other night that he’d never choose to become a cop when he grows up, because he doesn’t want to have to worry about someone killing him because he’s a cop or someone killing him because they don’t know he’s a cop, it’s truly sad to hear a 10 year old rationalize a potential career choice, because his life may literally depend on it.