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Eric Garner: the NYPD was his Judge Jury & Executioner

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Eric Garner

NYPD Officers, in Staten Island, New York City, are responsible for the unjust, unnecessary, death by choking, of a Eric Garner. To some this is just a usual isolated incident, of NYPD policing gone terribly wrong. However, for Peoples of Afro-American & Latino-American descent, this has become an all too prevalent expectation of ours: to be confronted, assaulted, violated, and possibly murdered, without any thorough investigation, a nonsense farce of a trial, in another part of New York State, to ensure the acquittals of the Officers who abuse their authority against their victims.

This free-for-all melee of abuses of policing-powers, ever since the dark-days of the Rudy Giuliani administrations, till the present day, we, as ethnically marginalized Peoples, along with other types of targeted demographics, such as Muslims, for example, which I am also a member of this particular demographic… so now, I have 3-strikes against me: Muslim…Black/Hispanic…Black/Hispanic Male…I could’ve just as easily been victimized in the savage manner as Eric Garner was, in my native Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

One really has to ask one’s self a very serious question: “Okay, this man was confronted by Police, for whatever reason. But, how & why did it escalate to him dying, and by being choked to death? Where is the judge & jury, where’s the recitation of this person’s Miranda-Rights, where’s his phone-call for his atorney/next-of-kin, where’s his day in Court?”. And, sadly, his day in Court was deal to him like gangsters deal with their adversaries, for Eric Garner, Court was held in the Streets. But, then, what is the point of Police, when they are the one’s constantly violating the laws in which they’re hired, paid, trusted by their Citizenry & lawmakers to uphold.

In the words of a very wise, young, Muslim-Brother, by the name of Ibrahim Jaaber, “You can’t uphold the Law, if you’re the one above it.”. And, this is the crust of the problem, folks: persons with guns & badges, who think that those they’ve sworn to “protect & serve” are to have the absolute right to abuse & dehumanize all and or any whom they wish, just because the have the fire-power, and political-protection, known as their shields, to do so. So, what are we, as a People, as a society, as a Nation, going to do about this? We can no longer state that, “Oh, they’re just doing their jobs.”, we got that cleared-up with the finds of Stop-And-Frisk, along with religious infiltration into specific Religious-Communities, more specifically, Muslim-Communities. And, we can’t state that these are isolated incidents, because, from Anthony Baez, to Abner Louima, to Amadu Diallo, to Sean Bell, and now Eric Garner…what the Hell is going on?!!!

I’ll tell you exactly what’s going on, we have severely regressed, as a society & nation, and have reverted back to the old-ways of the olden days of Jim-Crow type policing-abuses, which basically give the Police the unlimited authority to abuse whom they choose, with little to no consequences on part of the Officers in question who abuse, while even pressuring, threatening, victims with deportation, violence, etc., for exposing the abuses of authority by Police. It’s crystal-clear to me, and should be to anyone & everyone else that there’s is no such thing as a Colorless-America, since Barack Obama has been a President, nor has the dreams of persons like Martin Luther King, Jr. have been authentically realized, nor has there been any true strides by the so-called leaders of our communities to do anything substantial to change the negative nature & relationship that the Common-People have with Law-Enforcement.

Gareth Bryant/2014

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My thoughts on the NYPD (Narcissistic…Yellow-Bellied…Power-Hungry…Derelicts):

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As many of you, whom are about to read this may already know, the New York City Police Department has been consistently conducting strings of illegal probing & out-right spying on Mosques, Islamic Centers, MSA’s (Muslim Student Associations), as well as other auxiliary Muslim-led or Muslim-majority student-groups, in Colleges & Universities, all over New York City, as well as in other institutions of higher-learning in the New York tri-state area & even as far away as the state of Pennsylvania, as reported by the Associated Press. This has, thus far, been completely unchallenged, by both the New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and the New York City Council, as a collective governing-body. Obviously, you’ve noticed the title of my post. So, therefore, I will explain, within the post itself, why I’ve chosen to title my post the way that I did.

Here’s the reason why:

Narcissism-
n. inordinate fascination with oneself.

The NYPD is pathologically self-serving & self-absorbed, to the extent that they no longer fulfil their initial purpose to protect & serve. Rather, what they really do is terrorize, and harass, via illegal stop-and-frisks, deliberate support by NYPD Commissioner & Deputy-Commissioner, Raymond Kelly & Paul Browne, of Islamophobic/Xenophobic material being used to train NYPD personnel, etc. They’re so ridiculously egotistical, self-centered, and arrogant, that they let their authority, being mainly just their guns, to get to their heads. For the most part, if it weren’t for firearms, most NYC police officers, who are cops right now, wouldn’t be, because they’d be just too pussy for the job. Since people know that they won’t hesitate to shot first & ask questions later, that’s what puts the battery in their backs, to function, with autonomy & absolute power, and to freely abuse their authority.

Yellow-Bellied-
adj., Slang. cowardly

For the most part, if it weren’t for firearms, most NYC police officers, who are cops right now, wouldn’t be, because they’d be just too pussy for the job-They walk around, throwin’ their weight around, like they’re all of that in neighborhoods & communities, which are prime targets of religious, ethnic, socio-economic & socio-political discrimination, fresh out of the gate; but, in all reality, their toughness is just a facade, to intimidate those without badges & guns. I doubt very seriously, if their would be as many NYPD sweeps, for stops-and-frisks, in neighborhoods like Soundview, the Bronx, Harlem, Manhattan, Bedstuy, Brooklyn, Jamaica, Queens, or Stapelton, Staten Island, if NYPD officers didn’t have firearms, to give them the edge over those whom they’re immorally, unethically & illegally profiling. I mean, when’s the last time that the NYPD probed, spied on, or conducted random stops-and-frisks on Wall Street, socio-economically profiling all of the top financiers, like the boys from Goldman Sachs, whom with the help of people like Henry Paulson, former Goldman exec. & Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, rob the American people blind, skating off with $700Billion worth of American tax-dollars?

Power-Hunger-
n. a drive to acquire power

The NYPD has been more focused upon absolute power than ever before. They’re now willing to pick on any demographic, just to flex their authoritative muscles, to show people who really runs this city, which are not the City Council; rather, it’s the bums in blue, who are pullin’ every body’s strings in this town. They’ve got everybody on-edge…well, not everybody: If you’re not whom they’re witch-hunting (i.e. Non-Muslim, rich, White, etc.), you still have some limited-freedoms privileges, for now. But, before you know it, even these people, at least many of them, will fall victim to the totalitarian machine which is the NYPD.

Derelction-
n. an intentional abandonment; intentional or conscious neglect

The NYPD, as a law-enforcement body, as an institution,  has systematically & deliberately abandoned their duties, to protect & serve the citizens of New York City. They’ve become volatile walking, talking time-bombs, with firepower, ready to left-off & explode, at any moments notice, with neither consequence, nor concern. It’s very sad to see how the same persons whom we pay, to protect our rights as local citizens of New York City, are the same ones who treat the bulk of us whom like common-criminals. They’re whole sense of civic-duty is lost, and it’s difficult to say whether the NYPD will ever find it’s way.

Gareth Bryant/2012