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I want to follow up on a subject I talked about last time.

Eric Garner, the man who died after an apparent chokehold by New York City Police, did not die in vain.

Here’s why.

All those videos that are rarely shown on the news, but are shared  all over social media,  of police officers all over the country pummeling suspects, are now being played everywhere from local public access channels to the network news.

Those videos are being highlighted, slow-mo’d and rewound with every second examined.

That was the man’s wife looking on.

He did die and the officers are all back on duty after Moore, Oklahoma prosecutors found the use of force justified.

In Atlantic City there’s a video of a 20-year old man who needed 200 stitches after being pummeled by police with batons for being underage in a casino.

In Albuquerque, there’s police video of an unarmed homeless man being shot in the back and killed by police.

Because there have been 26 officer involved shootings there since 2010 and not one single prosecution, the justice department is seeking federal supervision of the entire police department.

The grandmother seen on video being viciously beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer on an LA freeway on July 1st is still in the hospital with head injuries and has now filed a civil rights lawsuit.

Back in New York another video is going viral of another officer appearing to apply a chokehold and repeatedly punching the man in the head for sneaking into the subway.

Internal affairs is investigating.

There are too many to count and even fit into this commentary.

But I made a point yesterday and the day before to watch as many newscasts as I could.

The same story with the same title, “How Much Force Is Too Much force for Police?” was on every single one of those broadcasts both locally and nationally.

Just two days ago I ended my commentary right here on the TJMS by saying, “It’s time for New York’s mayor to have a come to Jesus with the NYPD and its commissioner.”

Low and behold, that same afternoon, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced sweeping changes and training in police tactics.

Bratton says they would be traveling to other cities throughout the country to learn how the NYPD can improve and what they can teach other departments.

43-year old Eric Garner was laid to rest in Brooklyn last night.

Wouldn’t’ it be something if someday he’s remembered for how he saved lives instead of how his life ended?

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8 thoughts on “Don Lemon Says The Time Is Now To Stop Brutal And Killer Cops!

  1. Eric Garner would have been out of jail in HOURS but he is dead because HE forced police to use force! I am tired of my people reacting emotionally, like little children, rather than rationally and strategically. If you are about to be arrested falsely, don’t fight! That is an opportunity to get paid BIG MONEY. Black folks are out taking all of this video SURveillance. Turn it into SUEveillance! If you learn how to SUE when you believe the cops have violated you the less likely things like this will happen to you. He was claiming the cops had a “habit” of harassing and arresting him which a lawyer could have EASILY proved. So, the stage for a lucrative law suit was already set. Now his family will sue but that won’t do HIM any good. He would be alive today and in position to be relatively richer if he had responded rationally rather than reacting emotionally. In times of confrontation, emotion is a luxury that only women and children can afford. Please read my blog: WHY DO GOOD PEOPLE CAUSE MORE MURDER?

  2. jamel on said:

    Until Black life is valued in society these incidents will continue to happen. As I have said over and over, black life is not seen as a value in society, so when they a black man or beat up a black woman people don’t care! These white officers are all over our communities running buck wild with a gun and badge to do whatever they want and then are found not guilty or justified in doing what they have done.
    Black men have to stop killing each other and these racists pigs have to start being prosecuted and put in jail with the population in prison to show that this BS is wrong and criminal.

  3. Linda on said:

    Cops need much more diversity training and the ones who are RACIST need to be FIRED!!!!!

    Law Enforcements motto is supposed to be “Protect & Serve”–not beat the hell out of certain folks!!!!

    Which is why I have no RESPECT for any cops and do not have any sympathy when they are shot and killed in the line of duty!!!!!

    • tewdeeq on said:

      The problem is is that whites have a different meaning for “diversity”, a definition which keeps them in a position of supremacy and blacks still at the bottom. Diversity training is not the solution for the correction of pure evil.

  4. Denise on said:

    I fully support my dear friends on the force however there is such a disproportion of Officer Involved Shootings, Excessive Force and Stop and Frisk involving black and brown citizens that not pointing it out does nothing for solving the problem. To some, there may not be a problem at all because the perception that black and brown people are more violent but that is statistically untrue. Put it this way…If I believe black mothers are more harmful and a danger to their children, then when I encounter one on my job, I will have a higher likelihood to remove the child based on my biased perception.

    I have always been afraid of Law Enforcement here and my father was afraid and he looked white.

    But in LA, DWB (driving while black) which I have encountered many times here in Los Angeles is real. Being followed in the store is real…happens every time I go in to a high in store and I busted shoplifters for a living!

    A new study came out as to why there has been a significant increase in Officer Involved Shootings, Excessive Force and Stop and Frisk. The result was that within the last 15 years more vets than non vets have been hired as “Peace Officers”. The vets have been trained, and to a significant degree indoctrinated, to evaluate threat and eliminate threat which is to shoot said threat. Their thought process, their cognitive reflexes, have been altered because they saw combat.

    When a Combat solders in policeperson’s uniform see a threat by his perceived as an enemy, a 350lb mad black man who is tired of being “stopped and frisk”, or a mentally ill woman on a freeway or a young Latino running down the street, is, what do Combat solders do?

  5. Even a low percentage of bad incidents does not justify the occurrence. I think the main issue is not that there are bad cops, but that their actions are ignored or even sanctioned.

    I am curious. in reading your article above, I noticed Moore OK was mentioned, but it seemed in reference to the NYC chokehold death. Typo or over-editing?

  6. I wonder what the ratio of “good” versus “bad” incidents is? And I wonder how it compares to the number of bad guys getting hurt versus cops getting hurt? I’d bet the data would suggest that the real problem are combative citizens, not out of control police. Shame on you for not researching the whole story before feeding the mob.

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