It was a very sad evening for me . I'm not sure what I am most sad about : Whether Justice has been thwarted, a young man's life was taken by an officer or the reaction of those out rioting and destroying their own neighborhoods and businesses. What do we gain by destroying our homes, businesses, and families ? Who wins? What messages are being sent to the world by such actions ?
Another incident of a cop shooting a young teenager. I'm not even going to add Black to the scenario because race at this point is irrelevant of the fact that a teen is dead. Our Youth !
I wasn't there. I have no idea what went down. There are allegations that the teen charged the officer. If so, would things have turned out different?? Which leads me to another anger:
At what point is it ever o.k. to get physical with authority? I have heard how youth talk to their parents and other adults and there have been times when the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and I would cringe listening to the disrespect and rage coming out of such little bodies. I'm not saying he did something wrong because again, I was not there. I am only speaking of what I have witnessed in many young adults and pre-adults. We need to teach our children to respect those in authority......scratch that. We need to teach them to respect period ! It is important for them to understand how to communicate properly and not always through rage .
Second our judicial system is BROKEN ! There is a code of ethic that an officer is sworn to live by. Even if an office swears by these ethics, there must be more accountability. Just because an officer is an officer, doesn't make him or her morally superior to every one else. Nor should they be above the law. They lie like everyone else. We need to demand more accountability from our officers.
We need to boycott, write our congress, complain, bitch, sue, vote and hold our authorities accountable. But burning down our homes??
I had two different post I was going to submit this week and next. However I have decided to devote the rest of this month and next in silence for all the families that have suffered directly or indirectly in situations like this . I devote this month and next month to a non violent solution.
And may a change come for the better.