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What Daniel Prude’s Death Means

 In yet another tragic story of police brutality, 41-year-old African American Daniel Prude has died. Why is this case so important? Because it needs to be the final wake-up call for American citizens everywhere. A wake-up call to action for change in the police structure and to push for police reform.

 Before analyzing this situation, let me explain how he died and the events leading up to and after his death. At the time of his death in Rochester New York, Daniel Prude was having a mental health episode. Moments earlier his worried brother Joe Prude took him to a facility, as he was having suicidal thoughts. After they were sent back home, Joe found that Daniel was missing. Worried about his brother’s health and safety, he decided to call the police. Upon arriving, the police insisted they would find Daniel. Many times Joe insisted that his brother wasn’t a threat, and was just having a mental health episode. He reiterated this point several times to the police officers.

 The police officers had found Daniel, but instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, they resorted to using brute force. They placed a spit hood on his head and pinned him into the ground, including on top of his neck. Eventually, he stopped breathing. His death was confirmed several days later in the hospital. The cause: asphyxiation.

Response

 So what happened to the police officers? Rochester New York mayor Lovely Warren has dealt them “justice”. Each one of them was suspended with pay. But before talking about the punishment of the police officers, how the case was handled afterwards is just as important.

The police chief reportedly told the mayor that Daniel died of an overdose. This blatant lie brings up another important point. What the public understands from police cases is from police reports. But for their own interests, they wouldn’t say anything that demeans them. So the officers lie or twist the truth to not look like the bad guys. Eventually the truth is unveiled, but only in part to evidence from video footage. The video footage usually contradicts the police report. There have been many instances of this throughout the criminal justice system; one simply needs to type in a google search, and a slew of results will pop-up. This is also very worrying as police officers, the enforcers of justice, are breaking one of the most basic rules of justice that every kid in kindergarten knows. They are lying.

The mayor’s response is also disconcerting. No matter how you view the video evidence or the scientific autopsy, Daniel was murdered. Murder, except in self-defense, which this case is not, is a severe crime. Just because this death was due to police officers responding to a call doesn’t exonerate them. The law must be upheld no matter who it deals with. A suspension isn’t the right response from mayor Lovely Warren, it should be a trial in court; just like for every other murder case.

A Corrupt System

 While this case is a racial issue, it is also, if not more, an exclamation of the corrupt policing system in this country. A study concluded that fatal police violence is the leading cause of death for men ages 25 to 29 in America, across all racial groups. On average, African Americas are at a higher percent of being stopped by police. There is a whole list of how African Americans suffer a higher percentage of inequality in the justice system such as how they account for 5% of illicit drug users but represent 33% of those incarcerated for drug offenses. African Americans represent 32% of the U.S. population, but 56% of those incarcerated. The list goes on.

 Most recently a white mother called the cops to help with her 13-year-old white autistic son. He, like Daniel, was having a mental health episode. When police arrived they assured her that everything would be taken care of. Moments later, he was shot in the back while trying to run away from the police. This is a 13-year-old boy. A variety of other methods could have been used to stop him: stun gun, rubber bullets, using their body mass to hold him, etc… But they immediately resorted to the most lethal solution. Both mother and son were extremely lucky in this situation as the son survived, but imagine if it had gone wrong as it did with Daniel. The story would be different.

 This is a systematic problem with how law enforcement handles problems. A police union head said that the officers in Daniel’s case followed training “step by step”. The training of police officers should be to prevent death, not cause it. These tactics are too harsh, and they can’t be trusted as seen with Daniel and George Floyd. But if the union official was right, then the issue becomes that these tactics aren’t being used properly. The standard police procedure is to subdue not put down.

This also highlights another element of this corrupt system. Police unions. Not only are they overlooked in such incidents, but they also play key roles in exacerbating this type of behavior by making sure the officers don’t suffer punishment and even supporting how the officers approached the issue. The current policing structure needs to be reformed if any progress is to be made. One of the solutions which are growing in support is the movement to defund the police.

Defunding the Police

 Conservatives and right-wing supporters think that the defund the police movement seeks to do literally what the name entails, but because they don’t want to understand the issue from another point of view, they not only falsely interpret the intention but spread they misinterpret ideology amongst supporters. And the supports fervent beliefs in these ideologies lead to unnecessary conflict. So let me clarify what defunding the police means.

 The budgets of the police forces of many major cities are equivalent to the military budgets of entire nations. For example, the six billion dollar NYPD police budget is equivalent to Ukraine’s military budget. Many of this money is being used for unnecessary tasks that the police don’t need to handle, such as homelessness. Homelessness isn’t something for the police to handle, rather humanitarian organizations or shelters. These are people who just need something to eat and someplace to sleep. How could the police help them? And this is the key point. Defunding the police only seeks to redirect the money allocated to police stations for uses they do not need to other government organizations that can provide better help than the police for which the funding was given.

 Now, I’m not saying all police are bad. There a lot of good cops doing their duty who deserve a lot of respect. I’m saying specific sections of the system by which justice is enforced is bad. There will always be a few bad police officers or mishandled cases because humans aren’t perfect. But if it is to the extent to which an entire race feels the oppression. If it makes a lot of cops the criminals. If it makes a group of people fears the police instead of trusting them. If innocents are being hurt, and those hurting them aren’t punished. Then something needs to be done. And something will be done.

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“Barack Obama Pushed LeBron James Away From Pivotal NBA Strike”

Your worst enemy will always be an enemy that does not appear to be one at all. We see the best examples of these kinds of enemies in our favorite TV shows and movies. It was Scar to Mufasa in the Lion King, Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, Nicki Marron to Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, and Fredo Corleone to his brothers in Godfather II. These characters did not appear to be enemies, but they were. In many cases, this is my view of Barack Obama to Black America. He does not appear to be an enemy, but he has made moves that make me question whether he is.

As of right now, Black America is so focused on our current president, Donald Trump, they do not see the potential threat right in our backyard, but of course, Donald Trump is a known bigot. He has no filter, and he has said many racist things in the past and in the present whether that be through Twitter or any of his latest press conferences. While we cannot ignore phrases such as “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” from Trump regarding protesters who sought justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, we also cannot ignore the countless moves Obama has made that do the opposite of benefiting Black America.

Barack Obama is the most dangerous man to Black America.

Now before you call me a coon, a sellout, an Uncle Tom, or anything in between, just hear me out. I stand with those who agree we need to get Donald Trump out of the White House. Another four years with Trump will be detrimental and I would never vote for him, but I am also not blind to what is going on with the Democrats. Barack Obama has strategically maneuvered Joe Biden to be the only Democratic candidate we have left. He pulled some strings behind the scenes of the Democratic nominations that pushed Biden to the frontline. This is the same man who, once became president, said he was not the president of Black America but was the president of the United States of America. Now don’t get me wrong, I was ecstatic when Obama first ran. I voted for him. I supported him, and I was beyond happy and proud when he won, but we are talking about a man who spent eight years as president and did nothing that directly impacted or benefited Black Americans. We are talking about a man who shut down the Occupy Wall Street Movement while Biden was by his side. If he and Biden did not create a specific policy that would support ending the injustices Blacks face in America then, how can we really count on them to do it now?

Here we are today in 2020 screaming “Black lives matter,” a phrase that should not have a rebuttal, but is faced with the phrase “all lives matters” as if we are not aware, but with the number of countless shootings of unarmed black men and women and injustices during this year alone, us Black Americans feel otherwise. After seeing George Floyd take his last breath on camera, you would think something would be done. There was absolutely no question as to whether his murder was justified or not. This man was killed in cold blood while the world could see, but just shy of three months later we had another police shooting of Jacob Blake caught on camera. Black America is yet again outraged. Among those who were outraged were NBA leaders LeBron James and Chris Paul. They stood up to fight against police brutality, refusing to be silent. They went as far as to say they would have an NBA strike in order to see justice served, but who do you think shut that notion down? It was not Trump, the out-in-the-open bigot. It was Barack Obama, someone Black Americans trust.

Do you know how big of an impact an NBA strike would have made had that notion been fulfilled? Do you know or understand how many pockets would have been hit with a move so radical? Millions of dollars would have been at stake for NBA owners, the league, basketball arenas, advertisers, etc. That would have gotten millions of people’s attention, but the NBA leading justice reform was short-lived because Obama decided turning basketball arenas into voting stations would be of better use, as if voting is something we do not know how to do.

Voting is not the issue. America needs aggressive, radical change. Voting for Biden is not going to change police brutality, which was on the rise when Obama was in office. If you take a look back at history, this country was not set up for Black Americans to thrive. Slavery, the 1944 G.I. Bill, redlining, lynchings, and so many more events have kept Black Americans from reaching their fullest potential. Even the history of starting a police force was a disadvantage to Blacks. Some of the first police forces created were formed in order to keep the slaves in line and to prevent them from running. That is the history of the police department, to keep the Black folk in line, and we still see that today. Change has to take place from the inside, but it is those of us on the outside that must strategically push for change and hitting America in the pockets is a start.

We have been protesting for years. We have been voting for years, and I am not saying we should stop doing those things, but when you still have to listen to Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris dance around questions regarding creating a solid policy that will end qualified immunity and police brutality, it is disheartening and something more radical needs to be done.

I really hope Black America wakes up and sees Barack Obama is doing more harm than good. He had eight years to make a change but instead, he has only shut down Black America’s attempts to rise up and get what we have been fighting for, and that is to only be treated equally. Wake up Black America. We must continue without him.

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by Tim Black

Disturbing Body Cam footage of George Floyd’s arrest and murder by officer Derek Chauvin has leaked. DailyMail.com obtained video from the bodycams of officers Thomas Lane and Alex Kueng, who were part of George Floyd’s fatal arrest on Memorial Day in Minneapolis.

The new bodycam footage does not exonerate Officer Derek Chauvin. The newly obtained George Floyd footage shows an even a more disoriented, non-threatening George Floyd. Floyd appears in an obviously distressed state as he makes repeated pleas for help all of which were ignored by Minneapolis Officers.

Let’s hope Derek Chauvin and the other officers are convicted.

Here’s the extended footage:

The protests ignited by the murder of George Floyd continue. No Justice. No Peace.

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