Juneteenth Linked Quick Limerick 107

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Brutality fatalities bequeath,
Spirit world tips: Mucked up, racist cops seethe.
Till they get canned; do due time,
Skin tone, alone, becomes crime,
Blacks’ dying words will groan/gasp, “I can’t breathe.”

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George Floyd (One Year Later)

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All citizens, sentient and civil, mourn for George Floyd; of course
We know there’s no way in Hell, we could ever endorse
That white racist cop / horse’s ass; high on his high horse
Who said, “Whoa!” to due process; spurred undue deadly force;
Whose knee snuffed out life / justice; sans microgram of remorse

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For countless other such victims; we grieve, too, of course
Be our locale bustling metropolis or town branded “One Horse”
To depose cops, demented; is the Step One we endorse
Step Two, vet job seekers, well; to create principled force
For, unless cops can feel human, we’ll feel buyer’s remorse

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The Worst Defense is a Bad Offense

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The Minneapolis Police Department’s (now ex) executioner, Derek Chauvin, is trotting out quite the defense. He’s pointing the finger of blame squarely at his police training / upbringing.

Uh huh.

As if what? Society is now supposed to give him some breathing room?

You cannot possibly be serious! We are discussing a bad cop who, back on 05/25/2020 refused to give breathing room to his arrestee.

Since when is deadly force (to flesh that out Chauvin’s knee crushing throat suffocation modus operandi), ever condoned, especially when it ends up with the needless death of an unarmed, handcuffed, motionless, not resisting arrest, groaning “Please, I can’t breath”, pinned prone to the pavement man!

George Floyd WAS that man.

Chauvin is saying what? At that point, he and his cop accomplices could not deliver Floyd to the police station; where he’d be processed, granted due process and, most importantly of all, STILL BE ALIVE?

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

U.S. Constitution • 6th Amendment Due Process Protections

In effect what we have, here, is tantamount to Chauvin deadpanning:

“I was just following orders.”

Hmm, now where oh where have we heard that pathetic excuse before?

I know! That’d be at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands; where the forces of good never take too kindly to the forces of evil; e.g., a power-tripping cop committing a crime against humanity.

Most assuredly, in that venue, there’d never ever be anyone feeling jocular about anyone whose knee crushed the jugular.

And Derek Chauvin IS that so-called man.

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John Lewis’ Good Trouble (Vid of the Day)

Our featured clip’s setup, as it appears over @YouTube…

“Founders Sing took a break from making parody videos to create an original song in honor of John Lewis. It was inspired by the powerful phrase he coined, “Good Trouble.” Now let’s all cause more Good Trouble by speaking up for justice… and VOTING!”

My kudos to Founders Sing for composing such an influential, soul searching, rallying Anthem!

R.I.P. John Lewis! While there’s much of your work, yet, to be done, your lifetime of activism and “good trouble” advocacy has afforded society a substantial starting point. The sturdy foundation you built and forward thinking you inspired will (hopefully soon) see to fruition, your vision for a unified world.

 

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Would he be open to Kiana Ledé’s open letter?

Ms. Kiana Ledé sets up her music video…

“Through all the crying and pleading, all the protesting and donating, I wanted to do something that always makes me feel lighter — singing. I came across the song “Dear Mr. President” by P!nk and realized so many of the lyrics are STILL relevant today. This song was originally released 14 years ago. I hope this song drives people to VOTE because Trump is a symbol of racism and we are facing the impending doom of his re-election. In order for us to follow through, he needs to be replaced. All of mine and Republic Records’ proceeds from the song are being donated to the NAACP Empowerment Programs which fight against issues like police brutality, wrongful imprisonment, voter suppression, racial biased education and much more.”

She also encourages donations to Black Lives Matter and National Bailout
& urges Americans (18+) to register / check their voter registration status

 

 

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Oxygen?

 

With each passing nanosecond, it is becoming tougher and tougher to bypass that 136kg / 300lb monument to ignorance and intolerance. On the road of life, he is the personification of a massive, badass orange pylon; the roadblock to the much needed and long overdue road to recovery from a multifaceted malaise…

• Be that disease that aforementioned corpulent Fascist’s choke-hold, which asphyxiates many a citizen’s freedom.

• Be that disease pre-American / American society’s reprehensible, four centuries long history of slavery; the systemic racism, which [1] drives the hangman’s noose wielding Klansmen to lynch people of color and [2] sparks police brutality, resulting in many a black man’s “I can’t breathe” pleas for mercy prior to his needless death.

• Be that disease COVID-19, which smothers economic stability / prosperity and chokes off oxygen from many a ventilator dependent human prior to her / his needless death.

• Be that disease the likely irreversible ecological devastation that will, eventually, render Earth’s atmosphere unbreathable; leave many a human gasping for what little breathable Oxygen may still remain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noah Speaks the Truth

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah presents his even-handed, nuanced, meticulous, unscripted deconstruction of yet another incident of indefensible, undue police brutality / use of deadly force. In the process, he also documents the waning moments of Rayshard Brooks’ too damned short time on Earth.

About all I can add…

• Initially, this involved a matter of suspected public intoxication… a misdemeanor offense. Granted, Brooks did scuffle with the cops, however, he also tried to flee. Most reasonable folks would readily conclude that, at that point, he posed no threat and the cop had no good reason to shoot him dead.

• Considering how multiple decades’ worth of news cycles have been dominated by stories of police brutality / unwarranted use of deadly force… most recently of how a cop had murdered George Floyd… Brooks likely surmised he was doomed and had good reason to run.

• Although Brooks’ judgment had likely been alcohol impaired, he was still sufficiently sober to react to a lifetime of indoctrinated fear.

• The very brand of deeply ingrained fear that has been handed down from generation to generation… from father to son… both within pre-American and American society… for the past 401 years.

• The sobering truth is that there’s no shortage of white lawless lawmen, who will summarily mete out the death penalty for the slightest of infractions and, all too often, even when no law has been broken, at all.

• So there’s what we do know about the death of Rayshard Brooks. However, what most of us don’t know is how that cop had gunned him down on the day before his young daughter’s birthday party [Read More Here].

• Most reasonable folks would readily conclude that the good people who’ve been pouring out into the streets have good reason to protest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheriff Taylor’s Community Building Pays Off!

No big secret, the horrifying militarization of our state and local police forces is what has been mutating municipalities into war zones, where police brutality rules and the accused… be they totally innocent bystanders, guilty of non-violent crimes or anyone in between and beyond… have been needlessly winding up six feet under.

To compare and contrast that ugly scene to its diametric opposite, let’s view a couple of scenes from The Andy Griffith Show.

Granted, real life is not a TV sitcom. But, let’s consider, anyway, the late actor, Andy Griffith, who, from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968, portrayed the small screen’s, small town Mayberry Sheriff, Andy Taylor (the antithesis of the stereotypical, deep south, bigoted lawman).

True, benign Andy’s bygone, no guns approach probably would not translate well into society today… seeing how bad guys’ are now armed to the teeth with militarized WMD. Nevertheless, there are still valuable insights found within the episode ending clip, below, which exemplify the good sheriff’s countrified, no shots fired approach to fighting crime, which real life police departments’ top brass could draw on… hopefully not with drawn guns.

BTW, I recently had the pleasure of viewing the MeTV network aired, entire episode. To flesh out the missing details…

Taylor and Barney Fife, his somewhat inept but always good intentioned Deputy, team up with visiting big city cops to chase down a dangerous on the lam crook. In the process, the bad guy hoodwinks, disarms and ropes up the gullible Fife. Soon after, Andy shows up, frees up his deputy and then plays out a hunch. After uncounted years of community building, he knows an elderly woman, who they’ve both befriended, lives in a nearby cabin. When she answers the door appearing uncharacteristically flustered and even fails to complain about her ailments (the way she normally does), Andy immediately suspects she’s been taken hostage. Ergo, for the “benefit” of the unseen, behind the door felon, he casually mentions how he’d been fishing earlier and had left his boat / raft tied up, nearby. Falling hook, line and sinker for the sheriff’s “helpful hint”, the bad guy makes use of the lake for what he believes to be the perfect escape route.

I’ll let YouTuber Major Evan’s comment tell what happens to the crook next…

“For those who haven’t seen the show, or this episode, Andy actually tricked him into taking that particular raft because it was full of holes and would inevitably sink. It forced the convict to swim back to shore where the police were waiting for him.”

Ergo, the trigger happy, big city cops, who’d been hellbent on mutating Mayberry into a war zone, stand down, feeling simultaneously wowed and a newfound respect for Sheriff Taylor’s small town, no shots fired tactics. Yep, everyone (with the possible exception of the arrested bad guy) winds up whistling a happy tune… this happy tune…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Can’t It Be Brains Over Brawn?

 

With ever-increasing frequency, police brutality has become the latest rage… George Floyd being the most recent fatality. Indeed, the video of his murder by a judge, jury and executioner cop, makes it damned near impossible for anyone to believe that good cops even exist anymore.

The totally justifiable, nearly palpable public outcry has poured out into the streets and is also getting infused, in real time, within our streamed, aired and blogged reportage. And all of that has translated out into our clear-cut, demographics spanning demand:

END POLICE BRUTALITY NOW!

Public servants serve no one when they crack open skulls, fracture other bones, bruise and bloody human flesh… when they, far too damned frequently and ever so casually, resort to murder to quench their thirst for blood… to even further their own psychotic, ideological agendas.

Granted, no one could ever fault cops, who’ve been left no other choice but to defend themselves. Even so, it’s the brains over brawn favoring officers who always do their utmost to avoid, wherever / whenever possible, the use of deadly force.

However, there’s the flip side to that coin. Right on cue, are the incriminating videos, where we become eyewitness to cops assaulting / murdering arrestees, who have ALREADY been subdued!

Why the hell these officers could not calmly seat their prisoners in the back of their cruisers and promptly drive them off to jail, beats the hell out of us (hopefully… never literally).

How bad cops’ superiors respond to police brutality incidents typically involves their call for remedial action… a game-plan that’s tantamount to what? A game? A time out? After school detention? A slap on the wrist? A phoned in, paint by the numbers, crash course in sensitivity training? As if what? Cops can actually be taught to act civilized? Is that even possible?

Is that even wise?

And what if the lessons to be learned are not actually learned? Especially tough to ever fully overcome is that offensive, rolled eyes, smirking, scoffing, bad cop arrogance and aggression.

The time has arrived to reinvent, restaff and rebuild our state and local police departments. Due to the pandemic, at present, there are multiple millions of unemployed people. Amongst this vast untapped labor force, it should not be all that difficult to [1] secure worthy applicants, who possess within their heads, hearts and souls, the very innate intellect, sensitivity and civility required to protect humanity and [2] promptly hire them!

 

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Just Following Orders? (1 Quick Limerick #101)

 

An anti-American, treasonous cur,
Conspires to conquer protestors, astir,
If Trump’s intrigues, illegit,
Green lit a homeland nuke hit?
Would top brass respond with their “No” or “Yes sir!”?