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Carter At Large By Lorraine B. Carter

Perceptions

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In the wake of recent police killings of young, black men, there have been a range of emotions expressed by many people—waves of anger, distrust, and a mounting disrespect for policemen. The truth is, most policemen are willing servants of the communities they patrol and obey the laws of their department. They are honest, decent, and hard-working people who risk their lives to protect us; on and off duty.

On the other hand, there are some rogue cops on the force and those are the ones who show contempt for the laws of the American Justice System and take the law into their own hands. They become the judge, jury, and the executioner. People wonder why the good policemen don’t “out” these bad comrades. Why do the good policemen seem to protect the individuals who are killing black men, women, and children? It has been mentioned that these officers of the law are trigger happy, out of control racists, who hide behind the badge to do their dirty work. Why don’t the good officers see this and turn them in? Policemen are always asking the community to turn in criminals and drug dealers. Aren’t killer’s worse and shouldn’t they be turned in and prosecuted as well?

Advice has been given all over the place on how black men should behave when confronted with a police stop; yield to authority, don’t argue, and don’t reach for anything. The men who have been killed seemingly were doing all the right things—hands up and obeying commands. Videos show many of the people killed were in full compliance of orders, but there is no protection from a rogue cop; it seems you’re at their mercy. One does ask where the good policemen are.