Being Black or Brown Is Not a Crime!

Police accountability involves holding both individual police officers, as well as law enforcement agencies responsible for effectively delivering basic services of crime control and maintaining order, while treating individuals fairly and within the bounds of law. 

Nationally and local families are grieving the loss of their loved ones whose lives have been taken away by police officers. Often, watching the brutality taking place right in front of mothers, fathers and children of these victims. Can you imagine their fears, the grieving and hurt that never goes away ? I can! I’ve lived with it for a couple years and as days pass, It doesn’t get any easier. A settlement can’t bring back that victim who was abused and murdered because of the color of their skin. 

  • Know Their names:

Breonna Taylor, 26 (2020) – Taylor and her boyfriend were sleeping in their home when 3 officers arrived at their home to execute a search warrant in a drug case. Mr.Walker; her boyfriend thought it was a home invasion and called 911 and fired his licensed firearm. Taylor, who was UNARMED, was shot Eight times.

Manuell Ellis, 33 (2020)- Walking home from a convenience store, an officer slammed the patrol car door into him, knocking him to the ground. 2 officers tackled him, and each beat him taking turns. Officers were charged with second-degree and first degree murder.  

Sandra Bland, 28 (2015)– Bland, who was found dead of an “apparent” suicide in a Texas jail following her arrest in a 2015 traffic stop. She recorded the officer, who “feared for his life when confronting her”. Bland recorded the traffic stop with her phone because in fact; She was in fear for her life being a black woman encountering a police officer.

George Floyd, 46 (2020)- Allegedly tried to use a counterfeit $20 Bill. Floyd was handcuffed on the ground as Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for NINE MINUTES and 29 SECONDS. Floyd pleaded with the four officers present and REPEATEDLY told them “ I Can’t Breath”. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyds neck even when he became unresponsive.

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others  spurred widespread protests against police brutality and racial injustices. Today, we keep their names alive. America’s eyes have opened to police abuse and racism. State by state, city by city, America is demanding Justice! Police brutality is the excessive and unwarranted use of force by law enforcement. It is an extreme form of police misconduct or violence and is a civil rights violation. It also refers to a situation where officers exercise undue or excessive force against a person often ending in killing black and brown citizens. According to statistics, 1 out every 4 black or hispanic men or women; has some kind of “criminal background” or has a chance of coming into contact with police. 

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 H.R.1280 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

  • The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021: Prohibits federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling, and mandates training on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement.

The Act would :Work to End Racial & Religious Profiling 

  • • Prohibits federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling. 
  • • Mandates training on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement. 
  • • Requires law enforcement to collect data on all investigatory activities. 
  • Save Lives by Banning Chokeholds & No-Knock Warrants
  • Improve Transparency by Collecting Data on Police Misconduct and Use-of-Force.

By Morgan Elmore