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Recently I saw on Facebook about a young African American male ( brutha) Jonathan A. Ferrell, who was involved in an accident. He kicked out the glass to his car, got out of the car, and walked to a home near by for assistance. Now I don't fault the person at home not answering the door and calling the police because I understand that in some area people are getting taken advantage of and being robbed. They could have at least asked through the door what he wanted. Anyway, What I do find alarming is that when the police arrived and the male saw them he was probably thinking "great I have help finally arriving" that he ended up being a victim and being killed. He was unarmed, he was engaged to be married within the year, and he was a stellar athlete.
It made me think we just celebrated in Washington, DC the speech that was delivered "I have a Dream" it been 50 years and I am fearing for the lives of my nephews, my cousins, my brothers. I am fearing that the Black Male will become extinct. If in our communities we are facing black on black crime, we have free range with stand your ground in certain states, and now if you see my relative standing on your porch knocking you can call and put a hit on him.
Now if it is supposed to be justice for all, as a taxpayer I am paying salaries, and I have a voice to speak to city council, news, and my state representatives. Before everyone gets trigger happy let's just remember "Law Enforcement Oath of Honor".
On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community and the agency I serve.
So it makes me want to scream and say Knock Knock... Answer your door!!!
R.I.P. Jonathan A. Ferrell