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#BlackLivesMatter | The black cop who has a problem with ‘Black Lives Matter’; Lora King and the LAPD; and BLM activists change tune

The black cop who has a problem with ‘Black Lives Matter’

“Black Lives do not matter to most black people…Only the lives that are taken at the hands of cops or white people, matter.”
In his lengthy digital essay  former Baltimore police officer Jay Stalien challenged assertions that black people are unfairly penalised by law enforcement. It was his arguments about black-on-black violence that seemed to get the most attention. Drawing on his own experience, Stalien said he chose a career in law enforcement because:
“I watched and lived through the crime that took place in the hood. My own black people killing others over nothing. Crack heads and heroin addicts lined the lobby of my building as I shuffled around them to make my way to our 1 bedroom apartment with 6 of us living inside. I wanted to help my community and stop watching the blood of African Americans spilled on the street at the hands of a fellow black man.”

 

Black Lives Matter activist changes tune on police following robbery

A University of Houston grad student active in the local Black Lives Matter movement is suddenly all for police patrols in his neighborhood — after he was robbed at gunpoint outside his apartment.
Jerry Ford Jr., described as one the leaders of the BLM movement on campus, tells KTRK that he spotted the young man loitering outside his apartment one evening last week but thought little of it. But when he went to unlock the door, the man pulled a gun and stole Ford’s wallet and cell phone.

 

Black activist robbed; gains new appreciation for police

A black rights advocate, often critical of Tampa police relations, was assisted by officers early Saturday morning after being robbed at gunpoint in Ybor City.
Ali Muhammad is well known in the Bay Area community for calling attention to the need for police reform during the selection process of the police citizens review board. He also wants to put an end to black crime, encouraging community members to come forward after several deadly shootings.
Muhammad became the victim of a black-on-black crime after a night of working as a DJ at a club in Ybor City. While walking down 8th Avenue around 3 a.m., Muhammad was robbed at gunpoint.
“I was approached by a young black male who just came up to me and said, ‘Give me your earrings and your backpack,'” recalled Muhammad. “He took everything I had. At the time, he didn’t take my cell phone, and that’s what made me call 911.”
Editor’s note: The New Black Panther Party has since disputed Muhammad’s role as a leader of the organization. The local party Facebook page calls him a “local chairman” but the party, after this story was published, stated he “does not currently hold leadership position.
 

Rodney King's daughter Lora King, 32, stands shoulder-to-shoulder with a group of Los Angeles Police Officers as they meet with a group of young people who have had their own run-ins with police at a meeting of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, which provides at-risk youth with job training, education and work, in downtown Los Angeles Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. She was just 7 when her father was beaten by the LAPD. Her message: It's more important to build bridges with officers than to stand against the, and that a whole police department can't be judged by the actions of a few.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Rodney King’s daughter Lora King, 32, stands shoulder-to-shoulder with a group of Los Angeles Police Officers as they meet with a group of young people who have had their own run-ins with police at a meeting of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, which provides at-risk youth with job training, education and work, in downtown Los Angeles Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. She was just 7 when her father was beaten by the LAPD. Her message: It’s more important to build bridges with officers than to stand against the, and that a whole police department can’t be judged by the actions of a few.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

A touching picture of reconciliation: The extraordinary moment Rodney King’s daughter stands shoulder to shoulder with LAPD cops in an effort to ‘build bridges’ with the police

Rodney King’s daughter was just seven when her father was beaten bloody by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, sparking race riots that left 55 people dead.
But now in an extraordinary moment of reconciliation, 32-year-old Lora King joined a dozen LAPD cops on Thursday, hugging many of them, in an effort to ‘build bridges’ with the police.
She was there to join them in a talk to young people who have had their own run-ins with officers.
 

Police officers aren’t the ones destroying the black community

The facts of the Ferguson, Missouri case are still unclear, which, of course, hasn’t stopped anyone from jumping to definitive conclusions on the matter. All we know is that two men allegedly attacked a police officer, and at least one of them ended up dead. The police chief says they assaulted the officer while he was getting out of his car, and that a struggle over the officer’s firearm ensued. Some eye witnesses claim that Mike Brown, the man killed in the altercation, had his hands up and was surrendering when the officer callously gunned him down.
These eye witnesses could be painting an accurate portrait of the incident, or they could be mistaken, or they could be lying. Or, as is almost always the case, there is a bit of all of these factors at work. I don’t know. I’d prefer to let the dust settle and all of the facts come to light before I make any proclamations about the exact nature of the event. This is a radical and unprecedented approach, I realize, but I’ve always been a trailblazer. I like to call my strategy “don’t be a reckless, ignorant, hysterical instigator who immediately diagnoses a situation based on whatever overarching political narrative you subscribe to, and then reaffirms those assumptions by quickly ingesting an assortment of Tweets and half-cocked headlines from notoriously ideological news outlets,” or the DBRIHIWIDSBWOPNYSTRTAQIATHCHFNINO method, for short.
Still, there are a few general issues that have sprung forth from the looting and mayhem, and I’d like to address them each individually:
1) Hating all cops because some of them are abusive isn’t any more justifiable than hating all black people because some of them protested an officer involved shooting by burning down their own neighborhood.
I’m as critical as anyone when police officers take advantage of their power. I think some cops are arrogant jerks and I think law enforcement, in general, is becoming overly militarized. I’m also a huge proponent of civil liberties and a passionate defender of the 4th amendment.
That said, a just and civilized society needs laws, and laws need to be enforced, and police officers are entrusted with that noble and necessary task. If a thorough investigation reveals this particular officer to be guilty of murder, by all means arrest and prosecute him. But whether he is or isn’t, only a ridiculous fool would use this incident, or an incident like it, to disparage all police officers everywhere.
 

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