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Together We Stand

Winter 2016

Together We Stand is more than a Facebook Group, more than an organization, it is a Movement. Our mission is to proactively dismantle racism, discrimination and police brutality through education, advocacy and legislation. This is our very first newsletter, and we welcome you to our family.

2015 In Review

I started this group with the hopes of creating a forum where people could have open, honest and respectful dialogues on the difficult issues surrounding racism in this country. Never could I have imagined what was to come. Since our inception in August, Together We Stand, (TWS) has evolved from one person, into a group of over 1,200 amazing members, all of whom have shown their commitment and dedication to ending racism, discrimination and police brutality.

We have advocated on behalf of many, some who are no longer here to advocate for themselves, and some who needed others to join in their fight for equality and justice. Here is a list and brief summary of a few of the cases we have assisted in:

Laquan McDonald

The murder of Laquan McDonald by officer Van Dyke, and the subsequent handling of the case by the police, prosecutors, and local government was nothing less than abhorrent. We have called for the resignation of both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Prosecutor Anita Alvarez and are following the campaign of Prosecutor Alvarez in 2016 and plan to continue challenging her throughout. TWS sent out numerous letters to state and local government along with law enforcement, denouncing the terrible racial injustices that plagued not only this case, but the city of Chicago.

Lateef Dickerson:

The acquittal of officer Thomas Webster IV in the assault of Lateef Dickerson was an absolute injustice to Mr. Dickerson and a blow to the morale of his community. We reached out to Mayor Christiansen, Police Chief Bernat and President of the Dover County NAACP Mr. Dunn, asking for the termination of officer Webster and offering our assistance in helping their community work through this and develop preventative measures so occurrences like this won’t happen again. Our follow up committee is still working on this as of March.

Corey Jones:

This case is particularly close to us as we have Family of Corey’s in TWS. Corey was killed on the side of the road after his car broke down. Corey was shot 3 times by plain clothed officer Officer Nouman Raja. Officer Raja claimed he believed the van to be abandoned and was then confronted by an armed suspect. There was no evidence to back up this claim. TWS along with several other organizations vpushed for there to be an independent investigation into this case. The officer was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired in November. The family made the following statement:

“While we are pleased that the city of Palm Beach Gardens has terminated the employment of the officer who gunned down Corey Jones, we maintain that the officer in question must also be held criminally liable for his reckless actions that night,” the statement read. “Our family remains hopeful that the outside agencies brought in to investigate Corey’s killing will soon begin to yield factual information about how and why this officer acted so callously.”

Gresham School:

Rosella “Rose” Kaquatosh was wearing a Menominee medicine pouch when a kitchen employee at Gresham school allegedly demanded she take it off, citing tobacco products were not allowed on school property. After being taken to Principal Keary Mattson, he allegedly examined the pouch and removed some of the tobacco, which was culturally inappropriate and insensitive. She was in tears and the actions on the part of the school were not only culturally insensitive, but also disrespectful. TWS wrote the school board and principal demanding an apology and a safe environment for all students to practice their diverse beliefs. During a follow up conversation, we are pleased to say that a provision to allow such religious and spiritual items is now in place and the staff has undergone diversity and cultural sensitivity training.

Sandra Bland:

We have written letters to the state and local authorities calling for an independent investigation into the death of Sandra Bland as well as prosecution of the arresting officer. We have also circulated a petition asking Vanita Gupta the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to open an investigation. We are pleased that the arresting officer Brian Encinia, was finally terminated, yet we still continue to push for criminal charges against Encinia and those involved in the death of Ms. Bland and the subsequent cover up that ensued.

John Carroll University:

TWS member Brittany Kincaid, a student at John Carroll and part of the university’s African American Alliance, was involved in a movement on campus demanding structural changes to staff and curriculum to make the campus a more inclusive and culturally diverse environment. TWS wrote to president Niehoff on behalf of the AAA, stating our full support of their demands and asking that he take any and all necessary steps to rid the community of racist vitriol. We also asked that a safe space for students of color to express their needs be provided. We look forward to assisting other universities in creating and maintaining an atmosphere of Trust Respect Empathy and Ethics.

2016 A Look Ahead

Advocacy

We have hit the ground running this year! We receive many requests everyday for assistance in cases across the nation and are pleased that word of our organization is spreading to those in need. We also want to thank our members who diligently report issues and cases to us, we appreciate your dedication. Here is a peek at some of the work we have done so far this year::

Mayor Hagen:

After Mayor of Superior, Wisconsin, Bruce Hagen, posted anti Islamic rhetoric on social media, TWS assisted one of our group members, Kym Young, in her work to demand his resignation. We reached out directly to the mayor and also to state representative Milroy. We truly believe that there is no place for racism, oppression or discrimination in our country and specifically within our government. To see our elected officials act in such hateful and inciting ways is totally unacceptable. We will be campaigning against Hagen in the upcoming election.

Victor School District:

After being notified that a bilingual educational aide for Victor Elementary School District was posting racist pictures and rhetoric we spoke to the Superintendent and the person in question was informed that her behavior was not appropriate or acceptable. We believe in the first amendment, but we do not believe it is a pass to tout racist or hateful rhetoric. Clearly we cannot go after everyone who does this, but given the person in question was working with children of color in a school, we felt it important to say something.

Gynnya McMillen:

The death of Gynnya McMillen, at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Justice Center still remains a painful mystery for her family. The cause and circumstances surrounding her death have not been made available. The family has asked the public for help in finding answers. We have contacted the Principal of the detention center as well as the Mayor of Elizabethtown, Kentucky demanding answers. We will continue to follow up and support the family in whatever way we can.

Tamir Rice:

This case is one that hits us all hard given it was a child, Tamir Rice, who was killed so senselessly. A grand Jury failed to indict the officers in this case and it has been an impossible injustice to accept. TWS has been in touch with the City Council, Mayor, and Chief of Police regarding the impact this has had on the community, and how we can work collectively to insure this doesn’t happen again. We are also calling for Prosecutor McGinty to resign. His clear bias has tainted this case and his handling of it all but guaranteed there would be not Justice for Tamir or his family. He is up for reelection this year and if he does not resign, we will fight to make sure this is his last year in office.

Judge Olu Stevens:

Judge Stevens is an example of someone in our criminal justice system who is doing this right and unfortunately because of that he has become a target. Within the last year, Judge Stevens repeatedly has made national headlines, most notably for dismissing juries that were not racially diverse. Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine had asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to decide whether Stevens has the authority to dismiss juries for having too few black members, as the judge has done twice. The state Judicial Conduct Commission is investigating Stevens for insinuating on Facebook that Wine is racist and wanted “all-white juries.” TWS is investigating Wine’s history and plan to write his office denouncing his action against having diverse jury pools. We are also contacting the Chief Justice John Minton regarding this case and his removal of Judge Stevens from cases because of his stance on diverse juries and for speaking out against Tom Wine’s motives. It is important that we support those who do the right thing in the face of adversity.

Felicia Huston:

We have written the North Carolina Parole Commission on behalf of the family of Felicia Huston who was murdered by Robert Hinton, asking that his parole be denied and he be forced to continue his life sentence.

Flint Water Crisis:

TWS is working in conjunction with Stanley Plumbers and Crossing Water to secure home water filtration systems for 200 of Flint’s most needy. The filters are in the process of being tested to insure they will properly filter out the high levels of lead and iron found in the water supply.

If you would like to donate money to the residents of Flint please do so through Crossing Water at https://www.crowdrise.com/crossingwaterworkingforflint

Special thanks to Stanley Plumbing and Michael Hood of Crossing Water for your collaboration.

Three Strikes Reform Act:

We are joining Choose1.org and TWS member LaTease Levye in supporting the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2016. To read about the initiative and volunteer to help, please visit http://www.choose1.org

Nonprofit

Fundraising

Everyone knows that to start a nonprofit organization there must be fundraising! We have a few ways that you our supporters can help us grow our organization and in turn assist us in not only advocating for people on a larger scale, but also in our efforts to train youth to become social justice leaders. We have two crowd funding campaigns and the links are below. For those who cannot donate monetarily, we always need volunteers! If you would like to volunteer time please email us at twstherevolution@yahoo.com

As of the publishing of this letter we have received $620 from some of our members and we’d like to thank you all!

Toya Marie, Edwin Harris, Julie White, Rhonda Leath, Eva Caraher, Julie A. Fernandez, Amber Kerr, Rahel Smith, Eva Cohen, Tyler Gage, Caroline Gage, Yolanda McInnis, Dwight Ford, Don Scott, Daniel Schuette, Nancy Slocum and Lori Thames!!!!!

TWS wants you all to know that your assistance is so meaningful! With the funds we have raised so far we were able to get help with our logo, get our website going and get our filing fee for incorporation paid.

We recently launched two fundraising campaigns selling TWS shirts and Hoodies. This was a time limited campaign and we were unable to meet our minimum sold to go to print, but we want to thank everyone who did order and let you know that if you’d still like to support us you can do so at the links below!

Gofundme:

https://www.gofundme.com/TogetherWeStand1

Generosity:

http://igg.me/at/1xGsMVwExcU

Workshops

Sevgi has been running groups and workshops for many years with her company Diverse World Coaching. Last fall she began the first of a series of workshops by TWS that she hopes to bring across the country, Unite Against Racism:Breaking Down Walls and Building Community. The series ran from November-February and covered some of the following topics:

• White Privilege

• Conversations with my Black Child

• Examining Bias

• Police Brutality

The next series will focus on Political Action, specifically looking at groups like the Black Panther Party from the past, and Black Lives Matter today. What works, what doesn’t, and how do we move Together We Stand into a position to affect change in 2016 and beyond.

Meet our Board of Directors

  


Sevgi Fernandez/President

Sevgi founded Diverse World Coaching 8 years ago after many years working with high risk youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in working with blended, cross-cultural and interracial families as well as individuals struggling with racial identity formation, anxiety and depression.

Sevgi has a successful blog covering that reaches readers in over 60 countries She is a published author and seasoned speaker. She offers workshops in the following areas:

 • Racism and White Privilege

 • Parenting Mixed Race Children: Understanding their Racial Identity Development

 • Navigating the Blended Family

 • Youth Empowerment through Community Action

Sevgi is the Senior Vice President of Race and Cultural Diversity at ARMCGlobal providing research, executive coaching and product development.

She did her undergraduate and graduate work in Psychology at the Western Institute for Social Research and now sits on their board of directors.

Sevgi is now embarking on what she believes is her life’s work in Together We Stand. Her vision of a movement that crosses the nation ending racism through education, advocacy and legislation is certainly going to be a challenging goal, but her life has prepared her for this moment, this movement.

  

Dr. John P Fernandez

Dr. John P. Fernandez is the founder and president of Advanced Research Management Consultants Global, LLC. He also works closely and in collaboration with Diverse World Coaching.

Prior to founding ARMC Global, John worked for 15 years at AT&T, becoming the first Black division level operations manager. Responsible for a division that had over 500,000 customers, John developed and enhanced processes for selling, construction, engineering, human resource management and technological innovation.Based on his extensive experience working with many corporate clients and issues, John has written and produced more than 36 videos on human resource management, leadership, cross-cultural teams, Diversity and Proactive Inclusion®, and GlobalTREE℠ from a global perspective. He has written and developed e-learnings for Bank of America, Citibank, GlaxoSmithKline, and Lucent.Dr. John P. Fernandez is the author of 10 books and has received critical acclaim as one of the world’s leading thinkers in areas of leadership, team building, diversity, childcare, eldercare, and human resource management. He is currently working on a new book about glass-ceiling phenomenon, and the global perception of female managers.After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, John received his Ph.D. from the University California at Berkeley. As a highly sought out speaker, John has appeared on CNBC, CNN and Marketplace on National Public Radio. John has taught at Yale, New York University, Antioch, and the University of Pennsylvania.

  

Carol Laborde/Outreach and Research

Carol Laborde received her BA in Sociology from Nyack College. Carol is retired now and has spent much of the last three decades volunteering her time and skills to various nonprofit organizations. She worked with the Rockland Family Shelter for battered women and children from 1988-2002. During that time she served as a Rape Crisis Trauma Counselor, was on the Board of Directors from 1988-2002, and served as President of the Board from 1998-2002. Carol also served on the Board of the Nyack Center, aiding at risk youth with breakfast club and after school mentoring. Carol currently heads up TWS advocacy communications and works as an Ambassador for Hope with Shared Hope International, an organization working to end sex trafficking.

Ty Anderson/Chaplain

Ty Anderson has his Associates in Graphic Arts as well as being a self taught artist.

Ty worked for the City of Rochester’s Public Library Promotions Graphics & Public relations department and also sat on the Quality Council Team which assisted in fairness and accountability between Supervisors and their employees. He is also a part of his community’s Neighborhood Empowerment Team/NET and currently works in Forestry as an Arborist.

Ty is an American of mixed European, African & Native-American heritage. The spirit of family, culture, ethnicity and inner accountability are things he takes great pride in which have fueled his passion for bringing people together. Helping others to discover their commonalities and celebrate their diversity is something he excels at and brings to TWS as our online moderator. Serving in the capacity of TWS Chaplin, Ty’s goals are to help keep the group moving in a positive and affirming direction, keeping our mission to educate and advocate, one of integrity based on Trust, Respect, Empathy and Ethics.*

*GlobalTree, Trust Respect Empathy and Ethics, ARMCG 2015

  

Rhonda Leath/Secretary

Rhonda Leath was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Rhonda majored in Psychology and minored in Journalism at Los Angeles Trade Tech and Southwest College. Rhonda worked as a youth counselor in residential treatment and as an EMT on the Psych Emergency Team. She is a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 7 and is active in her community doing faith based and social justice work. Rhonda is a key member of TWS doing endless work behind the scenes assisting with administrative work and research.

In closing we want to welcome you to our TWS family and ask that you spread the word about who we are and what we do!

#TogetherWeStand

#TheRevolutionIsHere

Follow us on Twitter @Twsrevolution

Racist’s Fear

The FBI’s Record Of Police Killings Does Not Include Tamir Rice Or Eric Garner

An ineffective system has left Tamir Rice and Eric Garner — two high-profile police brutality victims of the previous year — off the federal government’s official record of homicides by officers. In fact, out of 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States, 17,776 refused to provide such data

http://newsone.com/3211408/eric-garner-and-tamir-rice-missing-from-the-fbis-record-of-police-killings/

“I Feared For My Life:” Teen Tackled By D.C. Police Speaks Out, May File Civil Rights Lawsuit

The Washington D.C. college student who was chased, tackled, and injured by police gave the ironic explanation commonly used by officers in fatal shootings — the same valid declaration uttered by many in communities of color when encountering those sworn to protect them — he feared for his life.

http://wchbnewsdetroit.newsone.com/3153860/i-feared-for-my-life-teen-tackled-by-d-c-police-speaks-out-may-file-civil-rights-lawsuit/

Student activist flags down inequality with help from the NAACP

Rachel E. Anderson The Oxford Eagle Most people are hesitant to challenge tradition. Tysianna “Ty” Marino is not one of those people. Marino, a public policy leadership student from Pascagoula, Mississippi, has always considered herself an activist. From sporting her “I Can’t Breathe” sweatshirt (a reference to the final words Eric Garner said before he […]

http://oxfordstories.net/2015/10/10/student-activist-flags-down-inequality-with-help-from-the-naacp/

Sorry, Not ALL Lives Matter…..

  
By Sevgi Fernandez

Together We Stand

Some of you may have heard of this post but for those of you that have not, I’m spreading the word.

In case you are one of the disillusioned that still believes your life matters to the police that are sworn to protect and serve, read on. 

I’ll state this before I go any further. Not ALL cops are bad, there are many who perform their jobs with care, integrity, bravery and humanity. However, there is a population in law enforcement that have a very scary and dangerous attitude towards human lives.

The following is a Facebook post written by officer William James Manifold, with an introduction by the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police.

Sorry, Not All Lives Matter

“This insightful and impassioned public commentary was written and posted to Facebook by William James Manifold. It is a powerful commentary that we felt needed to be repeated. Here it is in its entirety with a minor edit.”(FOP)

The post reads:

“So last night I noticed on my newsfeed, one of my Facebook friends made a statement that really pissed me off. Something along the lines of “Why do people have to hashtag when in mourning that certain lives matter…all lives matter”. This comment was obviously in response to the community outpouring of support for Ofc. Kerrie Orozco who ended her watch yesterday afternoon. I wanted to take a moment to respond.
First I beg to differ with you. All lives don’t matter. Now there’s a shocking statement, but it deserves repeating. All lives don’t matter…all lives have the potential to matter…but most certainly all lives don’t matter. Allow me to explain:
Ofc Kerrie Orozco, now her life mattered. Why, well let me tell you a little about her. First she chose to serve her community, state and country by being a protector, a defender, a part of a thin blue line, a line of individuals past and present that stand between lawlessness and order, between the monsters and the weak, between good and evil. Every morning she pinned her badge on her uniform, or belt and walked out the door not really knowing if she would walk back in.
Not only was she a dedicated law enforcement officer. She was a wife and mother. She was a coach to disadvantaged kids in the community which she served. She was a leader; and to quote her Chief “was a Top Notch person”. She made a difference in the lives of those she touched. She worked in a gang infested part of the city, and reached out to the children of that community each and every day to show them that there was a better way of life. In short, she made a difference…her life mattered. The Omaha metropolitan area will sorely miss her presence. A good cop died today.

Contrast that to the individual that took her life yesterday. We’ll refer to him as Mr. POS as he doesn’t deserve to have his name mentioned. He was a gang member, drug dealer, convicted felon. His rap sheet included multiple shootings, accessory to murder, and the list goes on and on. He made a choice to be a menace to his community. His only contribution was pain and suffering. In my opinion…he did nothing to make his life matter, he made no difference…his life didn’t matter. His most outstanding contribution to the Omaha Metro area was that he also died yesterday.
The original hashtag of “lives matter” came from a group of misguided individuals in Ferguson, MO who believed that law enforcement officers get up every day with the goal of shooting, or harassing, or arresting someone of a particular race. I can tell you that is absolutely false. Every officer I know or knew, worked with, served with all became an officer for one reason…to make a difference, because God knows it wasn’t for the money. Believe me when I say that almost all officers go out of their way to help those in the communities they serve, and when we find one that doesn’t fit this mold, we take care of that problem. They are educated, relieved of duty or arrested. There are so many examples just this year of law enforcement policing their own ranks. The hashtag #BlueLivesMatter was in response to the misguided notion that only people of certain race are being targeted, when in fact today law enforcement officers in every city are being actively targeted.
In case you haven’t noticed…there is a war going on in our own streets today…it’s a war on law enforcement and unless YOU want to walk the line between good and evil, maybe YOU should do something to stop that war. Only YOU can make a difference and WE as a community everywhere must take a stand against those who would like to see our law enforcement officers neutered and defenseless. Our officers need to know that they are supported by their community and their leadership. Far too many today are more worried about being sued when they have to make a split second life or death decision that will experience days, weeks, months or years of armchair quarterbacking by the ill-informed.
I’ve walked that thin line. I have many members of my family that walk that thin line still today. I have many friends who I call brother or sister that walk that thin line, and many more that have recently left the line. For those I say their lives matter, they made a difference, they did something that mattered, and when one of them dies…guess what, I’ll hashtag the hell out of my mourning because by whatever God you worship or don’t, by all things holy, #BlueLivesMatter.
“And maybe remind the few if ill of us they speak, that we are all that stands between the monsters and the weak.”
So far this year we have lost 45 lives that mattered, 45 people that served their communities, 45 people that made a difference, 45 brave souls that walked and stood on that thin line, 45 men and women that few will remember. Take a look at this picture; these are 4 of the last 7 officers that died in the line of duty in May protecting you and your family. Take a close look, these 7 are lives that mattered:
Instead of you getting on some high horse thinking that you are being so damned enlightened with your “All Lives Matter” bullshit, you should be getting on your knees thanking each and every one of those people who gave their live so you can sleep at night, so you can walk the street, so you can enjoy the safety that they provide. Will any of them ever ask for your thanks, no. Do they deserve it, you bet they do.

If I’ve offended you, I honestly don’t give a shit. You’re an adult, get over it or move on. And honestly, if you get offended that easily and don’t or won’t support our law enforcement officers then I really don’t have the time for you so good riddance. You are part of the problem.
So circling back to my original thought, do all lives matter? No, all lives have the potential to matter. It’s up to the individual whether they want to matter or not. Everyone can make a difference; everyone has that opportunity to matter. What have YOU done with your life that matters?
To my brothers and sisters still walking the line Omni Cedo Domus…Everyone goes home. You matter. To those that enjoy the blanket of protection they provide, show your support; turn on a blue light at night, thank an officer, attend a Citizens Police Academy, join a neighborhood watch, or just give a kind wave and a smile. You matter. To those that choose to walk on the “other side” of the line, well just keep walking, they’ll get to you eventually…you don’t matter. Ni Baolach Don Olcas Mise…only evil need fear me.
May St. Michael keep watch over those still walking the line, and may God keep those who have ended their watch. #BlueLivesMatter #SupportBlue
Author: William James Manifold

So let me get this straight, this man, this police officer, believes he has the right to determine who’s lives matter? This is the mindset of a man who has been given the authority to carry a weapon and use it at his discretion?  It’s frightening and I don’t know of any black person or person of color for that matter who hasn’t either directly or indirectly suffered at the hands of, or due to the actions of the police. Although officer Manifold was the one who wrote this post, it’s clear that he has a nation of police officers behind him. The officers who don’t stand behind his ideology, stand behind him with their silence. To Manifold’s statement, “only evil need fear me”, we all must fear you and you officer embody EVIL.

For those of you who take issue with the #Blacklivesmatter movement I say this…

Black people have been systematically oppressed, discriminated against and brutalized SIMPLY because of their race since they were brought to this country as slaves. The system was set up to deny what should be our HUMAN rights and that system is still at play today. We as people of color certainly believe ALL lives matter, yet ALL people haven’t had the daily struggles faced by blacks in this country.  ALL people aren’t being shot, hung and choked to death by police. So read on and learn. There are facts that cannot be denied.

Below I share some disturbing studies that look at the mentality that seems to be the norm in our criminal justice system, specifically our police departments.

In a national study of 5,042 police departments examining the abuse of police authority, it’s easy to see the parallels between the findings and what we are seeing across the country.  The study consisted of 91.5% males and 8.5% females. The following shows the participants level of education as well as the racial breakdown in percentages.

Education Level of Officers

  • 0.5% -Some High School 
  • 14.7% -High School Diploma/GED
  • 33.1% -Some College 
  • 18.6% -Associate’s Degree 
  • 27.6% -Bachelor’s Degree 
  • 2.0% -Some Graduate Work
  • 3.2% -Master’s Degree
  • 0.3% -Doctoral or Law Degree

Racial Breakdown:

  • White 80.8%
  • African American 10.7%
  • Hispanic 9.6%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native 0.8%
  • Asian 0.8%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.3%
  • Other 4.3%
  • Mixed Race 2.4%

* as a mixed race woman this is the FIRST time I’ve seen a survey in which we are not required to pick “other”. If any of you follow me regularly you know I just had to point that out.

In response to whether police officers in their particular city used excessive force to make an arrest, 21.7% said “sometimes, often, or always” with 62.4% saying “seldom”.
In response to whether officers in their departments responded to verbal abuse with physical force,14.7% said, “sometimes, often, or always” and 53.5% said, “seldom”.

It’s pertinent to add here that the Department of Justice found that the Albuquerque PD, and Cleveland PD, “engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment”.  The DOJ also found the Ferguson PD has, “clear racial disparities” and “discriminatory intent”.  Each of these departments are staffed by predominantly white officers. That being the case one can understand these statistics and also see the need for thorough and extensive training for these officers in the areas of cultural/racial awareness and sensitivity, implicit and explicit biases and working with those with emotional and mental issues.  

The study also found:

Police officers often treat whites better than they do African Americans and other minorities 

  • 0.7 %- Whites
  • 4.6 %- African Americans – Strongly Agree
  • 2.4 %- Other Minorities 
  • 11.2 %- Whites
  • 46.7 %- African Americans. – Agree
  • 21.0 %- Other Minorities

Police officers are more likely to use physical force against African Americans and other minorities than against whites in similar situations 

  • 0.6 %- Whites 
  • 9.4 %- African Americans – Strongly Agree 
  • 2.4 %- Other Minorities
  • 4.5 %- Whites 
  • 47.7 %-African Americans – Agree 
  • 10.0 %-Other Minorities

Police officers are more likely to use physical force against poor people than against middle-class people in similar situations 

  • 0.8 %- Whites 
  • 9.1 % -African Americans – Strongly Agree
  • 4.2 %- Other Minorities 
  • 8.0 %- Whites
  • 45.3 %- African Americans – Agree 
  • 13.0 %-Other Minorities

An officer who reports another officer’s mis- conduct is likely to be given the “cold shoulder” by fellow officers. 
56.4% Agree 

It is not unusual for a police officer to turn a blind eye to improper conduct by other officers. 
50.6% Agree 

These numbers correlate with the disturbing conduct by officers in cases like the death of Sandra Bland in Texas and the shooting death of Samuel Dubose in Cleveland in which officer Ray Tensing was just indicted for murder. There seems to be a collaboration to cover up information by the police department where Sandra Bland died. We see this again in the murder of Samuel Dubose in which two officers, Phillip Kidd and Eric Weibel, lied to corroborate Ray Tensling’s story.
The “Code of Silence” is a very real, dangerous and pervasive part of our criminal Justice system.

These are examples of this “unwritten rule”:

  • Say as little as possible.
  • Answer only the question asked.
  • Don’t give details.
  • Deny all accusations.
  • Say “I don’t remember, I didn’t see that, or I don’t know.”

How is it that our justice system is trusted to protect us with this kind of mentality? Again, we see another way in which our lives do not matter.  A persons LIFE can, and often is, taken or forever impacted by codes within the police system just like this.  Where is the Equality and Justice for All in this system?

The Pew Research Center conducted a study on whether Michael Brown’s shooting brought needed attention to issues regarding race. The findings were along the same lines as the police abuse study in that whites saw less of a problem. 80% of Blacks overwhelmingly believed the incident raised important issues around race. Alternatively, 47% of whites thought race was getting more attention than it deserved.

The study also looked at whether or not the public had confidence in the police investigation following the shooting. Again, the divide along racial lines is staggering with over half of the whites reporting high confidence in the investigation compared to over three quarters of blacks who reported having little to no confidence in the process.

Sadly these statistics are not going to come as as shock to people of color given we LIVE this reality. The reality that our lives truly don’t matter outside of our own communities for the most part. I believe there are a growing number of whites who are concerned about this racial divide and equality for people of color. I see more whites challenging themselves and asking the hard questions regarding their white privilege and implicit biases. I think the movement from the black community over the past year specifically has garnered much needed attention in mainstream and social media. This has enabled our messages related to the extreme state of racism and inequality in this country to reach whites who otherwise would have continued on unaware. I am seeing more and more whites participating in protests and dialogues on the issues. 

  
That being said, the state of this nation has also clearly spotlighted those who are in complete support of the continuation of the inequality and institutionalized, oppressive racism that “their” country has run on all these years. These are the people behind the statistics we are seeing in these studies. These are the people behind the confederate flag. These are the people in our police departments that are killing our brothers and sisters.

So what have we learned here?

  • Racism is not in the past
  • Racism is a very real and contributing factor in how an individual is treated by police
  • Police cannot be trusted to police themselves 
  • Higher standards in education and training for police officers are needed 
  • The racial divide between many whites and people of color in this country is extreme
  • Blacks and people of color cannot automatically expect to be protected by the police 
  • The public outcry for police accountability must continue consistently 

Michael Brown, it’s been one year today since you were senselessly murdered. You did not die in vain. We remember you, we fight for you. Rest in Peace brother👊🏾

#BlackLivesMatter

#EndPoliceBrutality

#KnowYourRights

#Humanity

Sources:

THE ABUSE OF POLICE AUTHORITY, 
David Weisburd Rosann Greenspan Edwin E. Hamilton Kellie A. Bryant Hubert Williams
A National Study of Police Officers’Attitudes, 2001
 

http://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/criminal-justice/police-reasonable-force-brutality-race-research-review-statistics#sthash.hxqmLIQw.dpuf

http://www.abuseofpower.info/Culture_Brotherhood.htm

RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, JULY 29, 2015, University of Cincinnati Officer Indicted in Shooting Death of Samuel Dubose http://mobile.nytimes.com/

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