Sandra Bland may just be another number to the police, but the majority of us are with her family, demanding question after question.
Surprisingly, very few doubt that there is anything wrong with policing in America, even though many young people, particularly young black American’s are dying at the very hands of the police.
Sandra Bland, 28 years old was pulled over by Brian Encinia a white officer for a minor traffic violation in Texas, was arrested after being provoked by the police officer and refusing to put out her cigarette.
Watch the video below:
Now the video that was released has been to some questionable, “How many times does Sandra Bland question why she was being arrested?”… Almost 14 times – The officer gives her no answer.
She say’s “you just slammed my head into the ground” and is then found hanged in her cell just days before she was due for bail. Coincidence? I don’t think so…
Every new scandal invites media attention globally, but for how long? How long are we going to be screaming #blacklivesmatter?
How Many Lives Have The Cops Taken?
Sandra Bland’s death is now joining a long list of now-familiar names of black people that we must not forget about:
- July, 2014 Eric Garner, 43 was wrestled to the ground by a white New York police officer who attempted to arrest him for selling illegal drugs. Eric Garner can be heard repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe”.
- August, 2014 Michael Brown’s, 18 years old was accused of robbing a store he was fatally shot at by a white officer. He was unarmed.
- November, 2014 Tamir Rice, 12 years old was fatally shot after a 911 call reporting a person seen with a gun. The gun was just a toy.
- January, 2015 Natasha Mckenna 37 years old, was tased multiple times with a stun gun. Her heart stopped. She died in hospital 5 days later.
- November, 2014 Tanisha Anderson 37 years old was restrained to the ground in a prone position. She lay dying in the cold outside her home.
- March, 2015 Janisha Fonville 20 years old was fatally shot at because of being armed with a knife. She was unarmed.
- February, 2012 Trayvon Martin 17 years old was fatally shot at- it was self-defence. He was unarmed.
- February, 2014 Ernest Satterwhite 68 years old was shot after a slow speed car chase. He was unarmed
- April, 2014 Dontre Hamilton 31 years old was shot at in self-defence. He was unarmed.
- December, 2014 Rumain Brisbon 34 years old is shot and killed following a drug incident. Charges were not brought against his killer.
- March, 2015 Charly “Africa” Leundeau Keunang a black homeless man shot at. Officers said he made attempts to take one of their guns.
- March, 2015 Tony Robinson 19 years old shot at for allegedly jumping in and out of traffic. Police officer was placed on administrative leave.
These are just some of the many victims that have been killed by the cops.
Rightly so the police play a central role in the law enforcement system. They are ‘supposed’ to protect and keep the peace within a community. Instead there is a clear fear within black citizens when it comes to dealing with the “cops” Why? Because there is a clear indication that people of colour compared to other races are the majority who suffer deaths within the hands of authorities. What is worst is that the government is sitting back and not doing anything to try and resolve this issue. This is what makes this a racial political issue: America has a situation where many of its minority communities for so long have felt that the law enforcement has been coming in to enforce laws against them rather than to protect them.