What Needs to Happen After Eric Garner | By Mike Muse

Black Lives Matter

By Mike Muse
via VIBE

What seemed to be a familiar phrase, “No indictment for officer (fill in the blank),” no longer has a familiar response in the streets across America. What seemed to be the standard defense, “Officer feared for his life,” no longer rings true when there were four other officers with him. What seemed to be the standard line of “eyewitnesses were not credible,” no longer rings true when the video shows, what the medical examiner ruled a homicide. What seemed to be a uniformed response of, “following standard operating procedure of a choke hold”, no longer holds true, as it’s now an illegal police tactic. When you believe all the excuses will be refuted upon pressing play. When you think this time will be different. When you believe a different zip code will transcend justice. When you head north like your ancestors did during the great Northern Migration to seek a better life, a better rendering of justice. Then that sobering moment settles in, after hearing the three words “This Just In,” you come to the realization that Mike Brown and Eric Garner are one in the same. That injustice has no bias. As the song by Michael Jackson says, its Black or White

[Michael Jackson-Black or White]
They Print My Message
In The Saturday Sun
I Had To Tell Them
I Ain’t Second To None

And I Told About Equality
And It’s True
Either You’re Wrong
Or You’re Right

The burden of proof in determining wrong or right, guilty or innocent doesn’t fall upon the grand jury. Their responsibility during the preceding is to determine only if there is enough evidence for a trial to determine guilt or innocence. The burden of proof should not have been difficult to overcome; when the video is clear of a human being stating 11 times, that they could not breathe. Therefore, what does it take to get an indictment when the evidence is black and white? What happens now when the demands of protesters and a community were met, to see police officers wear body cameras, by way of a proposed investment package by a sitting president? This case demonstrates that video alone is not enough to overcome the burden of proof, but more so the perception of two justice systems in existence if you are black or white.

[Michael- Black or White]
Don’t Tell Me You Agree With Me
When I Saw You Kicking Dirt In My Eye

But, If
You’re Thinkin’ About My Baby
It Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White

The frustration, managed expectations of no indictment, being numb to the process, feeling defeated about the solution of having camera’s on officers, in no way gives us permission to stop; to stop the conversation, to stop the action. We must dig deeper to find more solutions. Solution (1): Killing by a police officer, black or white, should bypass a grand jury for a preliminary hearing in an open court. Solution (2): As local district attorneys have to work in partnership with police officers for cases, there should be a provision regarding police shootings, where a special attorney is appointed outside of the local district attorney for trial consideration. What’s your solution?

Solution (1): Killing by a police officer, black or white, should bypass a grand jury for a preliminary hearing in an open court.
I Said If
You’re Thinkin’ Of
Being My Brother
It Don’t Matter If You’re
Black Or White

Issue at hand: Black America has to have an open and honest conversation about our blackness and our experience of being black. Our blackness conversation must be raw and unedited. Society needs to hear our expression in vivid terms the way it’s discussed when we gather. That’s the only way society will begin to understand the root of our frustration.

At the same time, White America must move beyond improbable notion of having a child (loved one) killed at the hands of the police. There has to be movement beyond the notion of, “well they must have did something wrong to deserve it” and examine if any outside factors were at play

It’s at this intersection of Black America and White America that we will be able to advance the conversation. Advance the conversation to be solution oriented as there will be an understanding. A reconciliation of trust in the community for fair treatment under the law, and a police officer’s right to come home.

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