As if the uproar surrounding the murder of Michael Brown Jr., by “law enforcement officers” was not enough, the myriad justifications emanating from sympathetic whites, although I am still attempting to uncover what it is that they are sympathizing about, and the law enforcement community for the incident have been astounding.
At a moment when we think that we have reached the nadir of this matter astonishingly another incident/occurrence/utterance appears to remind us of the age old adage that “it could always be worse.”
At a moment where we think that this matter could not get any worse appears a revelatory look inside the mind of a lunatic named Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University and a 17 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department.
In what I am certain was a best-effort attempt to address much of the exponentially worsening confusion following the murder of Mr. Michael Brown Jr., Mr. Dutta has inadvertently stepped into what has denigrated into a racial powder keg; a situation that he, along with the vast majority of Americans, regardless of Race/ethnicity, will soon discover is an area ‘where fools rush in and wise men fear to tread’.
Mr. Dutta’s comments prove that he is a fool; quite possibly of unprecedented proportions. This former officer, attempting to explain away the blatant murder of Michael Brown Jr. pinned the following words in a recent Washington Post — letter titled, I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me; it’s not the police, but the people they stop, who can prevent a detention from turning into a tragedy.
Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.
Although it may seem a bit strange, I must admit that I applaud Mr. Dutta for sharing his voice. It is yet another example of the pernicious, darn near demonic, mindset that so many officers patrol America’s streets with. The African-American community has complained about officer misconduct for centuries. Unfortunately, such complaints have largely fallen on deaf ears. Those outside of the African-American community refused to believe that police harassment/brutality/murder was, and is, rampant.
So we stack up Mr. Dutta’s statements along with the Rodney King beating tape, the Eric Garner murder, and a host of other recorded crimes that could be revisited by any interested person. It seems that those outside of the African-American community refuse to believe their lying eyes that officer misconduct is a serious and pernicious issue.
If the white community is not careful, they may very well find themselves in a similar position as my community in regards to officer misconduct. And should such an event occur, I must use the axiom that Malcolm X used in response to the murder of President John F. Kennedy; “I’m a good old country boy and it ain’t never made me sad, it has always made me glad, when the chickens come home to roost.”
White America had better be mindful of the seeds that they are sowing when they look the other way at rampant abuses by a rapidly militarizing police force; because ‘the chickens always come home to roost.’ And when they do, don’t come crying to us; because although we will hate to say it, we will be forced to simply state, “we told you so!”
Dr. James Thomas Jones III