In the initial part of this two-part series, I discussed how no American, regardless of race or ethnicity, is exempt from being attacked and assaulted by law enforcement. This subsequently posting will focus on the failure to prosecute officers who brutalize citizens. This post will show that police brutality, and the subsequent lack of justice for victims, is simply not a black and white issue, meaning pivoting upon the issue of race. Rather it reflects a bigger systemic issue of the egregious conflict of interest that occurs in police forces and district attorney’s offices that consistently deprives victims of police shootings any semblance of justice.
This point is illustrated by the following facts:
Many people wonder how these so-called “peace officers” elude facing charges for killing civilians in cold blood. The answer is quite simple. The relationship between district attorney’s and the police department allows these officers to evade facing prosecution. The job of a prosecutor is to bring criminal charges against a defendant or strongly encourage a grand jury to do so. But as the above evidence shows, when potential defendants are police officers, the incestuous relationship between the police and prosecutors rears its ugly head. The police and prosecutors work closely as criminal cases make their way through the criminal justice system. Officers are often subpoenaed by district attorney’s to testify at trials and need officers to investigate crimes in an in-depth methodical manner in order to ensure a conviction of a defendant. So can we realistically expect officers to be charged when the person who makes that decision is their colleague? Quite simply, no we cannot.
I propose the following changes:
The collusion that exists between district attorney’s and the police denies a vast majority of victims of police brutality justice, regardless of the race of the victim. This must end. Police officers who fail to protect citizens should be held responsible for their actions regardless of their previous relationship with a prosecutor. The current protocol and system in place that shields officers from being called to the carpet for their abuse of power must be abolished. If not, how will the public trust that the police and the district attorneys are actually working to protect citizens and not acting with their own self-interest in mind.
© Manhood, Race, and Culture 2014