The Killing of Unarmed Louis Rodriguez by Oklahoma Police is Beyond Troubling

Oklahoma PoliceBy now folks know of this story out of Moore, Oklahoma where a father Louis Rodriguez was killed in front of his wife and daughter.  I hesitated in posting it because at this point in time its one of far too many… It’s at a point where its apparent the police who commit these acts of terrorism get off and relish the notoriety…At the same time repeatedly showing such brutal acts is not empowering.. It fosters a climate of fear, which is what the police want…

With that being said, its important that those who choose to read and watch the video be thinking about solutions to this epidemic… One must be cautious not to allow our brains to slip into the realm where such videos become a macabre form of entertainment. Nor can it be something we talk about in such a way to indicate how rough things are and one is using such incidents as a way to brag about how you are navigating its effects…

Whats the solutions? whats the practical solutions? We already know to film.. People are doing that.. This incident below was caught on tape? Take the cops to trial??

First we have to be assured the prosecutors who work the police everyday and depend upon them, hence forming strong bonds centered around enforcing the law, will break that bond and dedicate the full force of their office and bring every resource to press charges and prosecute them in court..

Up to now we’ve seen prosecutors throw away cases for non cops shooting Black people.. ie the high profile Florida cases involving  George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn..where state attorney Angela Corey and her office did a terrible job.

Santa Rosa DA Jill Ravitch

Santa Rosa DA Jill Ravitch

We see prosecutors who look like us,  refuse to appoint special prosecutors even when there are clear conflicts of interests…That would be the refusal of Kamala Harris,  a Black woman who won’t remove the prosecutor in Santa Rosa, Jill Ravitch over the police killing 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

Ravitch had 90 days to press charges on the sheriff deputy Erick Gelhaus who shot unarmed Andy last November..She has steadfastly stalled  with many organizers pointing out her extreme bias.  Ravitch is running for re-election and has taken quite a bit of money from the sheriff department that is pushing for her to be re-elected. Ravitch in turn has been supportive of the sheriff’s re-election bid.  Harris has not removed the DA to ensure a clean slate and unbiased justice pool..

That leads us to the question of what other solutions can be put forth if the justice system is not working? Its been suggested that communities hold their own public tribunals, where they issue subpoenas for those being charged to show up. Such activities may good for helping heal the community even if penalties can’t be ‘legally’ forced. However it does put the issue on record. Important information can be shared and ideally it’ll inform folks in the community as to what steps to take legislatively and electorally.

Others have suggested that communities return to armed patrols and basically police the police..That requires a committed body of folks and serious discipline. It might be helpful for folks to consult with groups if any already doing similar actions.

Others have suggested that folks push to have laws on the books that allow one to stand their ground against police which is what they basically have in Indiana. It might be a good idea for folks to look at that law, see whats practical and start the process of pushing this..

Oklahoma Cops 2Personally I have long advocated that there should be s special office and prosecutor that is not connected to local law enforcement that only deals with the wrong doings of  police and elected officials. How that office is established needs to be worked out. Is it an elected position which leaves it vulnerable to big money interests? Is it appointed by an elected official which means whoever is appointed will be the result of political leanings?  In any case we should be thinking long and hard about how to eradicate these types of brutal incidents.

For those unfamiliar, here’s the 4-11… A family went to a movie, father, mother daughter.. The mother and daughter got into an argument, the mother slapped the daughter the father went to calm down his wife. The police were called for a domestic violence disturbance and assumed Louis Rodriguez  was the one who did it.. He was pepper sprayed  as 5 police piled upon him and was killed. While they were killing him, the wife was calling for them to stop and even asked if he was still alive.. Police are on paid leave..

As noted earlier with the current climate, even with video and scores of witnesses, they are unlikely to vigorously prosecuted much less convicted.. There are simply too many people in America who wind up sitting on juries who can’t fathom the police doing anything wrong..This can’t be allowed to be swept under the rug. There has to be push back on all levels even as we know the justice system is biased. How do we help this family heal? How do we heal the community from such trauma?

Below is the raw video as well as a link to the story as reported to CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/26/justice/oklahoma-arrest-death-video/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTKrYEX-9Fs

Comments

  1. Davey

    I know you say not to feel like things are getting too rough. I hear you when you say not to be afraid because that’s what the cops want. I know you say try to find practical solutions instead of feeling steeped in helplessness and hopelessness. But, I stand convicted. I can’t breathe in this f#cking cruel world. I am afraid of, not only the cops, but white folks period. Good ones, liberals and democrats give us nothing but hell. I blame myself for having children in a world where these problems – that haven’t gotten better since Jim Crow – are going to be their inheritance. It’s my fault for intentionally bringing them into a world where I obviously cannot protect them. I’m sick of Amerkkka and ashamed to look my children in the eye and tell them that I brought them into the hull of a slave ship.

    Davey, I fear that the solutions you’ve discussed won’t work. We have tried them before and we still have them same problems. In fact, we (as a nation) have reverted back to a barbaric state – blaming the victim for their own pain. Rape victims ask to be raped. We owe the government for working hard daily and living in poverty. Poor people don’t desrve a say in their own destiny. Police victims are abused because they deserve it. Black folks are killed because they’re evil, wrong or bad. Hip Hop won’t fix it, Black Panthers won’t stop it, NOI can’t change it, and the people LOVE it. Can you blame me for feeling this way?

  2. What about the killing of 100 black men by other black men just in oakland last year. Do they count less Davey ? Or are u just an educated race baiter !!!!

    • mrDaveyd says:

      @john what about them? Are they the police? Are they tax paid officials? We dont pay thugs who do bad things.. we pay the police and hence they are expected not to act like thugs..

      • so being a thug and killing is ok and expected.

        • Jeremiah Ross says:

          John… yes; all violence against civilians – whether by black market thugs or institutionally militarized police… is sad, there is a social contract that dictates that the police must live to a higher standard lest we devolve into anarchy. I live in a world where I am equally disgusted by the wannabe thugs who broke into my house last week while I was at work; and the police who want to know why “I am a white boy in a non-white neighborhood”. The violence against latino immigrants and blacks is already serving as a canary in the coal mine for police violence in places such as Orange County. Be Prepared

      • Davey D is right. If black people want to decide its best to kill ourselves then its up to us to not let that happen. But for the police, the apparent protectors of the state to kill unarmed citizens…now thats just barbaric. Its nothing new.

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