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

Oklahoma Senators Coburn & Inhofe are Shady When it Comes Aiding Storm Victims

TornadoWith the devastation that took place in Moore, Oklahoma this afternoon leaving 91 dead including dozens of children and massive EF4 and EF5 storms for all of us to be in deep reflection about, we offer heartfelt prayers and condolances..No one deserves to have a lost one lost especially their kids..The look on people’s faces and seeing the storm itself on TV will no doubt leave ineligible marks on our minds..Whats more disturbing is more severe storms are expected..

Tom Coburn

Tom Coburn

With this in mind, it’ll be interesting to see what punk politicians like Oklahoma Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe do.. For those who don’t know, these are two gentlemen who decided to stand on staunch political ideology and perverse set of principles in the wake of the Hurricane Sandy tragedy where more than 100 people died..These two clowns pumped out their chest and voted to deny aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy citing too much government spending while falling back on the nonsensical belief that global warming had nothing to do with spawning these storms..Coburn also voted against giving aid for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Jim Inhofe

Jim Inhofe

On top of that it was just last week Inhofe had a woman tossed out of his DC office who came to talk to him about the environmental concerns. We must fight to keep our humanity and understand that the survivors of this storm deserve help..Thank God for the first responders and thousands of volunteers who have jumped in at a moments notice to help those in dire straits. Victims of these storms deserve better treatment than what these two bozos senators unleashed on others in times of need..

.We should not forget the evil and mean spiritedness these two Senators embraced and watch to see if they behave in the wake of this new disaster which unfortunately impacted their own backyard. We know in the past the pair have voted to have emergency funds come to their state while crapping on and blocking emergency aid for others states. But with the recent denials of aid for Hurricane Sandy victims, lets see how they behave now that president Obama has declared Moore, OK a disaster area.