Police killings and brutality: An Urban Pastor\’s Concern


Guest Contributor, Marcus Louis

This blog entry stems from the most resent police killings and brutality that has plagued, not only our communities, but our nation. This has become an epidemic, especially in the black community. One would have to be naïve to the fact if they think that racism doesn’t still exist in our our country today. In the year 2014, you would think by now that this country would have overcome this issue, but obviously not. Maybe police killings and brutality is happening in other communities other than the black community, and if that is the case, it’s certainly not being publicized. The black community was in an uproar after the police killing of Eric Garner, a 41 year old black male form New York, and Michael Brown, an 18 year old black male from Ferguson, MO. As if the killing was not enough, by adding insult to injury, both murdering police officers were not indicted for the horrendous crimes that they committed.

Any other common citizen in this country would have been indicted, sentenced, and would be serving time now. Perhaps the police think that they are above the law and if nothing is done soon, this type of action will continue and citizens will began taking matters into their own hands. After all, isn’t the law enforcement agencies designed to protect and serve? Many black communities have lost total respect and confidence in their local law enforcement, and understandable so. Police officers can no longer continue this type of behavior in the black community and not be held accountable for their actions. It is disgusting and, in my view, downright disrespectful to the black community and it must stop now!

I have a 19 year old son. I constantly think about him getting pulled over by a police officer, not knowing what the outcome might be. These deaths are senseless and something has to be done in order to hold policeman responsible for their actions. They are to uphold the law, they are not above the law.

Dr. Antipas L. Harris
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