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Thanks to the existence of video cameras; this black man, 58 year-old Floyd Dent, was saved, and he received financial compensation. Why? He was attacked by racist cops in the Inkster, Michigan Police Dept. There is solid evidence.
How many thousands of black men have been brutalized and killed by police without anyone being held accountable?
This is why the “Black Lives Matter” movement (http://blacklivesmatter.com/) must become a coordinated and vigorous national movement. Please read the article and watch the videos linked below. The incident is about 58 year-old Floyd Dent; a black man in Inkster, Michigan. We are learning almost daily that neither the lives of poor and minority children or black adults matter much to the political leaders in Michigan.
"Michigan Judge Pulls No Punches in 30-Minute Sentencing Tirade Against Police Officer." Watch what Judge Vonda Evans has to say to Melendez.
They pulled over Mr. Dent for an alleged traffic violation, but most likely because he was black and older. He happened to have been driving with a suspended license. Of course, they had no way of knowing that before the pull over. Based on the text messages exchanged between the officers later, they consider beating up black people a sport. “The officers dragged him from his vehicle and onto the ground, where Melendez placed him in a chokehold and punched him 16 times in the head.” This happened Jan. 28, 2015!
“The beating — which left Dent's face and shirt drenched in blood — was captured on a patrol car dashboard camera and went public soon after, prompting a criminal investigation." What would have happened had there not been a dashboard video? "After his arrest, as he sat in a cell nearby, Dent reportedly had to listen and watch as officers made fun of him and cleaned his blood off their uniforms with disinfectant.”
This might be one reason why many black men run from the police whether they have committed a crime or not? They are likely to get beaten or even killed; the police often get away with it. Imagine that in 2015 these officers have no concern about beating up black people, or even being caught doing it! They are not accustomed to being held accountable. Why not? Because in so many areas of America Black Lives have no value, and police are seldom, if ever, held accountable for murdering blacks.
In this article, please watch the video of the Judge’s speech and that of the beating delivered to 58 year-old auto worker, Floyd Dent. Mr. Dent also said the ‘officers’ planted drugs on him. Most likely, that is exactly what they did to justify their criminal behavior. We see the video of the Judge during the sentencing! Why wouldn’t she be extremely disturbed? She is human and she is black. It could have been her dragged out of her car and pummeled on the ground. We hope that any judge, any human being of any color would be equally outraged by such behavior.
“Melendez has been named a defendant in more than 12 federal lawsuits, "accusing him of planting evidence, wrongfully killing civilians, falsifying police reports and conducting illegal arrests," the report said. “ In fact, he was known as “RoboCop” in his department. Yet, he was still on the police force! “Mr. Dent settled with the City of Inkster for $1.4M.” How many others were not so fortunate? Why would police depts keep paying these fines rather than getting rid of dirty cops?
“In one damning moment from the trial, Melendez and his partner were also revealed to have exchanged racist text messages a few months after attacking Dent. "At least give me the satisfaction of knowing you're out there beating up niggers right now," Melendez texted Zieleniewski in March, the Guardian reports.”
Judge Vonda Evans thinks it's important to educate and train police officers.
"If we don't invest in our police officers, we're going to see more incidents like the one that I'm presiding over today." — Judge Vonda Evans
Is it as simple as a lack of proper training? Or is it about identifying racists before hiring them as cops? One gets the impression that joining the police force is one of the legal ways in which racists get to safely act out their racism without consequences. Therefore, police depts across the country need to do a far more effective job identifying racist people and not hire them to be law enforcement officers. There also needs to be more in-depth and very specific training to help people to unearth their latent racist tendencies and learn how to eliminate them.
Being a police officer is a tough job. It could be less difficult if more people had confidence and respect for police officers. Making allowances for the bad apples in our society, they must also be identified and held accountable, more needs to be done in every precinct in America to eliminate the Melendez' and Zieleniewskis'.
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