Accountability; NOT Better Training: That Is The Only Answer To Police Brutality and Abuse of Power

Police brutality is an ongoing epidemic in our nation. I have written before regarding Black Lives Matter, including disturbing statistics from the government’s own reports regarding this issue. It is not getting better under the pending Trumpdom our nation faces. Trump has brought with him validation for every act committed against anyone seen as inferior, including the treatment of minorities, women and the disabled. And all the while, instance after instance, law enforcement agencies circle the wagons around offending officers, protecting them in a shell of brotherhood which violates their sworn duty to the citizens they are obliged to protect. People talk of trust, but trust is earned and validated by actions. Trust is not blind, especially in the face of so much evidence. I will be the first to admit that there are more well intentioned officers than not, but there are far too many who abuse their power, even if only in small ways, and even the “good cops” turn away and ignore it. It is the social norm. They are expected to overlook those abuses or they are seen as traitors to the brotherhood if they do not. In fact, they would be more likely to lose their position than the actual perpetrator. This is why people do not trust them. This is why so many citizens are showing little faith in Law Enforcement and the Judicial branch, because we know they will betray us to save themselves, against their oath, against their sworn duty. While they may be willing to put their life on the line against an obvious villain, they will not protect citizens from fellow officers.

The ferocity with which so many racists and backwards people have come forward to demean others in our society since the election of Trump is frightening. It will do nothing to help ensure that the most vulnerable of our population is protected. Hate and abuse of others has been inspired, rather than shunned. Below are ongoing examples of the brutality we face and the difficult road ahead. We have learned a grave truth about our nation, one that much of our minority population could have told us for years, had we been willing to listen; had we not buried our heads determined that racism, misogyny, bigotry and discrimination were merely just shadow remnants of an unsightly past. No. We have learned the heartbreaking truth, that, as a nation, our very organs are diseased and rotting away with it. The guise is lifted and now we see the cliff’s edge that was there all along.

There will be no coming together for the good of our country, because what they want us to come to is neither good nor does it represent the majority. The incoming power stands against everything that makes our country great: equality for all people, religious freedom, the right of everyone to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  And my fear is that the brutality we have witnessed will not only continue, but increase, as people of dissenting views are silenced.

Our fight, our rights, they are not futile or lost. If we must fight to maintain them, then we shall. I will not bow down to Trumpdom and serve it. I will continue my fight against injustice, because justice is worth fighting for. Now the ugly monsters living among us have shown themselves and their nature. Now we know who and what we are fighting. Before, we fought a faceless enemy looking for change. But now, the monsters have been revealed. We must start taking back our communities.

We need good citizens running for offices which control law enforcement, ones who will hold officers accountable for their actions. Officers may need better training, but when it comes to brutality, to misuse and abuse of power, training is not the problem. Lack of accountability is the problem. They do it because they can and they are of poor enough quality in character to be seduced into using their power inappropriately. If there were zero tolerance with immediate repercussions, then the charade would stop. But that can only happen from the top down.  We need citizens willing to step in, run for those offices and implement those changes, or they will not happen. The brotherhood must be disbanded and loyalty to the people reestablished.

Unless we do this, we will fall ever and ever further into a police state.  BLM has never been more important than it is right now and will be in the years to come.  They fight for justice for all people and to end police brutality, which is most often directed at the black population. But if we can defeat this where it is at its worst, then we have made a better life for everyone. It affects us all. When anyone is discriminated against, then no one is equal




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Ann Lavendar is an author of Children's books, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Southern California with her family and fur babies and enjoys the mountain views from her writing habitat. She is a Texas Tech Alumni. Guns up! Ann has worked in the industry more than two decades with publications in magazines, newspapers, and textbooks world wide and multiple books available in print and eBook formats. She organized youth writing programs and conferences in West Texas and was the third director of the Write Right Critique Group, located in Lubbock, Texas, an organization recognized by and featured in Writers' Digest. She has also worked as an editor, including presently with LeeLoo Publishing. She has been the Literacy Day featured author for Sam's Club and Walmart and has been an invited speaker and taught workshops at multiple writers' conventions. Ann taught creative writing for adults as part of the community outreach program. Check out her work day blog Daily Write! right here on goodreads! Ann Lavendar also is an avid supporter of equal and civil rights, pushing awareness, calls to action, and encouraging legislative development in the United States and abroad. Her blog, Lavendar Thoughts, tackles issues which have direct impact on the progress of civil and human rights. She believes every person has the right to grow to their full and best potential.