“We’ve got to deal with the denial of the promise of this nation to so many people for so long,” Biden said at June 9 George Floyd’s funeral in Houston where he was born.
It’s not just to black people. All races in all colors, white, yellow, red, brown, etc., Criminal justice system, or the police law enforcement has been abused, the rights all Americans of all races have entrusted to them but were victimized by them.
I would like to call for your action to share your experience with American law enforcement, criminal justice systems, and police, good or bad, with us. Just to see from our real experiences, what we have encountered, and felt throughout the whole process in our contacts with American law enforcement.
In front of police, are all Americans created equal? The police, who are equipped like military, are taking us as their “enemy”. Military soldiers are sent to the battle front to confront the enemies, but police should not be same since they are supposed to be on our side and take care of us. “We are not your enemy. You shouldn’t use the riot gear on us. Look at what is in our hands, NOTHING. Look at what are in your hands, all kinds of heavily equipped military weapons. Are we your enemies?”
Can you just spare a minute, to listen to us? Listen to what we are saying, “I can’t breath.” “I am about to die.”
Share your experience with us. Here. And let’s turn our grief into purpose, that is, CHANGE, a long overdue in America, a country built for democracy and equality!
A friend of mine was telling me her experience in 2018 when she was driving down a neighborhood hill but gun-pointed by a cop for no reason and ordered to put up her hands while turning off her car engine, throwing her car key out of the car windows which were all up, and getting out of the car. She was paralyzed by this series of contradictory orders and didn’t know how to do all what were ordered with her hands up. Finally when she signed to the police that she had to use one hand to shut off the car, take the car key out, open the car door and throw the car key out, she was ordered to come closer to the police who had his gun pointed at her throughout the whole time. She was so scared that she broke into tears. The first thing the police was asking was “Do you have weapons on you?” which obviously is NO. When she was searched all over by the police and ordered to stand on the roadside, she heard the police were shouting to a house in pitch dark, ordering the people in the house to get out. She finally realized that it might be a drug-dealing site, which she happened to be driving by. After standing there for thirty minutes witnessing all rifle-equipped cops getting ready to break into the house, she was finally let go.
She was so traumatized by this experience that for the whole month after that, she would break into tears any time when thinking of it and she was crying when she was telling me this experience even two years later.
A friend of my friend, a 26-year-old white guy, was arrested last week because he stepped out of his car and walked toward a friend’s house because it was after the curfew time. He then was taken to town jail and spent two nights in a room with dozens of other people. He was not able to sleep for two nights because the room had only a thin long bench, nothing for anyone to lie down. It was after the prosecution that he was set free without bail and any legal charge. During those two days he had no way to make phone calls and was not able to inform his workplace for his sudden disappearance from his post. No explanation, No apology. No any sympathy or empathy. Not to mention any consideration to its trauma on him in his future life.
He was so furious that he expressed “Now I get it.”