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I present to you two pictures. The first picture is of a police officer using his knee to suffocate George Floyd, a non-violent suspect in a white-collar crime. This police officer needlessly killed Mr. Floyd and will no doubt be charged in his death, likely going to prison for manslaughter along with the other officers that did nothing to stop him.
Because of his position as a police officer, an unquestioned authority figure within our cultural landscape, this officer believes that the law does not pertain to his behaviors. He can shoot your dog, plant evidence, or even kill you during a no-knock raid with no consequences because the public generally respects the police, and they don’t want to be considered “anti-cop.” He feels no shame in hiding his actions behind a badge. The officer regards our silence toward unpunished police brutality as tacit permission to continue and even escalate his casual use of violence. The fact that he eventually killed someone is not a random accident; it is the long-term consequence of a man that was never held accountable for his actions.More