This has to be one of the most disgusting videos I’ve seen. South Carolina state trooper Sean Groubert shot Levar Jones for following orders, after being pulled over for a seatbelt violation.
The state is known for its racist past but also present, with organizations leading a boycott for its tight hold on the Confederacy, waving the flag over their Capitol building.
Why was this trooper who did not fatally shoot an unarmed man arrested instead of officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson who fatally shot unarmed Michael Brown, a case that had numerous eye witnesses? There are many variables that we could discuss. Here are the top two.
- There was a video, from point A to point Z, showing trooper Groubert’s deplorable actions from start to finish.
- There was no physical contact between him or Jones. (Ferguson PD reported that there was a “scuffle” between the officer and Michael Brown.)
These are good arguments, great notes, but time and time again we have seen the irregularities in arrests for police officers who shoot unarmed black men in this country.
The Eric Garner video began at point A, just like this video, but there are still naysayers, arguing that Garner should have complied with the officers or “did what police told him to do” to avoid being killed for selling loose cigarettes. There was a video from point A to Z of John Crawford being killed while holding a toy gun in Walmart, but a grand jury still failed to indict the officer that fatally shot this young man.
These egregious actions come after we witness Second Amendment protesters, mostly white men, parading stores and streets brandishing assault weapons, refusing to comply with police.
Refusing to put away their gun.
None shot. None killed.
Then, the San Diego PD disarmed a man, shot him in the leg after repeatedly waving a gun directly at them and park goers. He was white. There was a video from point A to point Z.
The St. Louis PD shot Kajime Powell who was obviously mentally disturbed, armed with a knife. He was shot at 9 times by police after allegedly stealing two sodas from a store. He sat the sodas on the ground. They handcuffed his dead body. He was black. There was a video from point A to point Z.
Too often, petty crimes meet fatal results when your skin is brown or black in America…video or not.
There must be a streamlined approach, policy to address indicting officers that go beyond the reasonable means of force. It’s time to go beyond the hashtag activism and finger pointing, and support legislation, such as the End Racial Profiling Act to address these pressing issues. Some people are now saying that Michael Brown’s killer may not be indicted because of Missouri’s tough self defense law.
What does national legislation do?
Defines the racially discriminatory practice of racial profiling by law enforcement at all levels; second, it creates a federal prohibition against racial profiling; thirdly, it mandates data collection so we can fully assess the true extent of the problem; fourth, it provides funding for the retraining of law enforcement officials on how to discontinue and prevent the use of racial profiling; and fifth, it holds law enforcement agencies that continue to use racial profiling accountable.
NAACP Washington Bureau action alert
This is the first step. The next step would be overturning Stand Your Ground laws state-by-state. Contact your representatives and being local organizing to push this today. This must begin on the grassroots level, meeting with local, state and national leadership and demanding change.
We don’t need another Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Kimani Gray, Ervin Jefferson, Rekia Boyd, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Timothy Stansberry, Wendell Allen, Ramarley Graham, Oscar Grant, Kendrec McDade, Renisha McBride…….