This is the official statement from the White House: That police killings of Blacks or police brutalities are mainly local matters left up to local authorities. This is disheartening but shows a disturbing trajectory. Churches, religious leaders, civil rights advocates and individuals should not remain silent. These are strange days calling for proactive prayer and proactive engagement.
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" Martin Luther King Jr.
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The White House doesn’t consider police brutality a national issue, Sarah Huckabee Sanders says, despite the shooting of Stephon Clark and absence of charges...
Civil Rights advocates, religious leaders and individuals interested in justice and the non-racialized perception of every human being have the obligation to resist the normativity of police killing Black men because they are Black without due justice. It reflects the inherent contradiction of justice in US jurisprudence. Justice is perceived and implemented through a socially constructed lens. That lens is mainly the residue of slavery-Racism. Implicitly and explicitly condoned, it has become common for some of those responsible for public security and the safety of all to kill simply for being Black and holding a cell phone, etc, etc, etc. Clark's death is a tragedy and a travesty that the justice system should not condone ... See more
Asset forfeiture was an "attractive" part of the war on drugs" because police could discriminately target especially minority communities in the name of the war on drugs to seize assets classified as associated with drugs dealings. It was overturned under President Obama. Now under Trump and with various interest groups interested in the revitalization of the war on drugs due to its lucrative gains, Jeff Sessions is reinstating it simply to satisfy the interest of particular groups against the advice of criminal justice experts etc. These are strange days...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-greenlights-police-to-increase-seizures-of-cash-and-property-from-suspected-criminals/2017/07/19/3522a9ba-6c99-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html?utm_term=.13ec7a7276b3 ... See more
The new policy reverses the Obama-era prohibition of seizures without warrants or criminal charges.