Coverage of Kimani Grey protest: Day 5
With International Day Against Police Brutality having just passed, the rally in Toronto was rather minimal, and so instead of showing the couple dozen of folks who came out to publicly bring attention to the disregard of the worst police officers here, we decided to focus on a fresh example. Brooklyn is just such an example.
Kimani Grey was 16 years old when he and a group of friends were approached by men with guns who were not identified as police. As Cenk from TYT states in the video, if unidentified people came and drew their guns on on the kid, it is a fathomable reaction that he would respond similarly. It also seems intuitive if the information that the undercover officers would have had to gather to warrant their reaction, then they very well could have called in uniformed officers to search and if need be arrest the kid, who likely would not have tried to pull a gun on two uniformed officers. To not take this crucial step in establishing their legal authority has, in this case, cost a community one of their children.
This is just one example of an issue of apathy within the policing system. One protester states plainly that ‘They [the police] don’t feel its wrong to snuff out a black life’. To add to this feeling of being hunted, it seems that the police commit murder with impunity, and ultimately a body count results in a paid vacation and perhaps a new motorboat. All the officers involved in the Rodney King incident are currently well paid high ranking members of the LAPD or its affiliates. It’s a question of who are they serving, and protecting? What is their incentive to not snuff out young men and women. I guess it depends who you ask. There are protocols that, as a police officer, if you don’t follow (one major protocol is you must be clearly identified as an officer of the law, and another that you must always act in ways that do not violate peoples’ basic rights) then you cannot expect compliance, and you are essentially a thug and a tool of the social mechanisms that are keeping marginalized people gentrified, stigmatized, and hopeless.