Law, Justice, and Tamir Rice
According to CNN, Prosecutors say the police officer who killed a sixth grader named Tamir Rice outside a Cleveland recreation center last year won’t face criminal charges. Neither will the other officer who was with him.
An Ohio grand jury decided not to indict Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, prosecutor Tim McGinty said Monday.
“Given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police,” McGinty said.
That’s even after the video clearly shows Timothy Loehmann opening fire less than 1 second after arriving on the scene. Tamir Rice was playing with a toy gun on a playground at the time. You can watch the video for yourself below.
No Justice. Just ‘Us’
Justice is the quality of being fair. Under the system of white supremacy, the only fairness that whites know is for one another. Only the unconscious masses of Black men and women look to the system of white supremacy to protect them or – even more foolishly – to treat them fairly.
Far from being fair, our treatment follows an all too familiar 7-step pattern:
- police mercilessly gun down a Black man, woman, or child,
- we protest
- the courts decline to charge law enforcement and the offender returns to duty to kill again
- if law enforcement is charged, the charges are reduced to non serious charges
- the courts declare a mistrial or the offender is declared not guilty
- if law enforcement is convicted, the sentence is a slap on the wrist
- the family is paid hush money and the protests stop
The fact that we can see this pattern coming from a mile away should tell us that our strategy must change if we are to protect ourselves, our families, and our children. We cannot (and should not) rely on others to do for us what we must do for ourselves.
Before we can think about solutions, we must first pull back the curtain to reveal what happens behind the scenes. The 7-step pattern above may be rigged from the very beginning as a money play. Here is how:
Once the courts have decided not to prosecute one of their own, the family will usually continue to fight for financial compensation from the state. Using the same tax money that the victim and his or her family paid into the system, the state usually grants the request. The family is then paid well to shut up, ask for peace in the streets, and to pay off their ‘spokespersons’ like Al Sharpton.
If there is one way to keep a Black man or woman under white supremacist control, it is to pay them. Professional athletes, celebrities, politicians, and employees will tap dance at the speed of light for a few shillings. The same is true of victims of white supremacy. By paying families off, government is able to control what the families say and do as part of the settlement, and the family is more than happy to comply.
- The family of 16 year old Jeremiah Chass was paid $1.75 Million
- The family of Tarika Wilson was paid $2.5 Million
- The families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were paid $3 Million
- The family of Jamil Moses was paid $2.5 Million
- The parents of Trayvon Martin were paid an undisclosed amount in excess of $1 Million
- The family of Eric Garner was paid $5.9 Million
- The family of Terrence Kelom was paid more than $1 Million
- The family of Walter L. Scott, the African-American man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was paid a $6.5 million settlement
How We Fight Back
Posting articles like this, debating on Youtube, and protesting draw attention to our problems but will not change our circumstances. We must actively and intelligently fight back. To do so, we must become our own law enforcement, establish political control over our communities, chase out the abulance chasers, and use settlement money to fund the fight.
Become Our Own Law Enforcement
A law is a system of rules that a community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.
What rules govern the police in your community?
Do you have access to their rules, policies, procedures, and protocol?
Who makes the rules?
How are the rules changed?
The answers to these questions will reveal to you who is really in control, and how they use the law to maintain control over you. Members of United Black America actively seek out and attend city council meetings, town hall meetings, and witness court proceedings to answer those questions. With those answers, you now have a clearer understanding of the legal battlefield.
Establish Unified Political Blocs
A political bloc is a community alliance that works together to achieve a political goal. For instance, if you are in a predominantly Black neighborhood and you realize your city council is under white control, come together to have that city council disbanded and re-convened. This solution was implemented successfully in Ferguson following the death of Mike Brown (proof).
Once you have control of the city council, you have control over the city police. The police department in Wellston, Missouri was pissed when City Councilwoman Janet Dixon disbanded their department (you can read about it here). Policing responsibilities can then be handed over to a civil patrol not unlike the Black Panther Party Patrols.
Chase Out the Ambulance Chasers
One of the primary reasons victims are encouraged to lose the court war in favor of monetary settlements are spokespersons for the families like Al Sharpton.
‘Spokespersons’ for the families of our victims are not ‘fighting for justice’ on behalf of the family. They are fighting for their cut of the settlement that will be awarded to the family after they lose in court.
Eric Garner’s daughter Erica Snipes told an undercover reporter that ‘Al Sharpton is [all about the money].
Jean Petrus, a Brooklyn businessman who attended a recent Trayvon Martin Foundation fundraiser in Florida, is also seen criticizing Sharpton in the secretly taped video.
“He knows how to make money and get money. They’re shakedown guys to me. You know, let’s call it what it is…”
Al Sharpton is one of thousands of Black ambulance chases across the country. In Louisville, Kentucky, Clarence 13X acts as a ‘family advocate’ even though he is on the government payroll and encourages brothers and sisters to surrender to the system. (Police in the city of Louisville know that a Black man or woman is more trusting of someone who looks like them, and therefore uses these Black patsies to catch other Blacks).
Fund the Fight
In the examples we listed above, the settlement amounts total 21.65 Million dollars. These are far from all of the settlements reached in the deaths of Black men, women, and children. Boston alone paid out $36 million between 2005 and 2015! If that money were used to fund the fight for political control over our communities and to pay our own police force, we may see a day when this subject is a topic of the past. Money should be used to change laws, hire independent review boards, create non-profits, and fund the administration needed to create real justice.
None of the recommendations above are violent or against the law.
If we dont actively fight to liberate ourselves from control by the system, then the death of Tamir Rice and millions of others would have been in vain.
+ Our sincerest condolences to the families of all the victims in this war. Turn your pain into progress to honor our fallen.