October 22nd is the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, and has been for the last 17 years. Just a few weeks ago, the NYPD killed 22 year old, unarmed National Guardsman, Noel Polanco, in what witnesses described as road rage on the part of the police.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently obtained dash-cam footage showed 22 year old, Derek Williams, dying while handcuffed in the back of a police squad car, after apparently being severely beaten by police officers. The video shows Derek repeatedly telling officers he could not breath, but he was ignored. Chavis Cater also died handcuffed in the back of a police car, but the Jonesboro Police Department wants us to believe he somehow committed suicide.
According to the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement:
A human rights crisis confronts Black people in the United States. Since January 1, 2012, police and a much smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes have murdered at least 120 Black women and men. These killings are definitely not accidental or random acts of violence or the work of rogue cops.
Their report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 120 Black People, inspired the above song, “Do We Need to Start A Riot?”
We know that the likelihood of President Obama or Mitt Romney addressing police brutality tonight is slim to none, but should we just accept that? What are some real steps we can take to make sure this issue is addressed before another innocent life is taken? A brief review of these Stolen Lives shows America has a very serious problem.