Texas Trooper Gets Indictment After Death Of Sandra Bland

sandra bland and texas trooperAccording to reports, Texas Trooper Brian Encinia is being indicted on perjury charges which may actually land him a one-year prison sentence. The grand jury resumed the investigator into the arrest of Bland. She was found in a Waller County jail cell with a plastic bag tied around her neck, just a few days after her arrest.

Officer Encinia was caught on video pulling Sandra Bland roughly out of her car during a traffic stop. Ironically, enough, she was from Illinois and was moving to Texas to start a new job in the summer, when she got arrested.

Tamir, Sandra, Freddie, How Many More Do We Have To Lose?

Black-Men-Killed-By-PoliceYear after year an unforeseen tragedy happens in the black community that results in an uproar. The slain killing of an African American. Within these past couple years we have lost almost a dozen citizens due to police brutality. There are so many murders but yet these officers go without any punishment. It’s almost as if the justice system is sending out a message that it is okay to murder black men and women and get away with it. The killing of the nine individuals at the South Carolina church was hushed under the rug while the murderer can go on with his life as long as he pleads “insanity.” That in of itself is insane. Members of the “Black Lives Matter,” movement being murdered just for protesting their  rights to be seen as an equal human being in the world.

Tamir Rice, a young teen shot dead after seen playing with a toy gun, Sandra Bland murdered for what, we still don’t know. Freddie Gray, shot down just like Mike Brown, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and countless others. I don’t know what has to happen in this world before racism and violence ends. Gone, are the days when our children could play outside without fear of being killed. Everyday innocent men and women lives are being stolen away from them. Unsolved mysteries the media fails to uncover the truth about. No one will ever know what happen to young teen Kendrick Johnson who’s body was found rolled up in gym mats then later stuffed with newspapers. Somebody knows, no one is seeking to tell the truth.  NO one cares about the black community. It is far time that the black community come together to hold each other accountable. We must do something. We need to support each other. I pray that one day we can live in a world where gun violence and racism isn’t so rampant in our society. Where we don’t judge other cultures based over old stereotypes but we realize we are all one.  That we are all running one race; The Human Race.

Justice For All?!? Serve & Protect…NOT Humanity

Joshua Elkridge   By Joshua Elkridge

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*The facts in the following article are true however, names have been changed to protect the victims.*

Friday, November 21st, 2014, 9:48 pm, South Sacramento, California. My friend, Donny is leaving my house wearing his dirty work clothes and riding on his bicycle that is practically held together with duct tape. I’m insisting on giving him a ride home in my car but he thankfully refuses, gathers his things into his large backpack, and I see him off through my garage. It’s a cold, dark night so Donny is listening to his iPod with his headphones at full blast to pass the time. He swiftly pedals pass a few quiet blocks and turns at the one that leads him home.

On the lawn of a house that sits halfway down the block in the direction that Donny is heading in, 15 men are standing on the lawn drinking and smoking. The group spots Donny as he is making his way pass their house and they attempt to stop him. Donny, who can’t hear anything because of his headphones, looks back to see some of the men chasing after him and he panics. He’s too fast for the pursuing men, so some of the men still on the lawn hop into a large Yukon SUV that sits in the driveway of their house and they take off after Donny.

Donny is three houses down on the sidewalk when the large SUV skirts pass him and attempts to block him off. Donny attempts to go around the SUV by passing the front end of it. As he’s passing, the SUV bolts forward onto the sidewalk, hitting Donny at his right side. The momentum of the impact sends Donny flying with his back towards a small, stoned wall that acts as a fence in front of a house. Donny’s back hits the wall and a glass bottle within his backpack breaks into his back. Donny is knocked out cold.

Donny awakens lying down with his back against the sidewalk. He rises to his feet in a heavy, dazed confusion. He attempts to race home on his bike, however his handle bars are bent and when he lifts his leg to pedal his knee gently brushes against his elbow, causing sharp pain that rushed through his arm. Donny knocks on the door of a house next to where the men had just tried to kill him. The family in the house dials 911 and a young boy that lives there wraps Donny in a blanket.

Highway patrol officers arrive at the scene 20 minutes later. Donny remembers going from confusion, pain, and terror to feeling safe and at ease upon seeing the police men. “I remember thinking oh! The good guys are here and I felt at ease enough to let my guard down.” Donny thinks back. Donny’s head was fuzzy, his left arm was stuck in an L position, his right hand was broken, and his back was definitely bruised. The officers did not consider this while asking him questions. The officers asked Donny if they could see his ID. Donny asked if they could take it out of his back pocket for him because he couldn’t move his arms. The officer left his ID outside of the wallet once he put it back. Once they began asking about what took place, the officers rushed Donny through his answers and they repeatedly asked if he had been hit by a car as if they didn’t believe him. The officers examined Donny’s wounds and his bike and they told Donny that maybe he just fell but he just had no recollection of it. Donny insisted he had been hit.

The officers asked Donny if he knew where the men came from. Donny pointed and told them it was exactly 4 houses down. The officers never went to the house to follow up on the investigation. In fact, the officers wrote in the police report that Donny did not know where the suspects came from. “When you’re the victim,” Donny Says. “I feel like you still have to be careful about what you say to the police. Otherwise, they won’t help you. Instead of actually trying to serve me justice, I felt like the officers were just pushing me down the assembly line. It was like they didn’t care.” The officers called an ambulance and while on the stretcher, Donny asked the officers to grab his backpack that was on the porch of the family that had dialed 911 for him. Three different officers went to get Donny’s backpack but they all turned up empty handed and Donny was rushed to the nearest hospital. The next day, Donny was released from the hospital and he retrieved his backpack that had been in the same spot he had left it in, untouched. Donny tried to get a police investigation into the matter, but the case was eventually dropped due to a lack of evidence.

It’s hard to wrap ones head around a story like this. If the officers had checked the house that night, evidence would have been all over the SUV and justice could have been served. Donny suspects that the officers didn’t help because he appeared to be a homeless person that night. One thing is certain, the police are supposed to serve the people and homeless or not, we are all the people.

Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin

Killing Our Black Community

Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Oscar Grant, Rodney King, Malice Green, Renisha McBride and several others all have one thing in common. They have all died to either police brutality or because of some malicious acts caused by some insensitive human beings. It seems our black community is dying at such an alarming rates. These names have began to slowly fade away because mainstream media  doesn’t want us to remember these individuals. It is truly sad that we have reverted back to the 1940s where segregation was running rapid in the cities. If you honestly, think about it we are reliving past times. Marching, rioting, protesting and demanding justice for fallen angels who were unarmed targets to police who treated them like animals.  But when we are losing four or more African Americans within a month or two of it self it’s incredibly ridiculous.

Mike Brown unarmed teen, shot down by police
Mike Brown

Michael Brown, was an unarmed teen, who was shot down by the hands of the police due to  an alleged robbery. He was supposed to start college in a couple of weeks.

 

 

John Crawford fatally shot because he was carrying a toy gun at Wal-Mart
John Crawford

John Crawford, was a young father of 22 years of age that was fatally shot in the chest after failing to adhere to officers orders of dropping his BB gun which he planned to purchase from Walmart.

 

 

Eric Garner
Eric Garner

Eric Garner, was a family man who suffered from asthma, officers tried to arrest him and while he resisted, they threw him to the ground and placed him in a chokehold. Garner, while in no position to move, cried out that he couldn’t breathe and tried to reach for an inhaler while officers mistakenly took for a gun. His death was ruled a homicide and video has now become viral.

Renisha McBride
Renisha McBride

Renisha McBride, was a young lady who crashed her car in the middle of the night, and was seeking help, knocked on the door and window of a middle age Caucasian man at his Dearborn Heights home, in Michigan. The shooter Theodore Wafer, fired through the door, which McBride endured a shot to the face. Wafer has just been convicted for second degree murder, manslaughter, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. He was found guilty on all three charges on August 7, 2014.

Ezell Ford
Ezell Ford

Ezell Ford, a mentally ill man, who was walking down the street while he was stopped by police for investigation. According to reports, Ford wrested with cops and attempted to grab an officers gun. The backup officers shot him, while the other officer while wrestling with Ford shot him and he later died.

Dante Parker
Dante Parker

Dante Parker, was tased by a female police officer after she mistakenly identified him as a burglary suspect, because he supposedly fit the description of someone who did,  because he was riding a bike, just as the actual suspect was. But the family man, worked 12 years at a Daily Press Paper as a pressman in their production department. Comments from family friends and co-workers say Parker often rode his bike, to lose weight and stay healthy, that he’d many times could be found running up and down stairs, and simply being a family man. He was apprehended by police who tased him because she felt he was resisting arrest meanwhile in the back seat of the police car Parker had difficulties breathing, so they rushed him to the hospital, but he like many others, also died.

There are so many faces that have died to foolishness. Why aren’t these cops, and citizens prosecuted through the fullest extent of the law? If anything they are forced to step down and take on desk duty. The worse part is no one cares enough about the black community. I can say Reverend Al Sharpton comes and speaks out about the injustices we face. But where all the influential voices in music and film. These are the people that can change the opinions of our young people. We watch young people spend hundreds of dollars on products and clothes from rich and successful entertainers yet when incidents like this happen we rarely hear anything from them. Now I am not saying it is their responsibility. But an injustice in an urban community is an injustice anywhere. Perhaps, their music could influence some type of change. Since we know the influence of Hip Hop already has on the young black community.

I don’t know when the killings of Blacks will ever end. But what I do know there is no respect at all in the black community. They are finding  new ways to kill us off.  If we aren’t killing each other, they’re murdering us. Until we decide to finally come together and unite as a community we will continue to get treated like animals with no voice. We have to remember the words and actions of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hopefully, one day people will finally see us as ordinary people with thoughts, feelings and opinions just like anybody else. I pray for a day where we aren’t victims of racial profiling and truly respected individuals of society.

Remember, YOU MATTER, Let’s Stop Injustice