The shock of seeing police being violent suprised me when I first got involved in student politics.
I never knew of police brutality before then, which unfortunately speaks volumes of my racial identity.
After a protest where the police took off their name badges and identity numbers, I saw myself on the evening news frantically waving my finger at a riot clad police officer, telling him off for not wearing an ID badge.
It’s a big deal for me to ask a waitperson to bring some sugar to the table, so this was somewhat out of character.
It made me think.
The rage that started to pervade within me when I saw police being rough and violent with my friends and other protesters was huge. I was so angry.
What would it be like to be born into a world when you repeatedly see this happening from childhood?
That immense fury I felt over several incidences of unjust behaviour from police is a ridiculously pale comparison to the repeated experiences of police brutality and oppression felt across the world.
Especially deaths in custody and the killing of unarmed kids.
In my home state, a 22 year old woman, who was in prison for unpaid court fines, died whilst in custody. At the same time, a man safely walked away after his foot became stuck in between a city train and the platform.
Guess what got the most news coverage?
Guess who was white?
It’s not just a rough personality or mentally unstable individual within the police force that results in repeated situations of police brutality within specific communities. It is systemic.
Since it is systemic, the whole of society needs to take responsibility for police brutality.
Aamer was one of the students I stood beside at many student protests and I think he clearly sums up the concept of systemic oppression and the pervasive nature of ignorance, which is most definitely linked to the ugly beast of police brutality.
It’s never just one rotten apple that spoils the barrel. The barrel itself needs to be examined.
Dungeon Prompts: http://theseekersdungeon.com/2014/08/21/dungeon-prompts-police-brutality/#more-6554