In light of the Trayvon Martin controversy, the unspoken reality of modern day vigilante’s within many police units-is causing more effective action against some “civil servants”.
The Sept. 24 shooting of Justin Thompson of Memphis, TN is still under investigation but the question of whether Officer Terrance Shaw used excessive force makes the case one more example for critics who say there has been a persistent culture of misconduct in the police department of Tennessee’s largest city.
This year, at least 23 Memphis officers and civilian personnel have been charged with crimes, from DUI and drug dealing to human sex trafficking. Going back to 2004, dozens of officers in the 2,400-officer force have been charged with corruption.
Thompson’s death was a tipping point for Mayor A C Wharton Jr. in recently ordering a review of the department by an outside group, like Miami, Los Angeles and other major cities with troubled departments have done in the past.
Wharton says the department’s arrests are causing the public to lose faith in its police. Among the most shocking of the arrests this year was an officer charged with sex trafficking, accused of making a deal while on duty to take prostitutes to work at a party in Mississippi.
That officer was investigated and charged by the FBI’s Tarnished Badge Task Force. It also investigated an officer charged with computer fraud and another charged with drug possession. Other officers have been charged this year with theft of property, felony shoplifting, domestic violence and DUI.
Just stop killing, abusing and threatening our black and brown children and we won’t have to keep revisiting the effects of these modern lynchings that are occurring frequently. The candlelight vigils that serve as closure for the victims family and awareness to the rest of the world are all that remains of a human life taken. ”
“Strange fruit” is no longer as prevelant, but the act is definitely still occurring at the barrel of a gun. Wake up good people and call these oppressors on their malfeasances against humanity.