I remember when I was a little girl in elementary school. In first or second grade a police officer, known as “Officer Friendly,” came to my class, and spoke with us, stating that the police are our friends. Their jobs are to protect and serve. I remember being so excited and believing every word that he said.
Now I am thirty-six years old and forced to see a different reality. So many times over the years I have seen instances of police brutality played out on TV. The most memorable being the 1992 beating of Rodney King. Here it is 2010 and now we have the beating of a 21 year old, University of Maryland student, John McKenna. A young man is in the street after a game, celebrating the win, and he gets the beat down of his life. The Justice Department made a statement saying that when the FBI completes its investigation, they will determine if civil rights laws were violated.
The young man was dancing down the street. He did not have a weapon. He wasn’t even bothering anyone.
- Published in Tiffani Real9