Just another day.

Another day, another Black person harassed and assaulted by the police. Another Black death, at the hands of the police.

In case you missed it, Daunte Wright, 20, was killed by police officer, Kim Potter. Potter claims to have mistakenly pulled out her gun, instead of her taser. The entire incident was caught on film.

Video footage from Caron Nazario’s police encounter was also released this week. Caron, a uniformed army Lieutnenat, was pulled over by police, guns drawn.

Daunte (I’ve had to remind folks that HE’s the victim) has had his past lambasted all over by the media – as is typical. The character assassination and “see, see, this one deserved to die,” has been swift.

I’d like to switch the narrative a bit and talk about former (because she resigned) officer Kim Potter’s past.

Most notably, she was among the first to arrive after the officer-caused death of 21-year old Kobe Dimock-Heisler. Kobe was on the autism spectrum and was having a mental health crisis. Officer Potter sprang into action, not to help the victim, but her fellow officers, and Kobe’s murderers. She advised them to “exit the residence, get into separate squad cars, turn off their body-worn cameras, and to not talk to each other.”

It’s important to note that the officers got off without any kind of punishment. But, I mean, is anyone surprised?

Potter is no stranger to these types of situations, knows just what to say and do to “protect” herself, and after 26 years on the force, I’d say she’s keenly aware of the locations of her taser and gun. Wouldn’t you?

Caron, on the other hand, is throwing racists for a loop. They seem to have a hard time reconciling their “back the blue” mantra and “support our troops” chant.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re still being racist as hell but they’re tight-lipped about their usual “support our troops” saying. In case you were wondering, if the serviceperson is Black, wellll…all that support shit goes out the window. Racism > everything else.

After having guns drawn on him, being pepper-sprayed, and forced to the ground – Caron made it out alive and without being arrested.

 Not before being told that “you’re fixin’ to ride the lightning ” by one of the officers. And after saying that he was scared to step out of the car, Caron was told that “you should be.”

Now, I’ve never heard this lightning phrase before, so I asked around. People who use this phrase/have heard it, say this is either in reference to being tased OR being killed.

It’s pretty clear what officer Joe Guitterez meant when he said ‘you should be” (scared). Any way you slice it, he meant to do Caron harm. 

He had already decided that he was going to harm Caron. Those of you who swear that the police don’t intend to hurt Black people and POC, are you reading this? Still not convinced? 

Would it sway you, to know that they lied on their report? Saying that Caron refused to pull over for a long time, when in fact, Caron simply drove to a lighted gas station nearby. The total time before he pulled over, was 1 minute and 40 seconds.

I’ve got an issue with some of you “well-meaning” people, too. All this talk about how Caron is an upstanding citizen, incessant comments about how good he is and his military service, ain’t sitting right with me.

Sounds a lot like “well, THIS one maybe didn’t deserve it, but the other ones do.”

If Caron worked at Mcdonald’s, smoked whatever in his free time, and had a misdemeanor on his record – he STILL wouldn’t deserve this treatment. 

You hear me? Black people don’t have to meet your respectability politics to be worthy of not being assaulted, harassed, or killed. The fact that I even had to write that..I..

*woosah*

That’s it, y’all. That’s the post. Just another day in the good ole U.S. of. A. You tired yet? You should be.

janay

When JanayB isn’t posting memes, scrolling through “wokebook” posts, ordering food and otherwise being your typical millennial, you can find her here destroying white tears and basking in her unapologetic blackness. Get in touch with her at JanayBsays@gmail.com

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