America Beats Our Young.

How do you criminalize and brutalize an entire race? Like THIS.

In June, it was Dajerria Becton on the receiving end of a takedown. Her crime? Swimming while Black.

In September, it was James Blake, the former tennis pro, who was on the receiving end of a takedown outside of a Manhattan hotel. His crime? Looking like a Suspect While Black.

In October, we don’t know the name of the female student in Spring Valley High School who was on the receiving end of a takedown administered by Officer Ben Fields. Her crime appears to be Refusing to Leave Her Seat While Black.

(CNN)The video shows a South Carolina school resource officer standing over a student, seated at her desk. He puts his arm near her neck, then yanks her backward. The desk tips over and the student crashes onto the floor.

The uniformed officer doesn’t let go, sharply tugging the student toward the front of the classroom. She flies out of her desk and slides several feet across the floor.

“Give me your hands,” the officer says.

His is the only voice heard. Other students sit calmly and quietly, one of them covering his face with his hand.

Yet many haven’t been so quiet since the footage out of Columbia, South Carolina, surfaced.

Some have defended the officer, many pointing out that the video isn’t complete. It doesn’t show what happened before, including what the student did and how many times authorities — a teacher, a school administrator and finally the officer, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields — had asked her to get up.

Others, though, think the video shows more than enough to warrant Fields’ firing. There’s no excuse, they say, for a law enforcement officer to act that way against a student who hasn’t harmed or threatened anyone.

At least two videos shot by students show the dramatic scene Monday inside a math classroom at Spring Valley High School. None show much of what happened before it, however.

According to Lt. Curtis Wilson, a spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the instructor had asked the student “to leave the class several times.”

“The assistant principal was there as well,” Wilson said. “Then the officer was called to actually have the student removed from that location. The student refused.”

This is where the video picks up, capturing Fields as he says, “You’re either going to come with me, or I’m going to make you.”

The student doesn’t budge. Fields tells her, “Come on, I’m going to get you up,” and tries to pull her from the desk.

The officer gets the student up only after she first crashes to the floor and is then flung across the room.

Wilson said that no one was injured in the incident.

The student — who was released to her parents after the incident — faces a charge of disturbing schools, according to Wilson. Another female student, Niya Kenny, faces the same charge after allegedly standing up for the other teenager, her mother, Doris Ballard told CNN.

The FBI and area U.S. Attorney’s Office have opened a civil rights investigation to determine whether federal laws were violated during the student’s arrest, a Justice Department spokesperson said.

By any objective standard the cop applied an undue degree of force (and trust there will be objections Fields used excessive force).  This is only the latest example of the daily degradation and cruel brutality which can be inflicted upon any African American anywhere at any time.

This is how you teach hate. One vicious assault at a time.

Let Barack Obama, Kanye West and Ben Carson all walk out of a bar and cross the wrong cop and they’ll catch an ass-kicking  sure as any brother on the block.    The wearing of dark flesh is a criminal activity in this country.

This may fly in the face of my rep, but I don’t blame the cop. Well, not entirely. To be certain, Officer Fields has a colorful and checkered past with reports this is not the first time he’s apparently slammed a female around. Fields is also a powerlifter who can squat 940 pounds and though he hasn’t been tested for steroid usage,  after this it’s legit to wonder if there is any ‘Roid rage’ going on inside his bulked up bod.
Fields has been the recipient of a 2014 “Culture of Excellence” Award and it was said he “has proven to be an exceptional role model to the students he serves and protects.”

Not looking too good for a repeat win in 2015, Officer.   Does it make you feel like a real man and tossing a teenage girl around like a sack of potatoes, you cowardly piece of shit?

One would think anyone who can squat 900 lbs would have no problem lifting the student and the chair and depositing both outside of the classroom. Fields chose another course of action and one that has made him a strong contender to score the Dumb Ass Video of the Week award.

But why was Fields at Spring Valley High School body slamming girls in the first place? Why is any police officer providing security–or the muscle–at any school? Are these students or criminals.

Whenever it was school systems decided to abdicate their roles as disciplinarians and turn it over to the police, that was a decision bound to bring about these sort of incidents. If teachers and administrators can’t control their unruly, uncooperative and stank attitude students, maybe they shouldn’t be teachers and administrators in the first damn place. I know…I know…kids are different today. They have no respect for anyone. Not their parents, not their teachers, not even themselves.

This is what you have the police and Fox News for.    To justify this.   To tell you the little uppity bitch deserved it.  To tell you ALL these niggers deserve it.

Schools have passed the buck for controlling their classrooms to armed police and internal security officers. When you view the kids you’re charged with educating as nails using a hammer solution to every problem makes a sick sort of sense.

I don’t want men with guns in schools. I don’t want police officers on school campuses UNLESS AND UNTIL there is a demonstrated need to be there. Got a problem with weapons, drugs, gang violence or other actions which disrupt a safe learning environment? Fine. Call in the cops, but not to go in there and start busting heads. If schools need some sort of liability protection from lawsuits to take back the enforcement of discipline, then so be it. I want teachers to do their jobs and cops to do theirs and it shouldn’t be their job to bounce kids off a floor while the others look on or away in horror.

But I do not want overmuscled, steroids gobbling punks with small penis issues bouncing a girl off the floor.  And the wall.  And down the hallway.   Fire this bully with a badge right now and beat the eventual lawsuit later.

What did anyone learn from that little demonstration of mindless violence? If you’re bigger you can get your way because you can kick some ass? That’s some lesson. How do you build the next generation of cop haters? Treat ’em like criminals early, show ’em who’s boss and get ’em prepped to be plugged into the school-to-prison pipeline.

The unnamed student should have been suspended from school, but forget about that now. Officer Fields made sure of that and he deserves whatever is coming to him from this shameful and ugly episode, but he shouldn’t have been there in the first place. You call the cops when you need someone to get a burglar out of your house, not because a kid doesn’t want to get with the program. Not every situation requires the unrestrained use of unnecessary force, but that was a distinct possibility, if not a complete certainty would happen one day.

Langston

Everyone is to blame. We have criminalized a generation of children and we have permitted criminal solutions to be applied to them.   We have allowed the police to treat Blacks like dogs and worse than dogs.   We have not made those who would humiliate us, beat us, break us, KILL us, suffer the consequences for their evil.   We have not taken eyes for eyes, spilled blood for blood spilled, terrorize those who terrorize us.

Cops like Ben Fields are like the cops who beat down Becton and Blake and beat down Sandra Bland and killed Tamir Rice and Oscar Grant and Eric Garner and Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo and Walter Scott and NONE of them are “good cops.” They are bad cops, rotten cops, brutal cops, killer cops and they will never stop. Not ever. Not until they are stopped.
There is a limit to how much abuse a whipped dog will take. There is no “justice” in the American injustice system and Black people cannot place their faith in a system which has never valued or protected us. If never has and it never will. It’s one thing to target young Black men and women, but quite another when Black children are being targeted.

The moment is coming where those being brutalized will have to go looking for their own justice. Things are coming to a flash point. What happens when it flashes over? Being a bad-ass bully with a badge may not be bad ass enough. This is a confrontation nobody should want because nobody can win, but damn if there aren’t forces spoiling for it.

WE ARE NOT DOGS.    YOU CAN SHOOT A DOG BUT DOGS DON’T SHOOT BACK.

Compliance. Control. Brutality. Justice?

We’re Gonna Have A Racial Profiling Pool Party!

YOU! You’re not Black! Please stop filming and have a nice day, sir.”

Corporal Eric Casebolt, formerly of the McKinney, Texas Police Force and The Biggest Thug in America,  resigned this week when the world reeled back in disgust from the video of his bestial and merciless of Dajerria Becton, 15, clothed only in a bikini.    Dishonored and disgraced by his savage attack, Casebolt left an indelible mark as the face of the callous and cold-blooded Warrior Cop who sees law enforcement as a call to battle .

Casebolt wouldn’t be the first goon to say “My bad” after proving how  much of a pitiless monster he could be,  but this may have been the WORST public apology ever!

Let us count the ways.

1. The lawyer for a McKinney, Texas, police officer who has become the country’s latest exemplification of bad cop behavior on Wednesday blamed her client’s aggressive actions on emotional stress. “He never intended to mistreat anyone,” his attorney, Jane Bishkin, said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. “He apologizes to all who were offended.”

Casebolt didn’t attend the press conference. Why wasn’t Casebolt present for his own apology? Why not offer a personal apology to Becton? His attorney “apologized,” not Casebolt himself. Which is like sending your mom to apologize to the neighbor for the window you broke. It’s insincere, it’s cowardly and it’s gutless.

Any “apology” that isn’t delivered BY the person who has harmed someone TO the person harmed by their actions is worthless.  

What Casebolt did to Becton was  far beyond which would leave her “offended.” She was physically manhandled, verbally demeaned, assaulted, and humiliated.   Casebolt treated Becton like  Patsy in 12 Years A Slave.  He pulled his gun and pointed it at two boys. He cursed and threatened every Black kid he could and nearly turned a neighborhood squabble into a full-blown race riot.

Dajerria Becton: Threat or Menace?

That goes way beyond being “offensive.” Belching at the dinner table or picking your nose is offensive. This was savage brutishness.

2.Bishkin said Casebolt had worked one suicide and one attempted suicide in the hour prior to being dispatched to the pool party that reportedly involved teens fighting. “The nature of these two suicide calls took an emotional toll on Eric Casebolt,” Bishkin said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

That’s rough. That’s tough. That’s the JOB and if you’re not prepared to do the job, take the rest of the day off. Go home sick. Tap out. Don’t take your aggressions out on a 15-year-old and inflict an emotional toll on her because you can’t hang.

3.Daniel Malenfant, president of the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police, said Casebolt has been receiving daily telephone and email death threats. “He’s worried for his family,” Bishkin said. “He’s worried that he may be followed.”

Oh, so now I’m supposed to feel sorry for Casebolt? Tough noogies, dude. Actions have consequences and yours put you and your family in the glare of the white hot spotlight. Casebolt made himself the poster boy for racist, vicious and bad policing. He can find the cause of his troubles in the mirror.

4. Casebolt, the city’s patrolman of the year in 2008, was reluctant to even go to the pool disturbance, but “felt it was his duty to respond” once the call escalated to reports of violence.

“He believed that those who fled were possible suspects,” Bishkin said. “He was not targeting minorities. In fact, he also detained a white female.”

How colorblind of Casebolt. Maybe this until now unidentified detained White female will step forward or star in a You Tube video on some right-wing website. For now this sounds like a lawyer trying to do her job and apply some lipstick to a pig of a case.

Bishkin says Casebolt was going to tap out of the run at first but “felt it was his duty to respond” and boy, did he! Like Rambo on PCP.

5. His first call of the night was to a suicide where a father had shot and killed himself poolside at an apartment complex in front of his family and others, Bishkin said. “Eric assisted them in securing the scene, photographing the body and collecting statements,” said Bishkin, noting that the deceased was black.

Oh, so your client wasn’t targeting Blacks at the pool party, but where a father offs himself poolside in front of his family, you emphasize the deceased was Black. So when your client is engaged in some heavy-duty racial profiling race doesn’t matter, but you don’t want your client to look like a raving bigot so race does matter. That about right, mouthpiece?

Maybe he should stay away from pools?

6. “Eric also spent a considerable amount of time consoling the man’s grieving widow.”

Plus, LeBron James is Eric’s favorite basketball player, he loves the new Kendrick Lamar album and some of his best friends are Black too!

Protecting and Serving your ass to death.

7. On his next call, Bishkin said Casebolt helped successfully talk a suicidal teenage girl down from her parents’ roof. “Eric’s compassion during these two incidents are a testament to his character,” Bishkin said. “While police work is often dangerous, it is fraught with emotions and family tragedy.”

Once he talked the girl down from the roof, did he body slam her to the ground, pin her down pressing his full weight into her back, handcuff her, and generally treat her like dogshit under his shoes?

Bishkin is right about police work being fraught with emotions and family tragedy. Casebolt almost caused a tragedy for several families when he lost control of his emotions.

8. Asked by a reporter if any other officers had been on the suicide calls and at the pool melee like Casebolt, Bishkin declined to answer. “Because there’s still an active investigation by the McKinney Police Department, we think it’s inappropriate to comment as much as we’d like to,” she said.

Then why comment about the active investigation by the McKinney Police Department in the first place? How’s that not inappropriate?

9. Bishkin said Casebolt has received little information about the investigation.

Why should the subject of an investigation be receiving information about the investigation? It’s not as though he’s still a cop.

10. “It is his hope that by his resignation the community may start to heal,” Bishkin said.

From the wounds he inflicted in the first place.

The “apology” was a  toxic waste spill  from start to finish. Any attorney worth their law degree should know the best way to help Eric Casebolt is to engage in some serious damage control. Bring him out before the cameras in a suit and tie with the wife and kids standing by their man. Have him read his own apology and make it clear because the investigation is ongoing, Casebolt isn’t taking any questions.

Talking about the stresses Casebolt was under before making the pool party run would and showing the world he is a caring and thoughtful police officer and not a raving Loony Tune would go a long ways in humanizing Casebolt. Instead he just comes off as a 14 carat phony.

I could have humanized and made Casebolt a more sympathetic figure than Miss Bishkin did and I don’t have any sympathy for him. For his sake, should charges be filed, Bishkin had better be a better attorney than she is p.r. agent.

Time and again, we’ve seen this same story play out with depressing frequency and time and again, it keeps  circling back to the same old scenario of angry/frightened armed White cop versus an angry/frightened/unarmed Black suspect.

The targeting of Black people  is not  the misdeeds of a few “loose cannons” or  due  to  a handful of  “bad cops.”   That was a tired cliché  and now it’s a bald-faced lie.  Casebolt  was named Officer of the Year in 2008, and his duties included neighborhood patrol and  community policing.

Casebolt was held up as the model of a good cop. What he lost control this was Casebolt the REAL cop.