On May 16, 2010, seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones from Detroit was murdered by Officer Joseph Weekley while asleep at her grandmother's house. Her murderer still stands on the police force today because our justice system partakes in aiding and abetting the toxic police officers that continue to helplessly murder our black brothers & sisters. Even though he was charged with involuntary manslaughter, the charges were later dropped.
A reality tv-show, "The First 48" on A&E was being filmed as the police were looking for a completely different suspect by the name of "Chauncey Owens". Weekley claimed that Aiyana's grandmother was a threat to him and "slammed his gun", when in reality, no fingerprints of hers were found on the weapon.
This just goes to show how little regard America has for black bodies. A little girl was killed from the safety of her own grandmother's home by police officer's wrongly invading as they entered the wrong house. Let that sink in. This has become a reality for many black girls living in America.
Our police system is undoubtedly corrupt yet people refuse to see the light. Hardly any of these incidents are ever brought to court or indicted, and we have a system filled with unchecked power and an unchecked responsibility that's completely devoid of any consequences for people's actions, sending the message to said police officers that they can continue to do whatever they want and get away with it.
Just look at Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed black man that was unlawfully killed by white Tulsa police officer, Betty Shelby. Before the shooting, he was referred to as looking like a "bad dude" by cops moments before he was killed. Betty was found not guilty.
The Stanford Prison experiment from the 70's shows that when you give unchecked power & authority over people, no matter who they are, they'll always resort to violence and mistreatment. We must stop this trend of prioritizing "blue" lives over the lives of innocent black civilians. We must demilitarize the police because the system is flawed, skewed, and unjust.
Black lives matter. Black girls matter. I'd love to live in a world where black women aren't being shunned away & misrepresented by the media, where I can be free from constant criticism, where my younger sisters can see themselves on every billboard, every advertisement, and know that they matter. It'll be a long ride to that utopia.
Future journalist. Poet.