Two Milwaukee cops determined he did nothing wrong, but a third one shot him 14 times. RIP Dontre Hamilton
Whether it’s newly minted activists or veterans of the Civil Rights Movement (CRM), the slaughter of Black folks by police officers across the country means everyone is traversing unchartered territory. The wholesale killings are causing the rough-and-tumble brother who nothing has phased before to shed tears. Mothers and wives are squeezing sons’ hands and making that goodbye hug last a little longer because today’s reality can translate into that sendoff being literally the goodbye-forever. Neither knows if a cop with a bad attitude, hairpin trigger and disdain for Black people will be the last thing they see.
The conundrum Black folks are facing is there is no clear cut solutions. There is no plan of action that will get these renegade cops off our streets .
Marches have been a protest staple for the last two years since the slaughter of Michael Brown by former Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson. Marches and demonstrations have proven to be an effective cog in the wheel since the CRM but marches by themselves don’t bring about the necessary resolutions. Millennial activists have breathed new life into that strategy and brought necessary media and public attention to countless issues.
Some from the CRM days have joined the young protesters but far more are on the sidelines either observing or committing not to be involved. Some protests have taken on an economic impairment focus-looking to negatively impact key retailers’ receipts-even though the merchants played no role in the killings or other incidents. The rationale is if top merchants begin to complain about dwindling profits, city hall will listen and ultimately move to improve policing in that community. Again more old timers are waiting and assessing whether they will get involved than those who are participating.
In the meantime, another cop realizes nothing happened to his brothers in blue when they took a Black life, so bam, bam, bam he pulls the trigger, reloads in some instances. In the worst case for that cop he resigns, pension in hand, and never sees the inside of a cell. These outcomes are clarion call to action-for all of us, just like the song Glory described