You would think, by now – the Police Leadership would have gotten a clue.While the fact that this Cop is pissed and mouthing off doesn’t prove malfeasance – the harassment, and settlement by the Police Department would seem to indicate more than just a little bad blood. And is proof that some sort of harassment indeed occurred.
White Cop…Black Citizen…Again.
White Alabama cop caught on tape discussing how he’d cover up the murder of a black man police had been harassing
The Guardian’s Jon Swaine published a damning article Tuesday about the measures an Alabama town took to cover up the behavior of a police officer who threatened to murder a black resident who claimed that he was being targeted by the police.
Vincent Bias alleged that for the past two years, the Alexander City Police Department had been engaged in a systematic campaign of harassment against him, issuing an “exorbitant number of traffic tickets, citations and concocted city code violations.”
In 2013, police were called to the home of Bias’ brother-in-law because of an unleashed dog. While there, Officer Troy Middlebrooks confided in Bias’ brother-in-law — who is white — that he was tired of “that nigger” being released from jail. Bias has multiple drug convictions and has spent time in prison, and Middlebrooks had arrested him on possession charges earlier that year.
“Something’s going on with that fucking lawyer he knows, and that fucking judge or something,” Middlebrooks can be heard saying on a secret recording of the conversation made by the brother-in-law. If Middlebrooks had his druthers, he would “fucking kill that motherfucker with whatever I had in the fucking house.”
More significantly, Middlebrooks said that “before the police got here, I’d fucking put marks all over my shit and make it look like he was trying to fucking kill me. I god damn guarantee you. What would it look like? Self fucking defence. Fuck that piece of shit. I’m a lot different from a lot of these other folks. I’ll fucking tell you what’s on my fucking mind.”
“That motherfucker there needs a goddamn bullet,” he added. “You fucking know exactly what I’m talking about.”
When Alexander City Police Chief Willie Robinson learned of the tape, he defended his officer, saying “he was just talking, he didn’t really mean it.” However, he insisted that although Middlebrooks wasn’t terminated, “he got disciplined.”…(More)…
Could just be the reason we are seeing this –
A new survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has found a vast gulf between black and white Americans in how they view police officers. Things to know about Americans’ opinions and experiences with policing:
BLACK AMERICANS DON’T TRUST POLICE
The AP-NORC poll shows that just a third of black Americans say they can always or often trust police to do what is right for their communities, while a large majority of whites say that. Nearly half of blacks trust the police just sometimes, and 2 in 10 trust them rarely or never.
Eight in 10 black Americans say police are too quick to use deadly force, and 7 in 10 say police officers who cause injury or death are usually treated too leniently by the criminal justice system. Just a third of whites say either of those things.
More than 8 in 10 blacks say police sometimes treat minority groups more roughly. A similar proportion says that police are more likely to use deadly force against a black person than against a white person. Most whites think race does not affect police use of deadly force.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES ARE KEY
Fifty percent of blacks, compared with just 3 percent of whites, say that they personally have felt treated unfairly by a police officer because of race. Another 15 percent of blacks and 5 percent of whites say unfair treatment by police has happened to a family member.
Whites who live in communities where census data shows at least a quarter of the population is non-white are more likely than other whites to say police in their community sometimes treat minorities more roughly, 58 percent to 42 percent, and are more likely to see the police as too quick to use deadly force, 42 percent to 29 percent.
Six in 10 Americans, including blacks and whites, say they personally know someone who is now, or recently was, a police officer.
About a quarter of blacks, but less than 1 in 10 whites, say they’re very worried about becoming victims of violent crime.
DIFFERING VIEWS ON REASONS FOR RECENT INCIDENTS
More than 7 in 10 blacks say major reasons for police violence against civilians include minimal consequences for police misconduct, poor relations between police and the public, and problems with race relations in society. Fewer than half of whites cited any of those as major reasons.
But 62 percent of whites, and just 45 percent of blacks, said a major reason is that civilians confront police officers when they’re stopped instead of cooperating.
Although they disagree on the reasons, 7 in 10 Americans, including similar percentages of blacks and whites, say requiring police officers to wear body cameras would be an effective way to prevent similar incidents.