There Are No “Bad Apples”, Just An Organized Gang of Rotten NYPD Thugs

United States Hypocrisy

Eric and wife Esaw Garner Eric and wife Esaw Garner

“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” says the wife of 43 year-old Eric Garner, whose videotaped death at the hands of New York Police on Staten Island last Thursday is causing outrage among members of the local community and spreading throughout the nation at-large. Though the incident happened shortly after 5:00 P.M., Esaw wasn’t notified until much later at night when she was called to come to the hospital to identify her loved one’s body. When she arrived in the paramedic’s room and saw Eric Garner’s body, she began speaking to him, hoping to God he wasn’t yet gone. “I saw him with his eyes wide open and I said, ‘Babe, don’t leave me, I need you.’ But he was already gone.” Afterword, she confronted the police officers and asked them to explain what…

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Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

2 thoughts on “There Are No “Bad Apples”, Just An Organized Gang of Rotten NYPD Thugs”

  1. Perhaps officers should live in the neighborhood they patrol. They should be members of that community.

    Or citizen members of the community should accompany on all calls. Civilian control should extended to every aspect of policing.

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    1. Carleton, those are excellent suggestions that should be routine. Part of police brutality and racial profiling are tied to cultural incompetence: lack of cultural awareness of the community served.

      I read an article in the Washington Post poking fun at our President (Obama) for using the word “folks” in different contexts. Unbeknownst to the author of the article, the term folks is often an endearing term used by black people and other cultures. I use the term ‘folks’ quite often, and for me, it indicates familiarity..

      Many cultures are surprisingly ignorant of black culture. Some cultures want to eliminate black culture altogether. That is just silly, what about their entertainment? No new dance moves or colorful fashion….I guess when one is fed only stereotypes and myths it is difficult to re-adjust or adapt to the truth.

      Police Officers face that challenge–their internal biases become uncontrollable in stressful situations. Most learn self-regulation, part of emotional intelligence…. police officers score very low on EQ is my guess.

      Police departments need an overhaul of their culture, policies and personnel.


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