Saturday, November 18, 2017
Senseless Killings?!
By Danny J. Bakewell Jr. (Contributing Editor)
Published May 28, 2009

The rash of gang related murders are quite disturbing and the most recent one of the young budding football star from Narbonne High School brought back the painful memories of Jamiel Shaw Jr.’s fatal shooting.

Troubling and sad are words that come to mind and I often wonder when the senseless killings will come to a halt. When will we learn that love is much stronger than hate? That hugs should replace thugs and funs should replace guns?

However, as I sit and ponder and pray for those families, even more painful are the bevy of police involved shootings that have paralyzed the city of Inglewood.

As taxpayers we pay for the police to come out and protect us, but lately in Inglewood when we see the police we fear for out lives.

It’s not acceptable and even more tragic is that these police murders are occurring under the watch of a Black police chief. Someone who was brought to the city of Inglewood because she could better understand the ethnic make-up and who would restore order to the puzzling climate that has allowed a police department to wreck havoc on its citizens.

If this were a White police chief we as African Americans would be up in arms protesting the chief’s immediate removal.

Why then are we allowing this police chief to have a free pass?

Why is there not even more outrage because there is a person of color at the helm?

I suggest that this police chief be removed. One police related fatality is too many, but the numbers of Blacks slain by gun wielding officers is beyond a critical stage and the citizens in Inglewood deserve much better than what they are getting.

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