Tell me again about “a few bad apples.” Tell me again about police reform. Tell me again how it was a matter of public safety. Tell me again he needed to be stopped for walking. Tell me again how he was “suspicious.” Tell me again how he needed to be restrained. Tell me again how he shouldn’t have resisted. Tell me again, “if he’d just stopped struggling.” Tell me again how it must be his fault for…well? Tell me again how any of this is OK. Tell me again how there’s nothing you can do.
This isn’t about just ensuring that these officers involved can’t kill again. It’s about dismantling the police state. It’s about creating an entirely new system of community-based public safety and mental health engagement where, among many other things, mental health calls are handled by professionals who don’t see themselves as a quasi-military force whose enemy is the people they serve, where there’s no stopping someone for “acting suspicious,” where there’s no physical restraint of anyone for “their own protection,” and where no one is murdered for dancing, for a counterfeit bill, for a BB gun, or for the color of their skin.