When I read published quotes from police officer Jay Stalien’s Facebook page post, now deservedly in the process of going viral, my immediate reaction was that it was a hoax, a measured and well-researched explanation of the racial unrest surrounding police shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement written by a professional pundit and placed in the metaphorical mouth of a black police officer to give it added power and credibility. It was, in short, too good to be true.
It is true, however, as well as good. To be presented at this time is an act of courage and civic responsibility by Stalien, and his effort redeems the existence of Facebook and social media, not to mention the internet, as few posts have. In the past, someone like Stalien would have to submit a column to a newspaper editor, and agree to cuts and edits that reduced its effectiveness, if his important observations were to have any impact beyond his living room or workplace. Now he can publish himself. The First Amendment has seldom been better served.
The post is very long, but you should read it all, here. I will only point out some highlights.
He begins, in part…
The following may be a shock to some coming from an African American, but the mere fact that it may be shocking to some is prima facie evidence of the sad state of affairs that we are in as Humans.
I used to be so torn inside growing up. Here I am, a young African-American born and raised in Brooklyn, NY wanting to be a cop. I watched and lived through the crime that took place in the hood. My own black people killing others over nothing….I used to be woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of gun fire, only to look outside and see that it was 2 African Americans shooting at each other.
It never sat right with me. I wanted to help my community and stop watching the blood of African Americans spilled on the street at the hands of a fellow black man. I became a cop because black lives in my community, along with ALL lives, mattered to me, and wanted to help stop the bloodshed.
As time went by in my law enforcement career, I quickly began to realize something. I remember the countless times I stood 2 inches from a young black man, around my age, laying on his back, gasping for air as blood filled his lungs. I remember them bleeding profusely with the unforgettable smell of deoxygenated dark red blood in the air, as it leaked from the bullet holes in his body on to the hot sidewalk on a summer day. I remember the countless family members who attacked me, spit on me, cursed me out, as I put up crime scene tape to cordon off the crime scene, yelling and screaming out of pain and anger at the sight of their loved ones taking their last breath. I never took it personally, I knew they were hurting. I remember the countless times I had to order new uniforms, because the ones I had on, were bloody from the blood of another black victim…of black on black crime. I remember the countless times I got back in my patrol car, distraught after having watched another black male die in front me, having to start my preliminary report something like this:
Suspect- Black/ Male, Victim-Black /Male.
Then Officer Stalien, in the same powerful style, proceeds to answer typical complaints from the black community by presenting “FACTS” that too many African-Americans, elected officials, journalists and partisans refuse to believe, accept, or comprehend:
“Complaint: Police always targeting us, they always messing with the black man.
Fact: A city where the majority of citizens are black (Baltimore for example) …will ALWAYS have a higher rate of black people getting arrested, it will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks getting stopped, and will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks getting killed, and the reason why is because a city with those characteristics will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks committing crime…”
This is, or should be, obvious, but has been deliberately obscured by the media and others because it undermines “the narrative.”
“Complaint: More black people get arrested than white boys.
Fact: Black People commit a grossly disproportionate amount of crime.”
Because it is really damaging to “the narrative” (Should I clarify that? The narrative is…“Once upon a time, white-dominated law enforcement personnel decided to target African-Americans for the crime of being black…”), that fact is simply denied, as well as labelled as inherently racist to mention. This is why Stalien mentioning it is a national service.
Complaint: Blacks are the only ones getting killed by police, or they are killed more.
Fact: As of July 2016, the breakdown of the number of US Citizens killed by Police this year is, 238 White people killed, 123 Black people killed, 79 Hispanics, 69 other/or unknown race.
Fact: Black people kill more other blacks than Police do, and there are only protest and outrage when a cop kills a black man….
Then he really challenges the black community and conventional wisdom:
Complaint: Well we already doing a good job of killing ourselves, we don’t need the Police to do it. Besides they should know better.
The more I listened, the more I realized. The more I researched, the more I realized. I would ask questions, and would only get emotional responses & inferences based on no facts at all. The more killing I saw, the more tragedy, the more savagery, the more violence, the more loss of life of a black man at the hands of another black man….the more I realized…Black Lives do not matter to most black people. Only the lives that make the national news matter to them. Only the lives that are taken at the hands of cops or white people, matter. The other thousands of lives lost, the other black souls that I along with every cop, have seen taken at the hands of other blacks, do not matter. …
They watch a couple videos and then they magically know in 2 minutes 35 seconds, how you are supposed to handle a violent encounter, which took you 6 months of Academy training, 2 – 3 months of field training, and countless years of blood, sweat, tears and broken bones experiencing violent encounters and fine tuning your execution of the Use of Force Continuum….I realized that most in the African American community refuse to look at solving the bigger problem that I see and deal with every day, which is black on black crime taking hundreds of innocent black lives each year, and instead focus on the 9 questionable deaths of black men, where some were in the act of committing crimes…. more than the lives of the innocent cops who were assassinated in Dallas protecting the very people that hated them the most….
Stalien acknowledges that some of the shootings are the result of bad cops…
“…I realized that they refuse to believe that most cops acknowledge that there are Bad cops who should have never been given a badge & gun, who are chicken shit and will shoot a cockroach if it crawls at them too fast, who never worked in the hood and may be intimidated. That most cops dread the thought of having to shoot someone, and never see the turmoil and mental anguish that a cop goes through after having to kill someone to save his own life. Instead they believe that we are all blood thirsty killers, because the media says so, even though the numbers prove otherwise….”
And he concludes,
“…I realized that some of these people, who say Black Lives Matter, are full of hate and racism. Hate for cops, because of the false narrative that more black people are targeted and killed. Racism against white people, for a tragedy that began 100’s of years ago, when most of the white people today weren’t even born yet. I realized that some in the African American community’s idea of “Justice” is the prosecution of ANY and EVERY cop or white man that kills or is believed to have killed a black man, no matter what the circumstances are….”
Obviously I particularly applaud this part, as it echoes what I have written here and thought about the Black Lives Matter movement from the moment it reared its racist, hateful head. This group, which is still endorsed by President Obama as part of his intentional or inadvertent Divide American Initiative ( it really doesn’t matter which), which has bullied Hillary Clinton into submission, which intimidated Bernie Sanders into allowing it to hijack one of his appearances as he sat nodding, and which the Democrats cynically view as a campaign asset against Donald Trump, is indeed, as Rudy Guiliani observed over the weekend, becoming a an anti cop, anti-white terrorist organization. Some of us, our vision unblurred by bias, could discern this result immediately. There were not enough of us, however, to overcome the fuel provided by Obama, Clinton, Marilyn Mosby, Sanders and Al Sharpton, as well as respected black opinion leaders in politics, academia and the news media, which has now propelled Black Lives Matter into an unhooded, reverse negative version of the KKK.
Permit me to pause and remind everyone of this:
“[T]he DNC joins with Americans across the country in affirming ‘Black lives matter’ and the ‘say her name’ efforts to make visible the pain of our fellow and sister Americans as they condemn extrajudicial killings of unarmed African-American men, women and children.”
—-The Democratic National Committee, in its resolution passed last August —and never retracted—endorsing Black Lives Matter
The attacks on Officer Stalien will be along presently. I’m sure he expected that. He is a brave, articulate, passionate man, and he ends his post this way:
“I realized that the very reasons I became a cop, are the very reasons my own people hate me, and now in this toxic hateful racially charged political climate, I am now more likely to die,… and it is still hard for me to understand…. to this day.”
Pointer: BizPac Review