All the lights in my car are operational. My registration will be current this afternoon. Easily accessible copies of my vehicle registration will be placed in white envelopes throughout my car. My wallet with my identification will be in the cup holder of my car.
I plan to visit a commercial property a friend recently purchased in a rural county outside of Sacramento. I have been stopped without cause, several times. It’s a given if your black or brown. It doesn’t matter if your driving a two hundred dollar Toyota Corolla or a ninety thousand dollar Mercedes.
I was stopped on Highway 16 on route to the Jackson Rancheria Casino with a young friend. I saw the officer give us a look and knew we would be pulled over. I didn’t say anything to her, I was just hoping she would remain calm. A black man and a young white girl. Sure enough, he made a u-turn and turned on his lights. He asked for my license and stared at the two of us. She was outraged, she didn’t understand, I waved my hand to calm her. I think the event changed who she was. No ticket was issued, we were allowed to proceed. Recently, we shared that 15 year old story with her husband.
In light of Dallas, law enforcement agencies are advising officers to be vigilant.
I am saddened by the murders of the officers in Dallas sad for their friends and families. I’m also sad for the families of Dylan Noble(White Lives Matter 2) in Fresno, California or Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile of St Paul, Minnesota who were also murdered.
A few news pundits will look into the backgrounds of the police officers and dissect the backgrounds of the murdered citizens. Despite what we saw, perhaps their backgrounds caused them to be murdered by the police.
Abdullah Muflahi, owner of the Triple S Mart decision to release the store video to the press instead of the police cleared up any misconceptions as Muflahi’s video does not appear to support the officer’s claim that Sterling’s gun represented an active threat: It appears to have been in a pocket and never reached his hand. Instead, the video shows Sterling pinned down, shot twice in the chest, and then shot four more times. Some believe the video might have been suppressed by the Police Department
There will be more protest all over the country this week .
Some officers will be nervous, while they are professionals they are also human. There are few people of color east of Sacramento. For some,brown skin is brown skin, doesn’t matter if your Indian, Latino, or from the Middle East and Black is always black. Stereotypes fester when there is one race and when there is no social interactions with people of different hues and backgrounds. Some communities might benefit when it has officers who reflect the communities they serve.
SO, this weekend. I’m heading east to the foothills. I’m not a gang member, I have no weapons of minimal or mass destruction. I don’t drink and the only drugs can be found on me is warfin and high blood pressure mediation. I do happen to be a big and tall black man, intimidating to some.
I never plan to be stopped by the police,it’s never a goal. I support the police, most are honorable some are friends. . But I also have history (DWB). My concerns are real. It is not a myth, unarmed black people are being killed.
Am I next? Will I die this weekend?