Texas Cop Says He Was Threatened For Trying To Tell The Truth About Sandra Bland | ThinkProgress

Over a year after Sandra Bland died in police custody, an officer involved in the case is giving the world a glimpse into how the “blue wall of silence” works inside the law enforcement industry.

Prairie View, TX, police officer Michael Kelley says that a local prosecutor and police officials suppressed facts about Bland’s initial arrest while investigating Brian Encinia, the man who actually cuffed and booked Bland. Encinia was eventually charged, but only with perjury — a decision that sparked further outrage.

Kelley got to the scene too late to see exactly what happened between Encinia and Bland during the key moments off a dash-cam video where the two are out of frame and Bland says he’s knocked her head against the pavement. But Encinia said he didn’t know what he was arresting Bland for but would come up with something, Kelley says. “She had a large mark on her head. Maybe she fell when she was in handcuffs. Maybe she got kicked,” he told the Huffington Post’s Michael McLaughlin. Read it here. –> Texas Cop Says He Was Threatened For Trying To Tell The Truth About Sandra Bland | ThinkProgress

From 12 Years A Slave – How A Black Man Might Survive A Traffic Stop

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“If you want to survive, do and say as little as possible.” 

– Clemens – 12 Years A Slave

Country Singer Coffey Anderson Explains How To De-escalate a Possibly Escalated Traffic Stop

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First of all, let me be clear that I applaud anyone that attempts to offer up solutions to stop this bloodletting and death that is resulting from interactions between law enforcement and African-Americans.

The problem I do have with some of these ideas and solutions is they tend to somehow put the responsibility of staying out of harms way on the citizen by suggesting they make certain concessions and capitulations other ethnic groups never have to do. Those suggestions alone underscore the glaring fact that there is something larger looming when it comes to law enforcement’s attitudes toward African-Americans.

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US Police Have Killed Nearly 9,000 Civilians Since 9/11

Police are outgunning terrorists on American soil.

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Despite a number of high-profile attacks that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans both in the United States and abroad, police continue to pose a far deadlier and more immediate threat to Americans than terrorists.

At least 8,882 civilians have been killed by police since 9/11. This figure is based on government data and civilian- and media-run databases of police killings, although experts agree that the true number could be far higher.

By contrast, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, still the deadliest act of terrorism committed on U.S. soil, claimed the lives of 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others.Even including the “Global War on Terror,” in which about 6,879 U.S. service members were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which were a direct result of 9/11, and more recent terrorist attacks like the San Bernardino shooting (14 deaths), the Orlando nightclub shooting (49 deaths), or even the attack on Dallas police officers protecting a Black Lives Matter march (five deaths), those who receive public funds to “protect and serve” are proving to be deadlier than terrorists.

Source: US Police Have Killed Nearly 9,000 Civilians Since 9/11