you ever seen a sad tap dance routine? Sure, you may have seen a sad
tap dancer, but you can’t truly recall a sad tap dance. I’d
dare to say that the happy, frolicking, celebratory art form is what
happens every time another policeman is exonerated—by law
enforcement authorities—before “we the people” get
our due process when they beat, maim, assault, shoot and/or kill one
of us. Yes, they’re tap dancing on our graves.
I want to elaborate, on a case-by-case basis, the injustices of
police-induced killings, but that would bore you to death. Though
that might be a better option than being shot to death, it would not
serve my purpose in talking to you right now. I will, though
illuminate the American insanity of illusory deception and
revisionist history that continues to infect the general public.
Don’t get me wrong, the establishment and social justice
activists have been in a tug-of-war for “hearts and minds”
for some time now, but the purveyors of government-sanctioned murder
have many tools in their toolbox, including (but limited to) sports,
entertainment and threats of force.
posit to you the fatal police shooting of wheelchair-bound suspect,
Jeremy McDole, on September 23rd. Mr. Dole was killed when
police responded to a call saying that a man was suffering from a
self-inflicted gun-shot wound. Wilmington Police Chief Bobby
Cummings (who, for the record, is a Black male) said he's watched the
video and believes the officers acted professionally. A .38-caliber
handgun was recovered, he said, which the police connected to McDole.
The officers shot someone who exhibited no—I say again,
no—threat toward them.
of what he had in his hand or what he might have intended to do, the
police were wrong for killing him. Just watch the video and I’ll
say that again too—watch the video.
the American public, watched the video released by the Fairfax
County, Virginia Sheriff’s Department (after concealing it for
months despite increasingly heavy public pressure), of an internal
police force killing a Black woman…and you know what? There
will be no criminal charges resulting from the death of Natasha
McKenna, the mentally ill Black woman who died in last February after
Fairfax County sheriff’s deputies shot her four times with a
Taser stun gun in a protracted struggle at the Fairfax County jail.
me say this: Ms. McKenna should be deemed a prophet, because her last
words clearly predicted the outcome of these murderers who entered
her cell and extracted her from it. She said, “You promised
you wouldn’t kill me,” as the sheriff’s personnel
entered her cell. The Fairfax County law enforcers hid the video and
refused to share it with the victim’s family. Then, to add
insult to this injury, the Fairfax Coroner’s Office labeled the
cause of death a case of “Excited Delirium.” What
the hell is that? Who do you
know ever died from that! Is that
what happens when a 75-year old man dies while having sex with an
18-year old girl? Look, The American Psychiatric Association doesn’t
even recognize “Excited Delirium” as a diagnosed
condition! We know what she died of: the
existence of white men! Just
watch the video (I told you I’d say that again).
the video recorder, the cell phone camera and social media have
slowed the tap dance, but police are still tap dancing—on our
graves! After the incident, the same thing happens again and again.
share with you the incident of a video posted on Facebook that
sparked a use of force investigation in Fairfax County and now
police are saying the incident was lawful and appropriate. The
police weren’t going to investigate a damned thing at first!
Then, once they did, they deemed tasering a man—in the back,
while both of his hands were on the car—was “appropriate!”
The video shows a police officer and Elton Cansler next to a car.
The officer has a weapon drawn. Then, Cansler hits the ground
and you see him roll over. The officer is standing over him with the
weapon (I’d say the officer’s just short of tap dancin’).
Mr. Cansler didn’t hit the ground from “Excited
Delirium” folks, he was tased. But why?
here comes the illusory deception part. The police chief said when
the suspect was tased, he was— reaching for his pockets, where
he had a six-inch folding knife. But when you watch the video (yes,
I said ‘watch the video’ again), Mr. Cansler reaches for
nothing but a car hood! Once again, the police get away with (glad
this one wasn’t murder) brutalizing yet another American
citizen, in this case, another Black man.
watch this: Just like the case of Eric Garner in New York, who was
murdered by police chokehold, hundreds of thousands of we
the people witnessed that murder on
video, yet, the police told us, you’re not seeing what you’re
seeing. Interestingly, how often do we hear police dismiss the video
when it’s processed as evidence for the prosecution? In those
instances, police, typically launch a harassment blitz against the
owners of the recording.
to the matter of the wheelchair-bound Delaware man, last week, his
mother was arrested and charged with assault and for threatening a
woman she believed placed a 911 call to police telling them her son
had shot himself. Phyllis McDole , age 48, of Wilmington,
surrendered to city police and was released on $10,000 bail
(unreasonable bail: another attack on poor people). She was charged
with second-degree burglary, terroristic threatening, third-degree
assault and third-degree conspiracy. Just another diversionary tactic
that keeps the police in a “safe zone”…a zone safe
for tap dancing.
not for the videos of Freddie Gray in Baltimore or Michael Brown in
Ferguson, we wouldn’t have had the undisputable proof that
served as the impetus and justification for immediate hell-raising
and demands for justice. But every week, a new incident arises that
clearly demonstrates that we’re under attack by the white, male
establishment—a clear contradiction to the U.S. Constitution.
I demand Equal Protection Under the Law. I also demand the tap
dancing stop. No more “on leave with pay” while police
investigate themselves. No more hiding the identities of the police
killer. No disrespect to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, but
time to stop the police from “Bojangling” on our graves.