More #justiceforlucca: The BA Community Responds

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Photo: BA Student Akeilah Chang, Standing Next to Mr. Valle, Wears A Shirt That Reads: “No Child Should Be A Victim of Police Brutality”

BA Reporter Shanelle Amos interviews Mr. Niu about police brutality. Mr. Niu is the grandson of a police officer. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below:

Perspective On The Issue

By Tanisha Smith

Cobras, what a wonderful day! But let me ask, in our community, do you feel safe? Looking at the news, we see police beating on our black people. It’s a continuous historical trend that never stops.

Last month in April, two black teens were involved in an arrest. One was severely slammed and beaten for picking up a phone. Delucca Rolle, a high school student, was with a group of kids at a popular after-school gathering spot – McDonald’s. When the cops recognized a teen fro a recent incident there, they beganĀ  arresting him. At that point,the boy dropped his phone and Lucca reached for it to keep it safe. The police then pepper-sprayed Lucca for that and forced him to the ground. He then slammed Lucca’s head against the ground and punched him as the boy tried to protect his face from getting badly bruised. Lucca was charged with assault, resisting arrest and trespassing. The incident was caught on video, went viral, and caught the attention of celebrities and communities who began demanding justice for Lucca.

I interviewed several people about the situation. They agreed to speak to me for publication as long as their last names were omitted.

“As a black person in this world, I shouldn’t have to worry about being harmed by a police officer. I have brothers and I don’t want to worry about them when it comes to things like this,” said Star.

I agree with Star. I too have brothers and cousins I don’t want to fear for when it comes to being harmed by officers who are supposed to make them feel safe.

“Police are just getting more and more violence when it comes to us black people and it’s sad. It’s like the history of being black will continue, and racists people who we’re supposed to trust will only harm us and our loved ones. These police are just hateful and full of despair,” said Jack, an older friend of mine.

Police are in fact here to protect us. But then why are blacks dying as a result of police brutality? I personally have friends who are victims of brutality or negligence. One friend drowned in a lake because the police, who saw him drowning, refused to jump in to save him. Instead, they they shot at the water. He kept coming up for air, asking for help. But they just watched him drown. Another victim, my friend Latasha, was shot and killed in her own car by police.

If this violence continues – who will we ever have to protect us?