The Death of Aiyana Stanley Jones

There is nothing accidental about the death of Aiyana Stanley Jones. Guns don’t just go off; fingers have to be firmly on triggers. The same way there was nothing accidental about the death of Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo and Patrick Dorismond.

I know what the police are like. I once sat in the back of a police car as an escort with my brother as two cops called us “barbarians” and “niggers.” You can not get me to ask a police officer for directions or the time. I respectfully keep my distance.

But they don’t.

Time and time again, people of color living in the US have to endure the dismantling of our civil rights and our humanity because police officers, having got away with murder time and time again, are emboldened to do as they please and fix up the documents later. The continuing lack of accountability will haunt our streets and our justice system for generations to come.

I agree with Pro Libertate blogger, William N. Grigg, when he writes in his post The Death of Aiyana Jones: “Showtime Syndrome” Claims a Child, that “This was not a hostage situation. The proverbial clock wasn’t ticking. Why didn’t the police quietly set up a perimeter at the targeted address, and wait until the suspect left the building? Why stage a post-midnight paramilitary raid against a home where children were present?”

The excessive force employed by police officers nationwide not only calls for a reevaluation of police procedure, but of police officers themselves. Like any job requiring people to interact with a public they are sworn to protect, definitive psychological evaluations of officers and consistent follow ups, as well as judicial accountability, need to be implemented and strictly enforced. Until then I continue to worry for my family.