When a cop stops you for failing to have a front license plate, expect to get shot. If a cop stops you for a seat belt violation, expect to get shot. Failure to signal will get you a trip to jail and you may never come out alive. Routine traffic stops have never been more dangerous and oddly enough after all the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore, the killing continues. The best part is? We haven't kept track of these statistics since 2009. Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, we don't know how many this has happened to. The Guardian began a project called "The Counted" the total is 664. What is so damning about this sorry part of American cop culture is that you would think, with more scrutiny, there would be some sort of training program, something being done to stop this violence before it starts, which leads me to believe it's been going on for so long and this problem is so out of control that no one knows where to start. No one even wants to start.
Where I live, cops are a great revenue stream for the township. I witness people getting pulled over right and left. The beginning and end of the month are always the worst because cops need their quotas. I'm lucky I'm a white lady, but my black friend Kirk isn't so lucky, he's always getting pulled over, for no damn reason.
There's 365 days in a year and already 664 people are dead.
Now everyone is begging for people to keep calm but the cops don't have to.
When the punishment for not having a front license plate is murder, people tend to feel upset. When the prosecutor calls this murder "senseless" and "asinine" that this police officer shouldn't even be one, well, it doesn't take an algebra major to equate that there's probably thousands more murderers in uniforms pulling people over when their trigger finger feels a little itchy. Worst of all this cop was wearing a cam and it didn't do anything to curtail his murderous nature. Thank God he was wearing one, however, just because there was an indictment doesn't mean there will be a conviction.
In the words of Mr. DuBose in the video, "I didn't even do nothing" doesn't matter, he didn't have a front license plate. I hope my friend Kirk does, he could easily be next.