Copa Style Magazine's News Analyst Harold Haley focuses in on the facts of the Sandra Bland incident.
Who was Sandra (Sandy) Bland
By Harold Haley
Some of you are expecting some type of analyzation of who this young woman was. People have described her as a “courageous voice”. I choose to refer to her as my sister whom I never physically met. Even though I never met her I knew her. She was a woman of color who met an early demise from what should have been a routine traffic stop, and the fact is she is dead. What should be of a great concern other than her death is that this could happen to you, your mother, sister or a loved one. The law enforcement agencies that are covering up, or engaging in this behavior are totally out of control. This is not an indictment or indicator that all law enforcement groups subscribe to or condone such behavior or that the officers who serve do. What has happened is that with the advent of cell phones that now capture audio and video, and a avenue other than main stream media these actions are now being exposed. I would venture to say that prior to these ways of exposing these acts of human degradation they existed. Did it start with Rodney King? I think most rational people know the answer. One thing that disturbs me more is the possibility that law enforcement officers just might feel that it is permissible. Perhaps because they see the actions of a few misguided men who degrade women by physically abusing them. No matter what the case physical abuse of women is never acceptable. *(unless a life treating case is happening). One should also realize that these acts are not limited to persons of color however it probably happens more than we care to admit. * (statically I have no proof of this, it is just my observance.) On a personal note a very well educated cousin emailed me shortly after this happened (she lives in Atlanta and is a professor at one of the very well-known schools of higher education). She described to me her encounter with law enforcement in DeKalb County that mimics the circumstances that surrounded Sandra’s case. Officers stopped her for an insurance violation, and if it had not been for an older gentleman coming out of his home the situation may have gotten out of control. She was humiliated and left on the side of the road to fend for herself all because of a mistake on the part of the DMV.The abuse of power has got to stop! For some reason these officers have no fear of reprisal for their actions. In some cases pregnant women have been thrown to the ground, kicked or totally mishandled. While a few voices raise opposition to this clear cut abuse most folks show only empathy. We should be outraged at this. We pay them! However, until it happens to us or someone we love the continued empathy will prevail. I would encourage everyone to become involved either though the political process or community involvement. What are we waiting for? The problem is at the front door. Do you want to invite it in? It’s your decision!