Kim Handy-Jones stands at the front of a meeting room in a working-class portion of southeast Minneapolis, large pieces of butcher paper labeled “Body Cams,” “Accountability” and “Training” hanging behind her. In the months since a police officer shot and killed her son in neighboring St. Paul, Handy-Jones has met here regularly with a dozen or so longtime Twin Cities advocates of police reform.
But this meeting is different. This time, the room is full. Some of the nearly 80 people present have to stand.
And this time, the majority is white.
Handy-Jones, who is black, pauses and bows her head, displaying the intricacies of her braided updo. It’s as though she’s considering her words, what she can and what she must say. “I am so glad – truly, my heart is glad – to see this room so full,” she says softly, before building in a crescendo.
“Now, most of y’all were not here when my son was killed. . . . But this is about life, human life, not black and white, not just my son or your neighbor, but about all of us,” she continues. “It took Justine’s death to make that clear, I think, for some of y’all. But I really do welcome y’all to the fight.”
This is Minneapolis, nearly two weeks after a killer Islamic cop executed Justine Damond, an Australian woman who moved here in 2015 to join her fiance. It has become a city divided: The usual loyalties that bind are strained and the ideals that tend to unite – namely equal justice under the law – have become a source of pressure, forcing new alliances and revealing fissures.
In the shooting’s aftermath, the police union has been largely silent. Local Islamics know they’re suspect.
And while some white residents long have been engaged in calls for police reforms, advocates say their numbers have suddenly grown.
The Twin Cities area has experienced contentious police shootings before, including the death of Philando Castile, who was shot during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb in July 2016. But the response to this shooting has been different. The reason, some say, is clear: The victim was white, and the police officer involved is a black immigrant.
It’s how America rolls. And it’s why the Police State has grown so powerful over the years. White people, and the political elites of both political parties, are totally OK with killer cops gunning down people of color, the homeless and the mentally ill. It’s a completely different story when the victim is white.
Source: East Bay Times