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DV Tinman      Thursday, June 4, 2020

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At the time this article was written by Tinman, no charges had been brought against the other Officers. As of the publishing (however) all Officers have been charged to some extent. You can find out more by clicking here.
 
     George Floyd was killed by an officer while in custody. Watching the video, I have no doubt it was a wrongful death. The officer has been charged with Murder in the 3rd degree and Manslaughter in the 2nd degree. I am in full agreement with this.
 
     Now, there is a big divide in my circle as to whether this was racially motivated. I will be blunt. I couldn’t care less if it was. Regardless of race he was killed by, at least in part, the actions of this officer and was ignored as he went into distress.
 
     The country is erupting into chaos. Let there be no mistake, if this was the first African-American to be killed in recent memory, we would not be. Riots do not erupt out of thin air. People don’t leave their homes and go to the city center unless there’s an (deep) underlying rage has been building.
 
     All of this makes me take stock of Tinman. It makes me think about the views I have held over the years. First, GrownMan made a point and it struck home. When a black man is killed by the police or a do-gooder, or anything other than black-on-black crime, the first question is “What did he do?” GrownMan made a coloration to rape victims. We victim shame these dead because they couldn’t be innocent. We won’t accept that a man lost his life over nothing. We are willing to turn our backs on what we would never accept if it was our son, our daughter, our father, our mother who was killed by the people we entrust with sacred authority.
 
     Since the riots have started at least one officer (I believe a DHS officer) has lost their life. This is tragic. Do not think in any way I do not mourn what I believe to be a cousin in arms. The cry has gone out about his family and their loss. Except for the community affected, there is never a public outcry for the family who lost their son, their daughter, their father, their mother. We chalk it up as just another criminal, living in a hood, must have done something.
 
     I have no idea how to change this. My best friends, my best leaders, my best shipmates all include people of every race. Here is something I do know, however. I am Stan. “Token, I get it now. I don't get it. I've been trying to say that I understand how you feel, but, I'll never understand.” I don’t know what it’s like to be worried when I see a police officer. I don’t know what it’s like to be questioned why I am in a neighborhood. I just don’t fit any profile that law enforcement would be looking for, except crazy serial killer. For some reason that is middle-aged white men… but we don’t worry about those.
 
     So here’s what I am going to do. I am going to not treat this like ever other thing. This is not a thing to joke about. Everything is a joke… not this. This is something I will treat seriously and engage in the dialog and see if I can’t make myself right, and who knows, someone else might find places to get right, too.
 
Article written by: DV Tinman - Residential Naval Tube Expert & DV Mod

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