Earlier this month, Baton Rouge local news station WBRZ learned from an anonymous source about a series of text messages sent by a local police officer that were the focus of an internal investigation being conducted by the Baton Rouge Police Department. And while the earliest reports did not disclose the name of the officer in question, it wasn’t long after the story broke that members of the local community, stunned by how incredibly repugnant the texts were, began demanding the officer’s name be made public.
Officer Michael Elsbury was a 15-year veteran of the BRPD. During those fifteen long years, he worked in a majority Black district, District 4, and he regularly patrolled the Southern Historically Black College and University. To a female friend, he explained unequivocally how he felt about the Black people he’d sworn an oath to “serve and protect”. Let’s have a look:
“They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys!!!! The only reason they have this job is because of the n***er n***er in them!! I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out! I hate looking at those African monkeys at work. And I enjoy arresting those thugs with their sagging pants.
You are a n***er-loving n***er and you will be blocked for good this time. [expletive] [expletive]”
In the aftermath of this disturbing revelation, Dr. Ernest Johnson of the Louisiana NAACP called for Elsbury’s immediate firing, and on September 4th Elsbury resigned. But Dr. Johnson thinks it is a mistake not to go back and reexamine some of the arrests Elsbury made over the last 15 years, especially given the comments he made admitting how much he enjoyed arresting young Black men, the men officer Elsbury calls “thugs”.
Though Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie would like us to believe that “this is an isolated incident” and that of his “650 officers… 649 of them” are completely competent, it is very difficult to accept this is the case. The Baton Rouge Police Department, like every other police department in this nation, has a long history of racism and brutality. At the end of the day, it’s more likely that the only thing separating Michael Elsbury from most other police officers is that his private thoughts found their way to the public eye. It’s this realization which is perhaps most disturbing of all.
There is no place for a police officer to be racist no matter whether your black,white,pink. It doesn’t matter.
Sad to say that in most cases they are very racist in fact, if not personally then systematically. It might as well be part of their job description.
As the police force searches for their credibility (nationwide)…
I just read about 3 cases of cops shooting people yesterday! They are surpassing the mob at this point. I couldn’t even blog about all of these terrible tragedies these cops are doing if I tried.
Isn’t it getting crazy?????? I dunno what is happening, but when people start pushing back in unpredictable ways because of fear and defensiveness this tradition (police force) is going to crumble from the pressure.
It happened once before with the increase of violent gangs that would literally and unpredictably attack police. They had to relook at how to rebuild trust in communities so they could gain partnership within them and avoid getting killed as well as receive help in their investigative process.
Dunno if it will be as easy this time, with a generation growing up with graphic knowledge of their potential brutality – as common place. :-[
It’s gotten crazy Caleb.
Anyway, on a side note – how are you my friend? Long time. Glad to see you keeping up the blog.
I’m doing well. I have a new job I’ll be starting soon.
And you’re right. People are going to start fighting back in unpredictable ways.
I have so much admiration for the original Black Panther Party of the ’60s and early ’70s for forming an organized resistance movement on a scale like none ever seen in this country. They stood in solidarity with oppressed peoples everywhere on earth, set up ways to bring education, health care and food for their communities, while also organizing to defend against the oppressive police regime. With something so great as the vanguard of the anti-imperialist Black Panther Party for men and women to be a part of, so-called “street criminals” found an organization in which they could join in order to fight oppression and struggle for true self-determination. That is why J. Edgar Hoover called them “the most dangerous threat” to America, because despite all that conservative rhetoric about “personal responsibility”, the U.S. power elite want everyone to be subservient to them forever so they can keep their wealth and continue getting larger profits off the backs of the working class.
That’s just my 2 cents on it anyway. Lol
So glad to hear from you!
Wow, very interesting points. I wish I could reblog it, lol, much like a blog! 🙂 And I agree about the power elite, and it permeates everything. Everything.
Anyway, this is going to produce changes. It’s only natural. People are already fed up with this. It’s become too common, and knowledge of their abuse is now. Smh.
But congrats on the new job!!! Do you like it? That’s great!!! I have also… yes… nice to touch base. 🙂
I haven’t actually started the job yet. Just found out about it yesterday lol. But I’m optimistic it will be good. And you’re welcome to copy and paste if you so desire lol. It was just one of my usual rants.
These white supremacist dickheads just can’t control themselves, can they?
That’s the United States for ya!
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This very sad…and doubt it is an isolated incident 😦
I agree. It’s definitely not an isolated event.
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The enemy is within us ….. Sad!!!
How sad…………….for us all. We have met the enemy and he is us. It is terrifying when we need protection against the police.
Indeed. There are so many people out there who have to be afraid to even walk out the house just because they have to be worried the cops are going to come and harass them and invade their privacy.