Protest and Negotiation for Black Police - The 1940s
The black leadership of Atlanta dealt with the issue of police brutality and indifference during the period 1940–49 through public demonstrations, voter registration campaigns, and negotiations. A 1945 march from Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue to the Atlanta City Hall organized by the United Negro Veterans was a key demonstration in the struggle. Mayor William Hartsfield finally agreed to hire eight African American police officers in 1948 after black leaders guaranteed thousands of votes for his reelection. It was not a total victory for the black community, however. The city's first black policemen could not arrest white suspects and the officers were initially stationed at the Butler Street YMCA to avoid racial tension at police headquarters.
Black Police Men In 2010 Can Indeed Arrest A White Criminal
This was no "driving Ms. Daisy. The guy was sitting upon his handcuffed hands and IN A CAGE.
You'll just have to trust me when I tell you that the cop was Black. I am not about to pull up to the side of any cop and snap his picture with my camera phone. The last thing I need is for flashing lights in my rear view and a demand that I erase the picture or join the White guy in the back of the car.
Speaking of "rear view mirrors", on the way home on this same trip I saw some "Good Ole Boys" with 2 big Confederate flags in the back of their truck. They turned onto my road as I drove through the intersection.
The guy clearly saw that I had turned off, got back on, was following him and snapping pictures.
I pulled beside him at this traffic light to turn left. He rolled down his window to look at me. Then rolled his tinted windows back up.
I wonder if he knows how STUPID he looks with those big flags in the back?
I don't hate on everyone with a Confederate flag though. The package store that I purchase my hard liquor from has a guy with such a flag on the back of his truck. He is a cool guy and we always have a good conversation when I go in. I asked him one time "What does that flag mean to you?". He said "honor, dignity and heritage."
I asked him why those who believe this never speak out against those who use it as a sign of "hatred"? If indeed you hold the flag up high - why do you allow people to drag it through the mud of hatred?
He stated that this is the case with this flag and so many others. The only direct influence that he has is over his own actions and that of his loved ones and sometimes he wonders about if this is the case with them.