Thursday, March 27, 2014

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => Law Enforcement vs. Everybody – What will force them to actually #ProtectAndServe!?

Recently, I was reading on a friend’s FB wall about another example of police officers, overstepping the boundaries of “Protect And Serve” and into the realm of “Abuse and Exploit”! Read a little here:

Quinshon Shingles nypd settlementQuinshon Shingles (pictured) a rising rapper who claims New York Police Department (NYPD) officers entered his aunt’s apartment without a warrant, handcuffed him, and forced him to rap for his release has won a $7,500 settlement in the case, the New York Daily News reports.

In her comment, my friend asked the question:

…there seems to be a disproportionate amount of Caucasian people in law enforcement in policing minority neighborhoods. What if WE (as minorities) apply for these jobs and do these jobs... will this type of abuse still be there?

So What Does STYLEZ Think?

I would LOVE to believe that racially match-making police officers to their assigned communities would aid in reducing some of the excessive violence, exploitation and corruption, HOWEVER, I have seen first hand, black-on-black, Latino-on-Latino and White-on-White offenses occur between Law Enforcement and Citizens they are charged with "Protecting and Serving"!

I don't believe anything will quell these offenses besides ensuring proper psychiatric evaluations are used in the selection of Law Enforcement officers, including evaluating their anger management, coping skills and their ability to handle the pressures and ills of policing society! Unfortunately, that alone would probably reduce most police forces to bare bones staff!

Secondly, it will take one other simple action on the part of the Criminal Justice system when it comes to handling the arbitration and remediation of the offences... ACCOUNTABILITY! The day you make Law Enforcement officers accountable for their deeds and actions, across the board and no exceptions, is the day you start to reign in some (not all of course) of the ills that Law Enforcement commit against the public! At this point, they get away with murder, and have no reason to feel responsible for their actions! And that has got to stop!

More on Mr. Shingles story just further reveals and supports my point, if we don’t hold them account, Law Enforcement will continue to be corrupt and exploitive:

N.Y.C. Pays Settlement To Handcuffed Man Forced To Rap For Release

Mar 26, 2014 By Hannington Dia

Shingles, better known as “Sauce Da Boss,” alleged in his suit that officers David Grieco and Joseph Patton entered the East New York apartment to question a suspect. They eventually cuffed him and told him to craft some “spits and bars,” and if they liked his lyrics, they would release him.

Shingles claimed the encounter killed his desire to perform onstage.

According to Shingles’ suit, Grieco and Patton fooled the building’s superintendent in to giving them a duplicate set of keys to enter the apartment.

Grieco and other officers from the 75th Precinct have been under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau for allegations, including stealing jewelry and illegal apartment searches. Grieco is also named in 12 federal and state lawsuits for civil rights violations.

In its response to the suit, the city denied Shingles’ claims. “It does not appear that either plaintiff was arrested… there will be very few police documents relevant to this matter,” Assistant Corporation CounselQiana Smith-Williams said in court papers. Despite this stance, the city continued the suit without any depositions. They claim no wrongdoing in the settlement.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"MY – #Life" (Part of a Poetry Series by STYLEZ #TheSweetSeries)

969652_10151737455076424_530714968_nMY – #Life

by STYLEZ #TheSweetSeries

You came, You saw
You Conquered!
But it was needed, wanted
I wasn’t subdued,
You surpassed!

Surpassed Expectations…
Surpassed Requirements…
Surpassed End Goals…
Surpassed What I Deserved…

Life is filled with surprises,
Little ones, big ones,
and You are that special one!

If it ends, I’ve already lived,
If you go, It’ll already be gone!
Life is nothing without,
Life is everything within,
Within You! Because of You!

You give me Life!
My Life!

Monday, March 10, 2014

“Above All Is You” #TheSweetSeries – A Poetry Series by STYLEZ

10309026_10152457487686424_7342162047102284918_nI have known my wife, Alexis, for over 20 years, and in those years we have been friends, lovers, spouses, parents and now grandparents! But one thing has not changed in that time, I have always adored her and felt blessed to have her in my life! She has always been a beacon for my love and has always been a SWEET reminder that no matter what, we can do it, no matter what IT is! To express all the many feelings I have for my Sweet (my pet name for her), I have decided to write a series of poems and affirmations. I present to you… #TheSweetSeries

Above All Is You

by STYLEZ, #TheSweetSeries

My Life,
My Love,
My Heart,
My Focus,
My Charity,
My Attitude,
My Solitude,
My Beginning,
My Happiness,
My Dedication,
My Revelation,
My Conscience,
My Inspiration,
My Intelligence,
Above all, is YOU!