So often, black officers are questioned regarding the behavior of white officers and their lack of effort to protect minorities. We must keep in mind that bias does not only affect white officers. I have seen behavior by blacks result in the same racist results as those by whites. As Robin Diangelo states in her book "White Fragility" we are all swimming in racist waters. Bias does not make a person a racist and well-meaning people actually do things that further racist systems. Now, the minority community is hurting over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white officer. While one officer had his knee on the neck of Floyd there were three other officers standing at the scene of the incident who could have stepped up and said something but they did not. Why didn't they? Why did they stand by and allow this to happen? Perhaps they agreed that Floyd was a danger? Maybe they felt he deserved the treatment he was getting. How many have considered the possibility that they knew it was wrong but that. they did not feel it was their place or that they had the power to step in and correct the behavior of a fellow (Senior) officer. What would those officers have to fear? Take a look at the attached video and consider the questions of why some don't speak out when it is clear that they should. Cariol Horne spoke up. Do you think other officers would speak up more often or less often after observing what happened to her?
"2018, Officer Kwiatkowski, the same officer that Horne prevented from harming Neal Mack, was sentenced to 4 months in prison for using unlawful and unreasonable force against 4 teenagers that were already under control."