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Email McKinney PD

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I just sent out emails to every single person on this list. There’s nothing wrong with speaking your mind on social media, but also take the time to let the people with the power to do something about this incident know how you feel, too. When you send out the email, be clear, concise and make sure you’re not too emotional while you’re writing. For anybody who wants to send emails but aren’t sure how to or can’t find the words, here’s my letter. Feel free to use it as a starting point or copy word for word:
“To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing in regard to the incident involving McKinney police officers and teenagers attending a pool party on Friday, June 5, 2015. The videos of the incident that have recently emerged via social media during the past few days have been disturbing, to say the least. Videos from the incident show officers racially profiling minority teenagers present, as well as, Officer Eric Casebolt slamming an African-American, teenaged girl to the ground.

While I applaud the swift action taken to place Officer Casebolt on administrative leave until the investigation of this incident is completed, this action is simply not enough for Officer Casebolt’s horrendous actions towards a minor. I am urging you to terminate Officer Casebolt immediately to ensure that he never has another opportunity to abuse any other citizens in McKinney. I am also urging you to ensure that all other officers receive discipline for their roles in the incident on Friday. Racial profiling should never be behavior that is exercised by any officer, and allowing a fellow officer to use excessive force should not be behavior accepted by any officer on your force. Each and every officer involved should be swiftly and strongly reprimanded for their unacceptable and unprofessional behavior. Moving forward, I also suggest that your police department take immediate actions to better train police officers. Training that focuses on dealing with citizens, particularly minority citizens, in nonthreatening and appropriate ways should be implemented.

It is my hope that the McKinney Police Department will serve as an example to police departments around the nation by dealing with reprehensible behavior of its officers in a professional manner. It is also my hope that the McKinney Police Department will take this opportunity to prove to countless citizens across this nation, who have lost trust in law enforcement, that the police are truly here to protect and serve its citizens and will reprimand and/or terminate any officers who do not.

Best,

(Your Name Here)”

Also, the phone number for the ‪#‎McKinney‬ PD is 972-547-2700 in case you want to call and leave a message. Let’s put that pressure on them and let them know that we’re not tolerating police brutality in McKinney or any other city.

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What If?

Let me say this to help put some things about the Baltimore protesting into perspective…

What if a woman was being beaten by her husband day-in and day-out?

What if she tried time and time again to talk to him, politely asking him to stop?

What if she tried to alter her behavior to keep from provoking him?

What if she tried to find an escape but saw no way out?

What if, no matter what she did, the beatings just wouldn’t stop.

What if one day, she went off on him and went upside his head, would you be mad at her?

No, of course not. You know that when someone is backed into a corner and has tried all other resources to avoid conflict, it’s only going to be so long before they fight back. What we’re seeing right now, in Baltimore, is the equivalent of a battered woman fighting back and saying, “No more!” People ask why they’re resorting to violence, but what other options do they and most of Black America have at this point to be heard and to make the senseless violence that has been perpetrated on us stop?

Do you know how many years people of African descent have begged and pleaded to be treated humanely?

Do you know how many of us have gotten law degrees and gone into government to pass laws and legislation to protect ourselves?

Do you know how many decades parents have lectured their children to remain peaceful, and be respectful and “respectable” enough so that we don’t get gunned down in the streets?

Do you know how many times pastors and community leaders have encouraged us to uphold to standards that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. set for us, inspite of the inhumane treatment we receive?

Black Americans have been backed into a corner by the senseless violence and abuse that we face and for so long we’ve been trying every other possible resource to avoid conflict. What you’re witnessing now are people so tired of being beaten down, and feeling that they have no other recourse, they’re finally fighting back. I hate that it has to resort to this, but I can’t be mad at the people of Baltimore right now, just like I wouldn’t be mad at a battered woman fighting for her life.