In the movie the “Ten Commandments” Charlton Heston played the character where he said “There is no freedom without the law.” What chance does freedom have if law enforcement is corrupt from the inside out? The abuse of corruption is an equalizer that effects everyone from the corrupt, to the people that suffer from hands of these tyrants.
Does it need to be said that every gay person should be thy brother’s keeper when it comes to unethical behavior such as this? To accomplish this goal we must lookout for our own gay community first against the ones we hold to a higher standard. Atlanta Police Department has committed recent acts of subtle corruption against the gay community and it will be revealed today.
There is no doubt you heard about a women who was arrested on a DUI charge with two-hundred and forty three dollars in her pocket just to come out of jail without the money in her hand. The officers at the property desk told her there was no money logged with her effects. What about a gay man recently arrested for j-walking. When he went to jail he had an expensive android phone in his possession which was not returned to him after spending less than a day in lockup. He was given several excuses just to be told at the end the search there was no cell phone recorded in the logs. Last, what about a gay man that was arrested for theft of service which the case was dismissed the next day but his backpack with his expensive android phone and various accessories was never recovered.
Wait, you have not heard of these cases? Of course you have not. They are cases that are not reported. Who are gay people going to report their problems to, the police? They are the ones that stole their property in the first place. You don’t ask a system of corruption to help handle a problem they are instigating. These instances are “given to the game” as we call it. Our hard yearned money and possessions are given to the unfair Gods as tribute for law enforcement’s protection to live in a city that has the reputation of being a gay utopia.
The track record of misconduct throughout the ADP and neighboring law enforcement systems are well known and documented. We can never forget about the fiasco that happened in the Atlanta Eagle where illegal search and seizures happened, perjury on the stand occurred and planting of evidence was uncovered. What about Kathyrn Johnston. Though not gay, she was an ninety-two year old women gunned down by the Atlanta Police Department in her own home after a no-knock warrant was procured with cut-cornered procedures, half-assed investigative work and lies to cover up the their tragic mistake.
Those cases deserve to be exposed but the subtle injustice that is being done to our gay community by APD’s finest matter too. The only reason that this problem was discovered is because someone asked. Someone went through this slick game APD perpetrated and this person knew they could not be the only one. This person asked for others to stand up and tell their story of injustice. Someone gave a damn.
As Dr. Boyce Watkins wrote “For every corruption case that is unearthed, there are thousands that go unnoticed, unreported or to the bottom of the trash file of negligent departments. The blue wall of silence must disappear if police are interested in earning the trust of citizens again.”