One of the officers enjoyed driving fast at groups of people, and then taking down anyone who ran. Others were fans of the Honda Accord with tinted windows and backpack technique. Namely, they believed anyone who drove one of these cars or wore one of these was a dopeboy.
Two guesses as to the race of the people they targeted.
You’d think it would end there, right? That there’s no way this could get any worse. That these cops could not possibly find a way to be more corrupt, more intrinsically compromised than they already were.
As The Root explains, “when one of the officers, Marcus Tayor, was arrested, officials couldn’t figure out why he had a toy gun in his glove compartment.”
Well, that was because his supervisor had instructed members of the unit to carry toy guns on them in case they were “in a jam” – “in a jam” of course meaning in case they shot anyone unarmed.
It’s important to note that all this isn’t supposition or speculation. Six of the Task Force members are already testifying in open court. Another officer who was scheduled to testify was “mysteriously shot in the head with his own weapon the day before he was set to testify.”
Christopher Ervin, founder of the prisoner re-entry group The Lazarus Rite, said the Gun Trace Task Force allegations are “shocking for people who don’t live in those communities.”
However – “In the black community, this is not shocking at all… You get a chorus of, ‘We’ve been saying that.’ ”
This year, I’ve been saying one phrase a lot – “believe women.” Now, it seems, I must add another phrase to my repertoire.
Believe black people. If they say cops are planting guns and drugs on people, perhaps – just perhaps – they’re not lying.