On Wednesday I made the decision to watch the body cam video of the University of Cincinnati police officer shooting Sam DuBose. I couldn’t brush off the feeling that I needed to know what happened to him. I didn’t watch the Sandra Bland video because emotionally I wasn’t ready. Watching what transpired between the officer and Sam DuBose has left me hurt and angered. Their deaths have deeply affected me because they are no different from me. I’ve switched lanes without using a signal. I have driven my car around without a license plate. I’ve been pulled over by police and have questioned them as to why I was being stopped. Never would I think any of these interactions could end in my death. For whatever reason, something inside those officers felt like aggressive, deadly force was the only way to resolve the issue. I can’t stop thinking that if they saw Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose as human beings, they would be here with us today.
I sincerely hope this post doesn’t offend anyone but the persistent issue of police brutality is weighing heavily on me and I had to speak out.
Have a wonderful weekend