JUDICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY THE NEW ORANGE

idea time - Copy (3)America is in crisis. Our battle is surreal sounding more and more like those of third world countries where more than a quarter of our people still have nothing to live on. Approximately, 20.9 million men, women and children are trafficked for commercial sex or forced labor around the world today 14.2 million are victims of forced labor → 4.5 million are sexually exploited 5.5 million of these are children→ creating $150.2 billion in lucrative illegal criminal profits. Almost one out of every five persons, out of the 1.2 billion men, women and children live way below the line of poverty and are surviving on the equivalent of less, than a dollar a day. Half the people in the world are trying or just manage to survive below the poverty level of two dollars a day. Around 824 million people go hungry or have a very scarce food supply, another 500 million of them suffer serious malnutrition. With facts like these only the tip of the iceberg, if I were to continue mentioning each, including America with the culture of inequality, people are typically segregated by income and often race. Many jobs are low paid and hard to find. This can also lead to crime as a way of obtaining income for some affected. Single parent families play a significant role in developing a cultural model of children being raised without a fathers support. The lack of income, withinin the poor creates many other problems. Inadequate housing, lack of food, health problems, and inability to address needs of our children. As a result of many impoverished situations, some people living in poverty can themselves have patterns of behavior, such as alcoholism, drug addictions and lifestyles of crime. According to the current United States Census Bureau report, one in five millennials live in poverty. http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-219.html

When criminals know their rights better than their wrongs, “The police are not here to create disorder, they’re here to preserve disorder.” With so many people in great need it is necessary for us to reunite the divide between people, law enforcement and our communities. We want our communities safe and free from criminals, crime, violence and evil. If we want criminals off our streets we must support liberties and justice for all. We must balance support of our good police officers, people, salt of the earth, and punish those who are heartless fascist evildoers that abuse their power of authority. I agree with christian New Orleans Saints player Benjamin Watson’s viral comment, who said sin, not skin is the problem. Creed, color, ethnicity, genus, nature, order, sort, species, kind, stripe or race makes no difference. There is good and bad inside of every classification. Whether you are stripped, polka dot, purple or orange I lean more toward the belief that most people are good people. I love people who love people, people who love people who help people, people who help people that love people. People helping people. “We are only as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided”. I look to the future with anticipation.

There is no comfort for our nation and people until we can unite our hearts. Sometimes the thing that pulls us apart also brings us together and sometimes the only way around it is to let love do it’s work. Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. We are each unique in our oneness, yet, in our distinctiveness, we all bleed red. The key to the door is to look at these differences. We must learn to respect these differences, learn from and about these differences, and grow in and with these differences. We are on a journey to see that in all of our differences, what that is that makes us beautiful as a human race. High level discussions must begin now to bring safety, hope and peace for all. Our stories may be singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. A paradigm shift happens when cutting edge solutions are introduced that will radically alter the process of our good as the human race, one that creates a substantial paradigm shift not only in the judicial system, but in many other areas as well. A major change in how our legal process is accomplished. “We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colors and all cultures are distinct and individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. I will not blind myself and say that my black brother is not different from me. I will not blind myself and say that my brown sister is not different from me. But my black brother is he as much as I am me, and my brown sister is she as much as I am me.” C. JoyBell

More often than not, the ability to work has become a struggle. It is difficult to find care for my special needs child. After a child turns the magical age of twelve, daycares understandably because of liability issues, don’t or can’t take older children, even when their minds are younger more often than their chronological age. This renders me unable to work so much of the time as I’m certain many other parent’s are challenging these same battles.. In addition it becomes more compounded with my erratic hours and crazy schedules. I wonder how many other single parents are out there have the same struggles? I dream of the perfect live-in Nanny.. often. We are forced to live only a paycheck away from homelessness, and sadly we’ve been there too, but that’s another story. Poverty is our reality while the struggle to keep the lights on continues. Somehow I strangely make a connection to this same unconditional love I learned only a special needs parent can know. I’ve learned to battle demons of silenced unjustices for my child and others, because they they can’t. I embrace this same love for our people across the globe who also have a silenced special needs that also must be handled with unconditional love and care.

I grew up in a childhood of dysfunction, this was compounded with overcoming victimization of human trafficking, then becoming parent to a special needs child. This forced me to open the eyes of my heart and gave opportunity for me to connect most unusual dots. When I was fostering and caring for broken children in our social service system, many came to me already on probation entangling both broken foster and judicial systems. Through my eyes I compare the similarities of brokenness in each. The vision comes with great clarity and insight. I loathed when the judicial system mandated that the children be revictimized by court ordered visitations with the very same perpetrators, and reunification was always the number one goal no matter how horrific and/or disgusting the situation. I never understood how reuniting a raped, molested and/or abused child, and returning them to the same repulsive low life people and situation, the same people that I had been secured to keep them safe from. How could that benefit any child? Some people who were so evil they had taken the very soul from the shell of what was left of the broken child. Silenced, I had no say.

I will always remember all of my foster children, but especially my first placement. It was a sibling group of four small black children ages six, four, two and nine months old. The four year old, who I will call Lillybelle for illustrative purposes, because for some reason the name seems to capture her innocense and sweet but curious personality. She walked straight through my living room door, through to the dining room, then politely and unexpectedly climbed up onto the dining room chair, stood up in it, and began to swing the chandelier. My thoughts at that moment were racing thinking OMG!.. I have four of them, can I do this? Yet, I also fell in love instantly. So, that meant there was myself, a white woman, my fair-skinned biological red-headed small, special needs child, and four little black children. My teaching and theirs, began with my own child who never saw color. If we would all listen, we could each learn so much. Special children are exactly that! I truly understood the meaning of why she is so special. Through her eyes, all children were immediately and unconditionally welcomed with love and open arms as her brothers and sisters, and they understood through her that it is ok to be different, period. I offered my children a cushion after being hurled into the social system and tried to protect them as I do my own child. I wanted them to feel safe, loved and happiness to the fullest extent possible while they were in my care. Magically, I honestly know my special needs child was more therapeutic for them, then any therapy was, and provided them with more unconditional love then they had ever know.

I loved all of these children as my own the minute they walked through my front door. And from the moment they walked through my front door they each called me mama. They were so neglected and filthy dirty, I proceeded straight to the bath and bathed them. Their hair was so dirty and matted from neglect I washed and rinsed them three times each until the water rinsed clear. I suddenly realized that there are differences in our hair care and didn’t know how to properly care for the hair needs of my children. Understanding cultural differences, I had never experienced the hygiene care that must be exerted to properly care for a black childs hair before. I called in some of my black friends for advice and support and decided I must pay pricey fees to help have their hair braided and properly cared for. As a white woman my hygiene was always to wash the grease out of our hair to maintain health and proper care and suddenly I discovered I must do the opposite. I must add grease back to my childrens hair to maintain health and proper care. I learned to respect these differences. I learned from and about these differences, and grew in and with these differences. I have nothing but high regard for the black mothers who care for their children’s hair because in itself is very hard work. As end result, I ended up paying a black friend a very pricey fee weekly, just to help me care for their hair. With more and more discoveries of horrific neglect and abuse I was so grateful that God had sent these children to me.

The first Saturday morning as I was cooking breakfast, thinking nothing special of it, Lillybelle walks halfway down the staircase peeking over the railing and yells “Mama! What’s that I smell?” She curiously came the rest of the way down the stairs and into the kitchen where I was cooking. She was looking at me with wonder in her eyes. I replied, “That’s bacon Lillybelle”, and asked, “Have you ever eaten bacon before?” When she answered no, I realized at that moment the simple things in life most take for granted, some may never have and I was grateful. Later the following week on the way to daycare with all the kids buckled in the back, Lillybelle blurts out “Mama, Yaya ate dookie before” referring to her sister. I was trying to keep my composure as I said no she didn’t.” Immediately I realized she was serious when she turned to her sister and said yes you did didn’t you Yaya?” I could see she had turned to her six year old sister as she repeated her question. The six year old dropped her head in shame when I spoke up and asked her, did you really do that? When she said yes my immediate response was why did you do that? Her answer still chills me to this day, and will haunt me forever…, “because I was hungry”. I discovered through time and trust, she had been the care taker and little mama to her siblings after being left to their own devices with no food for days. Only God knows how long she was left alone to care for the youger babies at only six years old. It made my heart bleed as more and more revelations of abuse and neglect poured from these children.

The truth is I was discriminated, chastized and scrutinized against by many people while I was caring for these children. Society, both black and white. I soon discovered a white neighbor had hung a confederate flag on his house purposefully to make a statement. Every trip to the grocery store, black women cursed me for stealing their men!? Really?? The truth here is I have never dated outside of my race, but society is so racist and judgemental. Don’t judge me till you walk a mile in my shoes or live a day in my life. Don’t judge people until you’ve worn that person’s skin and walked around in it for a while. Keep walking tall tell yourself “Haters gonna Hate”. I dare you to walk a mile in my shoes The glares and looks of disgust said it all. The ultimate price came later when my mother was on her death bed. I am ashamed certain members of my own family were so rude, racist and cruel to me and my children during that painful time of loss. Not only because I was caring for a black child with special needs, but also because I had my own special needs child with me when I went to be by my mothers side as she lay dying in the hospital. These are the same ones who treat me as though after being victim of human trafficking at the tender age of fifteen years old had somehow been my fault. The attrition speaks again to the treatment. My child had as much right to be there as anyone because that was her grandmother too. No one knew the conversation I had with my mother before I ever began fostering children.

I decided to ask my mother if she would accept any child of any race even if they wanted to call her Grandma. My decision to ask only determined whether or not I would take my children for visits. I had been raised with prejudices, but with convincing I was thankful she gave me her blessing. After experiencing my own child coming home from school crying when others made fun of her because she had special needs, mean calling her stupid and making fun of her, my heart and eyes were open enough to see. I told her that if God had wanted us each to be the same we would all have Mosaic Trisomy Thirteen (her genetic diagnosis). After learning about different cultures, beliefs and differences my own child taught me to open the eyes of my heart and embrace that it’s ok to be different. Speaking of inequities, let me tell you about the special needs world. It is a whole other realm of inequities and injustices. A whole other story in itself. I am thankful she gave me her blessing. “Love is the most durable power in the world” MLK ..

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”. My heart and prayers go out to all of the families in the wake after unarmed Eric Garner, the father of five children on July 17, 2014, who in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, after officers moved to restrain Garner, as he repeated, “I can’t breathe” eleven times while lying facedown on the sidewalk and died after being choked to death by a white police officer, the death of unarmed Michael Brown in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot to death by a white police officer as he played with a toy gun in a park. The list goes on. For all who have lost their lives, you will not go unnoticed. As I hold the hands of those who lost their beloved, let us “plant a much nobler flower upon the graves we dig. This includes the graves of our fallen police officers the same. If we consider that there are “more than 750,000 police officers in the United States and that these officers have tens of millions of interactions with citizens each year, it is clear that police shootings are extremely rare events and that few officers–less than one-half of 1 percent each year–ever shoot anyone.” When you have police officers who abuse their power, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. That makes the job of good police officers unsafe.

It has become fatal to overlook citizens rights as our nations foundation is shaken. We cannot walk alone. Let us rise from this darkness and know there is only one race. The human race. We are all God’s children. In this hallow place we are reminded of the fierce urgency of how now is the time to make justice real. We must rise to lift our nation to a solid brotherhood and make real the security of justice for all. This situation can and will be changed. From Cleveland to Chicago, from LA to San Francisco, Ferguson is on fire while New York stands still, blood is shed, and lives are lost. Disparity that infects the criminal justice system demands our attention as a united movement today. “Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them. It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It has no place in our national discourse, and no place in our nation’s police departments.”

It is imperative we begin with our children and raise awareness for safety and protection by teaching them the importance of respecting laws and authority, hand in hand with emotional intelligence by implementing a school awareness program similar to the DARE program for heightened awareness and healing. Teach children there are serious repercussions if you put your hands on a police officer. “Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.” My quest is to raise awareness to children and the general public. Always do exactly as asked to do in order to stay safe. If an officer feels threatened he can and will protect himself. I believe most people no matter who, are good people and want to do the right thing, The urgency across the nation for all people who’s cries that go unheard, no matter what creed or color, when unjustices, much like war, make no sense in this day where generations of unborn need peace as a necessary rational end to our problems that are man made, and are unseemingly unsolvable. There can be peaceful resolve with rationality and reason. Chaos ensues as our nation becomes a nation of people against our judicial system. Let us examine the systematically unequal treatment of all, to create the necessary system and method of screenings beginning with initial intake and hire of compatible people then resouce needed trainings and reviews for those who qualify, then severely punish, with emphasis on those who abuse their authority and power.

With that said let us move toward a more professional development in treatment of people including more involvement of public relations, by educating through instructional material, and implementing awareness programs to children and the public through schools and literature designed to express the importance of respect, mindfulness and support that aligns with officers need of additional resources for supplemental educational training services focused on instructional material that ties in with standards on developing coherant; instructional programs that teach higher escalation/deescalation practices in varied stages including methods that inflame potentially conflictive situations. Derive new ways to resolve conflict peacefully by throughly studying the conflict staircase path from benign to the most intense confrontations for success focus of reform in the complexity of the needs and justices. People and police need more opportunities for interaction and to implement clear policies geared at deescalation.

I developed the LapTop District Headquarters to help Law enforcement become more indept, competant and connected in social media for better communications with people and protesters, as well as watchfulness over predators and terrorist online. It is a major step that harnesses the first steps toward globalization pioneering the taming of the wild, wild west of the world wide web. It is a wealth of internet reporting and communication waiting to become implemented and executed to the fullest extent. In addition we need further review and developement of the system wide use of force response option framework. With each act of police unjustices plaguing our justice system these injustices permeate every level of law enforcement from police on the street, to top level in our courts. As messenger progressive change can and must begin now. There is no shadow of justice or protection to be had unless the liberties of all are protected.

Racial tensions that affect both innocent and guilty citizens, have brought us to this hallow place as media inundates us coast to coast with reports of looting, violence, blood shed and death. I pray that our Father in Christ raises this voice to become a beacon in these darkest of times. I believe no one is speaking out of fear. Fear of being mauled by racist, bigots, and ignorance. Fear that once that bell has been rung, it cannot be unrung. I speak truth with an iron, fierce voice and as an innovative, creative, disruptive leader raising awareness and creating solutions leading to lasting community change. Let my voice ring across the nation and throughout our lands. The fury of urgency is critical. Global unity, dignity, protection, and equality of human beings for a better world is my quest. Let us unite as human beings and gather in peace to create, vote and elect formal declarations, and appointments of an Authority Board for policing and governing our own judicial system, creating a separate superior entity under The Fourteenth Amendment guided with the same equal protections and laws, with amendments by vote as needed that are similiar to the United Nation and applying it to our own people hired and elected over all judicial officials as the ultimate power over authority. We are left with fear uncertainty and mistrust when the rule of law breaks down.

This diminishes the confidence and good will we need as the people for peace, stability and a flourishing society. Many have fallen victims of unimaginable atrocities that shock the core of humanity. We must recognize that such grave crimes threaten our peace, security and the well being of our world. We also must acknowlege and affirm that these horrific perpetrators must never go unpunished, while holding hands at a national level. Let us vow to make giant steps to end these impunities. This must become a priority government agenda to heal our relationships and trust between law enforcement and all good people. We are identifying major areas of needed improvement. The injustices of Ferguson is only one aspect of a much larger issue of the critical and important need for the rule of law, and the dangers that are created with the misuse of power and authority. We are left with fear uncertainty and mistrust when the rule of law breaks down. This diminishes the confidence and good will we need as the people for peace, stability and a flourishing society. Many have fallen victims of unimaginable atrocities that shock the core of humanity. We must recognize that such grave crimes threaten our peace, security and the well being of our world. We also must acknowlege and affirm that these horrific perpetrators must never go unpunished, while holding hands at a national level. Let us vow to make giant steps to end these impunities This must become a priority government agenda to heal our relationships and trust between law enforcement and all good people. We are identifying major areas of needed improvement.

We must stop the growing racial divide in America. As it stands now, one of our greatest judicial accountability problems is that we cannot leave the decisions of judicial accountability to the local District Attorney’s or to any local officials who work hand in hand with law enforcement to decide who goes to trial and who does not in their own jurisdictions, like the Powers at be are dominating, so should this created Authority Board for ruling judicial accountability, over our judicial system by the citizens hiring, electing, and appointing or by all of the above, and making those who are chosen as authorities of power, for fair non partisan judicial accountability with no lax or biased punishments that can or will be given because of connections or corruption. Qualify those chosen initially, from the very beginning. Whether local police, or tyrants abroad, that terrorizes everyday, there are daily news reports nationally and globally of issues of power abuse. Those in power must be held accountable and their misdeeds must stop going unnoticed because they wear a badge. When we allow this to continue we diminish the importance of equality for all people, before the law. Let us be reminded and mindful of the inherant dignity, and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of our human family is the foundation. We can all agree that attitudes throughout society are rippling choices of hatred and malice and systemic injustices are very destructive wrecking havoc and eroding norms of respect, equality and fairness that is fundamental to our legal system. Our system is broken and when the system is broken so are we the people. Shame on us all. We are all responsible for making it better I speak truth with passion and lucidity about the injustices and harm inflicted on our nation. Results have proven there is a very serious problem. Our results must create a permanent solution. We must create an accountability system that includes insightful and higher standards of what is needed to improve law enforcements standard of treatment that is also recommended by Professor Gary Orfeild of The National Education
Association/Harvard Civil Rights Project.

It should not be a war of the people against law enforcement, or the judicial system against the people. We should be united as the people against crime, violence, evil and wrong. There is considerable research that indicates individuals and groups escalate committment to a course of action in order to justify their original decision right or wrong. To acheive more than ever previously, it must begin with the paradigm shift with compliance and audits keeping check across the legal board. We need to collectively assess individuals and department experience using supplementary and alternative approaches to addressing social performances and challenges inspired by guiding principles on diffusing difficult behavior. In dual effort we also need to turn to look at our largely mediated environmental ruled by government mediated monopolies and commercial media oligopolies that construct our images of the world. In our present globalized and globalizing world we need to unite for impact that supports systemic change to deliver the sustainable developmental goals for social responsibility. What new guiding principles add to the equation to stipulate, inform and promote better and more effective ways of generating more sustainable results. (Bobocel and Meyer, 1994; Bragger,2003;Brockner, 1992;Conlon& Garland, 1993; Fai, Wong,Yik, & Kwong, 2006; Garland &Newport,1991; Heath, 1995; Hi & mittal, 2007; Keil, 1995;

In my research, I have discovered several theories have been proposed to explain the escalation of commitment phenomenon – self has received much attention justification theory, etc… Given that decision makers (police officers) do not have all of the information or know all of the alternatives they need to be able to make good decisions and therefore are subject to bounded rationality. It isn’t that sources of error in decision making exist according to the Management, Business & Administration Volume 13, Number 1, 2010. One of the major sources of error in decision making is escalation of committment –“The continuing tendency to follow a failing course of action. We need to explore how to enhance deescalation and physical intervention training for law enforcement to become effective in reducing incidents and incident severity while considering cost and impact. The level of force applied must be justifiable, approproate, reasonable and proportionate to the situation and should be applied with usage of confidence toward conducting procedures in restraint skills management of violent behavior or safely and professionally in effort to decrease and eliminate the seriousness and number of incidences and occurances.

We need a restructuring around techniques of restraint moving more toward deescalation, and prevention as a main focus. Despite injustices restraint still continues to be widely used. Emphasis must become focused on deescalation and prevention. With the raised concerns of racial treatment within the law enforcement judicial system. Very similiar to ongoing trainings I received as a therapeutic care giver. Most important highlighting the importance to protect the airway during ANY physical interventions as discussed in the Mental Health System and concerns raised within the National Health Service of the potential of racial bias questioning and use of restraint proportionate to the degree of effectiveness and ability to evaluate whether the effectiveness of physical restraints is necessary as opposed to deescalation techniques effectiveness. I believe there is a fine line between administering justice, using mental health strategies and techniques though, walking a fine line between both aspects, and it isn’t always easy. It is a given that decision makers often do not access the right way at the right time when making split hair decisions. Most percieve themselves a rational decision maker. This means that law enforcement officials must be provided the tools essential for having the perfect information. They must know all of the alternatives, determine every consequence, and establish a preference scale. Although our cultures and beliefs vary, I believe we all have one human element in common. That common thread is love. I continue my choice in thinking most people are good people, and we want what is best for our children, families, friends, societies, communities. countries, nations, and the greater good of our world, to live in peace and harmony with each other. Love is the answer. Peace and love. Together, Let’s Rock This World!

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Teri Broadstreet

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