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If Andrew Meyer Was Bad Then a Pregnant Black Woman is Worse

Malaika Brooks

I hate being blindsided by issues. I do my best to stay on top of issues especially those affecting the black community. So when I saw the video of Andrew Meyer being tasered by the campus police for interrupting an appearance by Senator John Kerry at the University of Florida this past Monday I was quick to write a piece on the subject and threw it on the blog. Police abuse is something that should prick the ears of everyone in the black community. I was talking with family and friends about the issue of police abusing the public with instances of tasering. The fact that the police would use their torture device on a student at a public speaking engagement was sad.

But then I received an education. Yes it is true that Andrew Meyer being tasered for his unruly behavior on camera was bad. But it seems that there are a number of instances of pregnant black women being tortured by police with their taser guns.

In May of 2005, Malaika Brooks was deep in her third trimester when she was pulled over for a traffic violation by one of Seattle’s finest. When Ms. Brooks refused to sign the citation, a criminal offense in Washington State, the two police officers and their sergeant decided to taser her into compliance. Now a lot of people felt that Ms. Brooks made the choice to be difficult, to be arrested, and to put her unborn fetus at risk. People wrote that a responsible person would have signed the ticket or gotten out of the car when she was informed that she was under arrest. She chose to be belligerent.

Do none of these people have any experience with pregnant women? By the time some women are in their third trimester, the months of discomfort, lack of sleep, urinating so frequently, hormones, and the other myriad of conditions and problems associated with pregnancy can develop a festering pool of highly charged negative emotions. No offense to any mothers or mothers to be but a single pregnant woman can make facing a gang look like a suitable alternative. Some times a pregnant woman will do her best be one, if not the most, unreasonable and stubborn forces of nature. Pregnant women can be childish and demanding. It should be common sense to give them the most benefit of doubt and they should be given a great deal of latitude.

To think that a pregnant woman is being difficult is absolutely normal. They should be handled with the same finesse, kid gloves, and care bestowed upon the person who is about to commit suicide by jumping off the side of the bridge. Instead of calling their sergeant the two police officers should have called their suicide negotiator.

The perception that the police would be justified in using their tasers on a pregnant woman can only be applied to a pregnant woman that is believed to be unworthy of public compassion. And with the lack of public consideration given to the average black woman when one of them come up missing, kidnapped, injured, or murdered it is no surprise to hear people say that the police were perfectly reasonable to use the torture device. These people probably consider the black woman lucky that the officers were equipped with their tasers and didn’t have to use their batons or their firearms.

If the woman was Maryann from Sunnydale Farms, Kansas some people would have had a totally different appreciation for the situation. More people expressed more concern for the dogs tortured or killed by the football player Michael Vick and the other members of Bad Newz Kennels.

Some people see Andrew Meyer getting tasered on national television and react with anger and disgust at the campus police. The man is on the ground and arguably helpless when he is tasered in order to get him to cooperate. No doubt it worked. Being electrocuted with fifty thousand volts would force a lot of people to submit. A taser is nothing but a reformulated cattle prod with a holster. And the public allows such devices to be used on pregnant women. The idea of using this electrocution device on a pregnant woman is nothing short of barbaric brutality. If police can’t implement more discretion or take advantage of all the tools at their disposal to avoid these types of situations the public should take the steps necessary to exercise the discretion for them.

Sunday, October 7, 2007 - Posted by | African Americans, Andrew Meyer, Black Community, Black Men, Black People, Black Women, Justice, Life, Racism, Thoughts

11 Comments »

  1. Wow. I have never hard of this incident. For years we have been ehairng about these tasering incidents going on but never did I think they would do that to a pregnant woman. It saddens me because it just shows how expendable we really are ( or at least perceived to be). I remember when I was in my 3rd trimester and I was a hormotional
    (hormones + emotions) mess!! Thank goodness the baby seems fine and healthy.

    Comment by Paula | Tuesday, October 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. Yes! And we want to talk about how other countries subjugate and abuse their women.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, October 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. 7 months pregnant isn’t “deep into” the third trimester at all, she was driving her 12 yo to school so she wasn’t too impaired.We don’t need anymore women using pregnancy as an excuse to break the law and then say women are just as able as men to do “any and all’ jobs do we?

    If she was too impaired to follow instructions she shouldn’t be driving at all and should have had her baby daddy drive him to school.And as far as black women deserve respect? They don’t respect themselves enough to get married before they have children or not drink or use drugs or “dropp it while it’s hot up in da club” all night.

    Shame on this generation of Black women!Get married to a decent man, don’t settle for a Baby daddy or a prison thug get a husband worthy of you ladies!

    Comment by Carole Daughter | Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Carole Daughter,

      But we simply have a difference of opinion. A month into a third trimester sounds pretty deep to me. You might think it’s a walk in the park. I would think a number of women would disagree with you. And I don’t know where the reference to her being impaired comes from so I’ll just skip right by that as well. And I don’t think anyone made the statement that she was trying to use her pregnancy as an excuse to break the law. No one said she was in some club all night dropping whatever while it was hot. Nobody said there was any evidence of drug usage. It seems to me that you”re making a lot of baseless assumptions. Seems like you might be under the influence of your own impaired judgment. You wouldn’t be deep in your own trimester of pregnancy would you? That might be the reason you couldn’t follow the message in this post.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Reply

  4. Carol Daughter,
    You have a very limited view of Black people in general and those were a lot of prejudicial statements. Didn’t even address the issue of a pregnant woman being tased. Just “Blackness”

    Comment by Cheyenne Son | Saturday, April 10, 2010 | Reply

  5. Sometimes I feel that now we have a new kind of racism: if white pollice does something to a black person, police is always wrong.
    What were the police officers supposed to do? Just let her go? They would be fired for non complying with a law if they would do so. I am sure the “lady” was using a lot of select words, screaming and kicking. What were the alternatives: shoot her, beat her?

    Comment by Alex | Monday, May 14, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Alex,

      But few police are ever prosecuted for attacking black people, even when there’s evidence to support the fact that the police may have a racially intolerate mindset. So I don’t know where this “new kind of racism” comes from. If anything, it’s the same old racism that was founded in America against black people where police were free to abuse and trample the rights of black people. And of course the only options police have is to taser or to shoot. Nothing else can even be entertained. But it is rather funny that the police are seldom using such brutal methods against white people. Show me an article of a white, visibly pregnant woman being tasered and taken into police custody for failing to sign a ticket and I would be more willing to admit that I’m wrong. But until then, it does appear to be more racism aimed at black people.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, May 14, 2012 | Reply

  6. When I heard about this incident, and read the woman’s name, Malaika, I said to my husband, “I’ll bet she’s black.” It’s infuriating that our tax dollars support these people in uniform, who are supposed to protect and serve, but seem to abuse and dictate more often than not. Where is a petition demanding justice? We really do have a two-tiered system in this country.

    Comment by Marie | Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | Reply

  7. Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.

    Comment by asher | Monday, May 21, 2012 | Reply

    • While I agree with you that diversity perpetuates racism, the thought that one group of individuals are somehow seperate from other groups is aborred, and that collective bargaining creates opposing groups, I disagree with collectivism as being used in this example. To me I would assert that they are anti-collectivists, bordering on facists. I have been all over the world and can tell you that the only countries that actively discuss and measure racisim are countries with a majority of caucasians. Caucasians in countries in which they are a minority never complain of racism because the host country does not care about the topic. In other words if there is nothing to be gained, then racism does not matter. In Western cultures there is an inextricable link between guilt for past sins and the prevalence of anti racism attitudes.

      Comment by Ryan | Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | Reply

      • Thanks for the feedback Ryan,

        Maybe white people in countries where they are the minority don’t complain about racism because nobody goes out of their way to use race to oppress white people. In other words, there is nothing to be gained about complaining about racism because in general nobody is racially prejudiced against them. In the western cultures, the inextricable link between guilt for past sins and the prevalence of anti racism attitudes exist because few western cultures have done anything to correct the damage done by those past sins.

        Peace

        Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, May 30, 2012


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