In Brief— This is a fantasy arising out of the police killing of an unarmed teenager and the subsequent retaliatory wounding of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Based on events that have happened and could happen in the future, this fantasy has all the elements of the complex world in which we live today.
Inspired by the August 2014 police killing of an unarmed black teenager, the belated apology of the city’s Chief of Police and the recent retaliatory wounding of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, this fantasy posits a scenario of what might happen in the not too distant future. We should hope that this remains a fantasy because the possible repercussions are frightening. And the fantasy begins…
A Declaration of Freedom
If in the course of events a group is deprived of the right to life and liberty granted under the United States Constitution, that group has the right and duty to respond with force to assure that our right to freedom is fully realized.
“You have been gathered together here tonight to take part in Phase 1 of the project launched last year after the murder of Brother Michael Brown by a racist white cop in Ferguson. We bear the guilt of warring between the gangs of both black and brown members and have even killed ourselves thereby benefitting our oppressors. That is over and we are now united against those who have deprived us of our lives and liberty. We have already voted out some of the oppressors, so now it’s time to remove the worst among them: the cops who shoot us and beat us without any reason and get away with it; who ignore our rights and make sure we don’t get uppity. [Murmurs of agreement in the audience.]
“As you know if you have read the document headed by the Declaration of Freedom you can see on the wall behind me, cells have been established in twenty large cities, operatives have been trained under the guidance of seasoned veterans of the military, and we have established not only procedures but a timetable for action. The time for action has arrived! [Cheers.] Though you are fully aware of the contents of the attached Manual, I will go over it one last time so it is fixed in your brains. But make no mistake, this is a dangerous undertaking we are about to engage in.
“Part 1 outlines the procedures we will follow. All the cells will be coordinated so we start at the same time. We don’t want to give the oppressors in the next time zone a chance to be prepared. The fuzz will be lured into investigating what they believe is a protest, and the snipers will already be in place. Although, thanks to the military equipping local cops with armored vehicles and protective body gear, remember that heads, arms and legs are exposed and make good targets.
“As the military has learned, a wounding is almost better than a kill because several men are required to take care of one wounded guy. All the body armor in the world won’t help against a good sniper, so I hope you are practicing. The problem for us will be that this may only work once or twice; thereafter, they’ll be on the lookout for snipers.
“That brings me to Transportation. Some operatives will be assigned to vehicles to get the shooters the hell out of there before the fuzz can react and send in reinforcements who will try to capture the shooters.
“Then there’s the Lookouts who will give warnings of any efforts by the fuzz to sneak up on us from behind.
“Communications will see that we have contact with each other at all times. Computers, smartphones and pads will have only enough information to accomplish the assigned task but not enough to lead to the next guy. Check those batteries ahead of time.
“They will use drones so be aware that if shotguns can bring down ducks, they can also bring down drones.
“Alongside our own guns, our white brothers will make the National Rifle Association sorry they ever encouraged white folks to get a gun so they can shoot us for even walking through their neighborhood with a bag of Skittles [grim laughter]. White brothers have provided us with all the guns we can use.” [And the lecture continues…]