Am I the only one questioning the media’s coverage of police brutality? Yes, I know it happens but I question the so-called rise in police brutality specifically against black women. In July, six black women have died in police custody. While tragic, I’m sure there weren’t only six. I’m also quite sure that black women were not the only ones to die in police custody. Even for those that have died, we cannot say with certainty that the police killed them or that they did not kill themselves. For example, my opinion is shifting dramatically on the Sandra Bland case. I went from thinking the police murdered her to believing she committed suicide. Make no mistake, I feel that the Waller County Sheriff’s office should have done a better job keeping an eye on her. I also believe that had the egomaniac officer Encinia did his job correctly, Sandra would not have killed herself.
But I can’t escape the obvious media sensationalism that’s going on here. Blacks killed by whites, especially by white police officers sells papers, brings internet traffic, and creates more discussion than blacks killed by blacks or dare I say, whites killed by blacks. I’m not implying that we should ignore police brutality against black women. However, I would urge you NOT to trust the media. They make money off of our fears.