What Does a “Bad Dude” Look Like? #TerenceCrutcher

I am constantly amazed about the police shootings that occur throughout this country–black, brown, yellow, green, orange, purple, and white. Every time, I think I have seen it all, another hashtag is created, and I am left sitting here shaking my head. My heart heavy. My soul just a bit more empty. Wondering what more can I say. Thinking how much more can I give. Saying what else can I do. Then, I stop my pity party and remember this is not about me. It’s about us, our community, and our next generations.

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Can somebody please tell me, what does a “bad dude” look like? In the video below, one of the helicopter police officer (yet to be identified) can obviously tell from way up in the clouds that Terence Crutcher is a bad dude. Really??? Get the heck out of here with the stupid ish. Was it because Mr. Crutcher was black? Was it because Mr. Crutcher was big? Was it because Mr. Crutcher was a man? Or was it the perfect trifecta, Mr. Crutcher was big, black man. If that is not some classic stereotypical profiling, I don’t know what is. I wish the bad officers out there would let me know what a bad dude is so that I can give a heads up to my brothers, my cousins, my father, my uncles, my nephews, and my godson. Better yet, let me know what a bad one, bad girl, etc. looks like so I know how to protect myself.

So now I know that I cannot:

  • Have my car stall on the road #TerenceCrutcher
  • Ask why I was pulled over #SandraBland
  • Reach for my identification #PhilandoCastile
  • Try to reach for a child in my house #AiyanaStanleyJones
  • Be the victim of a botched raid #KathrynJohnston
  • Walk to get some tea and Skittles #TrayvonMartin
  • Leave from a party #RekiaBoyd
  • Do my job #CharlesKinsey
  • Worship in church #CharlestonNine

The list can go on and on. Did all of the people look bad? No. Were they all bad? No. So somebody please tell me. What does a bad dude look like?

2 thoughts on “What Does a “Bad Dude” Look Like? #TerenceCrutcher

  1. Vivellefashion says:

    You raise very valid questions and your comments are thought provoking. It is indeed very sad that our society has come to this…a few bad apples destroying our trust for law enforcement. Something needs to be done, we all seem to echo…but what should we do? smh

    • Her Own Beat says:

      I am a big fan of a community policing because that helps build trust within that particular area. However, if we want to regain a national trust, then there needs to be legal consequences for those bad apples. When we see no legal action against George Zimmerman, Dante Servin, Joseph Weekley, or the Baltimore Bullies who killed Freddie Gray, the community loses its faith in the judicial system. We praised Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and the system revolted against her. It seems like we have to vote the wrong people out and the right ones in. Ultimately, we need to be ever present within our community.

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