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Black Cops Against Police Brutality, (B-CAP), was developed for the purpose of assuring that the rights of all citizens are not abridged by the police, especially, in urban America.

Our commitment is to ensure that people of color are afforded the rights under the constitution as those in the "privileged class."

Often the victims of police brutality are minority males, usually Black or Latino, who suffer abuses at the hands of the police--Black and White officers. Because of this, it is in the urban community where we frequently find fundamental breeches of human and civil rights.

In examining these abuses, one doesn't necessarily have to examine extreme cases like Rodney King in Los Angeles, California, which was a circus and horror show. One must simply be armed with that which is true and just then look at the not so obvious cases and issues like:

  • Durwin Panell, New York Transit Officer who was shot by co-workers;
  • Sgt. Don Jackson, a Los Angeles police officer who video taped the police pushing his head through a plate glass window;
  • East Orange, New Jersey police officer who was arrested by two white Elizabeth police officers( who claim that they saw his gun under his shirt) for obstructing the administration of the law, as he walked down the street with a friend;
  • prisoners being assaulted while handcuffed;
  • handcuffs locked too tightly or reduced bails/release on their own recognizance for white offenders, while minorities receive bails that could pay a king's ransom,
  • 3 White males in Glenridge, N.J. found guilty of raping a mentally retarded female were released on bails under $3,000.00., 1993)

We are the advocates and the buffers for the people in our community who aren't given equal treatment by law enforcement officers.

In our community, we function under martial law, because many of us are unaware of the "givens" that are afforded to citizens in other communities like: curbside chats, rides home instead of jail, counseling and no criminalization!

Human rights should be afforded to all human beings. Civil rights are suppose to be guaranteed under the constitution. However, we at B-CAP are aware of the nuances of law, and these rights are all too often granted to people with different skin color than ours.

The manifestation of the loss of these rights is usually brutality as evidenced by the Malice Green case in Detroit, Michigan,( a Black male who was killed while in the custody of four police officers were tried for the murder, Jan., 1993.).

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