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“I can’t breathe,” were forty-three year-old Eric Garner’s last words on July 17th, 2014. On the night of March 9th in 2013, sixteen-year-old Kimani Gray was shot by a police officer who fired a total of 11 rounds. On the ground, he pleaded, “Please don’t let me die.” One of the officers replied, “Stay down, or we’ll shoot you again.” He passed a short time later at Kings County Hospital Center. Sean Bell passed on November 25th, 2006. His last words were “I love you, too” in response to one of his best friends, Joseph, after four undercover cops fired a total of 50 bullets at the unarmed men. Mr. Bell was getting married. He, Joseph, and his other friend Trent were just leaving a bachelor party. “Don’t touch me,” Sandra Bland cried, “I’m …show more content…

It was the same for Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and hundreds of other lives that have been ruthlessly attacked psychologically, emotionally, and most prominently, physically, by this agency. “On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution my community and the agency I serve.” That is the oath that every police officer in the country are sworn to, upon officially receiving their badge of office. This is a contract of honor and dignity, a binding document that assures their remembrance and devotion to ethics and purpose. It is an affidavit, the document one signs under oath, swearing honesty and integrity. It is well known that intentional fabrication of a testimony can and should be considered perjury. Even unintentional inaccuracy can massively effect not only a case, but the person being charged. This felony may result in fining and up to five years in prison; penalties that may increase with the severity and obstruction by the offense. When a police officer neglects or disregards their Oath of Honor, violates their binding contract, is that not of the same crime? The use of any search engine should reveal it to be self-evident that hundreds of thousands, if not more, articles, blogs, and posts discuss subjects; such as, “Avoid

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