Terrorized, Traumatized and Killed: The Police State’s Deadly Toll on America’s Children

Durham, Alabama, city council unanimously voted to ban training and exchanges between Durham's police department and the Israeli military on April 16, 2018. PHOTO: Al Jazeera/File/Jason Miczek/Reuters

Mommy, am I gonna die?” — 4-year-old Ava Ellis after being inadvertently shot in the leg by a police officer who was aiming for the girl’s boxer-terrier dog, Patches

“‘Am I going to get shot again.’” — 2-year-old survivor of a police shooting that left his three siblings, ages 1, 4 and 5, with a bullet in the brain, a fractured skull and gun wounds to the face

By John W. Whitehead | 15 October 2019

THE RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE — Children learn what they live.

As family counselor Dorothy Law Nolte wisely observed, “If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.”

And if children live with terror, trauma and violence — forced to watch helplessly as their loved ones are executed by police officers who shoot first and ask questions later — will they in turn learn to terrorize, traumatize and inflict violence on the world around them?

I’m not willing to risk it. Are you?

It’s difficult enough raising a child in a world ravaged by war, disease, poverty and hate, but when you add the toxic stress of the police state into the mix, it becomes near impossible to protect children from the growing unease that some of the monsters of our age come dressed in government uniforms. […]

1 Comment on Terrorized, Traumatized and Killed: The Police State’s Deadly Toll on America’s Children

  1. Parents and teachers are finally catching on to the fake school shootings. During our local elections, the Sheriff was running for re-election. He talked about sending some police officers to active shooter drill training. After his talk I approached him and stressed the drills were what was scaring the kids. I let him know that the schools were locked and not even I, as a parent, could just walk in. I stressed that to stop the shootings, just don’t let the people with guns in (that is, the police).
    Not only are the incidents harmful to the children, IMO, authorities have used the shootings to arrest young boys. On the evening after the Parkland event (Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2018), seven in our area were picked up by the County Sheriff’s office. Why? Not sure, but possibilities are to fill juvenile facilities, increase business for mental health clinics, push some into Alternate school, etc.
    NOTE: Juvenile Court has “star chamber justice”, for the well-being of the kids, no doubt. [Does anyone remember “Cash for Kids”?]

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