Today I just need to vent.
This morning my 85 years old neighbor gave my an email from her 80 year old brother-in-law to read.
For a better understanding: The neighor and me are white and we're living in Switzerland. Her brother-in-law is black and living in LA, sunny California.
She often tells me, that she is worried about him. Her sister has spend the last few years in a nursing home because of dementia. When it's bad, she does not remember her husband at all and only speaks German and is, as harsh as it sounds, afraid of him.
Now, the brother-in law. He is fit mentally and physically, outgoing and very commited. He is still coaching a Basketball team and working as a Mediator for the Court. For the Mediator job he is going to extra lengths or I guess, I don't know how else to call it. He never takes the same route twice, he is parking in different locations when going to Court and makes detours iwhen driving home, to make sure, he is not followed. He is armed, even inside his home. He installed Video Survailance. When his dog died, my neighbor's daughter found him a new one from a nearby shelter.
His home is in a "normal" suburban area. But he does not live in the land of the free or the home of the brave...
Not when he went to a rather good restaurant with his wife and sister-in-law, to be left sitting by a table for 30 minutes without being acknowledged. When they left after that, my neighbor quite bluntly staited, that the waitress is rather shitty at her job, for not spotting new costumers in that time. Which he answered with "Oh, she saw us and intentionally ignored us."
And not when he went to a shop with his sister-in-law, to buy a gift for his wife. The clerk was ready to help the Madam in whatever way he could. He did not however, even bother to respond to the balck man.
One of the phrases the brother-in-law often uses is "it is, what it is". Something I used myself, as a rather pragmatic approach, for stuff it's not worth fretting about. That changed some with my pp expirience. "It is what it is" for inmates has a deeper truth because they are under the roof of the State and rule number 1 is, obey the rules that you are given.
But what about the so called free world and its inhabitans? "It should not be, how it is" is far more appropriate. It makes me sad, frustrated, infuriated and a dozen different emotions inbetween! How can we, as a species, be this cruel and ruthless to each others? We truely are a unique breed.
And here I'd like to share the email of that 80 year old black man, who has endured countless incidents during his life. Not even allowing him solace or a safe haven in his own home:
Subject: Incident at my home 3 weeks ago
Please read to the end.
The following is a synopsis of some of the incidents in my area and the adjacent areas over the years and recently.
The area we live in is predominatly white. The 1980 census indicated there are 3 Blacks in the area. I think the were all in my home, my mother, my son and myself. My wife is European.
We have lived in our home 42 years. When we moved in, the KKK were marching in full regalia at the park on weekends, less than a mile away.
Our neighors across the street said they have witnessed people driving by, throwing out lighted paper on multiple occasions. A Volkswagen van blew up on my side of the street, in front of my home. There used to be trash in the driveway and mailbox.
There was another mixed couple living about 3 miles away. He was a concert player for the LA Philharmonic and his wife was a school teacher. The news reports were, every time they left home, someone would break in there home and pour syrup over everything. Eventually, they moved away. Even after Mayor Bradley appealed to the culprits.
There was another black couple living 4 blocks away. Their son was in a fight at school. They painted KKK in his driveway.
The aforementioned information is a lead in to the video.
The video was taken from a Ring Camera on my property. The trespasser appears to be a policeman in a bulletproof vest. I did not know he was on my property until he started down the driveway to the street. The distance from my trash containers to the street along my driveway is approximately 300 feet.
He was on my property between 10-15 minutes. I am happy that I did not know he was there. Most of the people receiving this email are from the south and know why I am apprehensive. I have an affinity for the LAPD because we worked closely together.
The local City Council-memeber turned a copy of the video over to the LAPD. I sent multiple copies of this video to LAPD.
They arrived a week later and said "he is not LAPD". Who is he? Are they still attempting to determine who this person is?
LAPD Sergeant wrote up a trespass report. The report, to my knowledge, DID NOT indicate the trespasser appeared to be dressed as a policeman in a bulletproof vest and stayed on my property approximately 10 to 15 minutes and made NO attempt to contact the homeowner (name).
I worked with LAPD for 25 plus years, doing Vacant Property Abatement in High Crime Gang Areas. We backed each other upand trusted each other.
The following are my comments about the report:
In my opinion the most important part(s) of the trespass are NOT included in your report.
1. LAPD has a video of the trespasser.
2. The trepasser appears to be dressed as a Police Officer and wearing a bulltproof vest.
3. The trespasser appeared to be attempting to lure the owner (name) out of his home.
4. The trespasser walked around on the owner property for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, inbetween an additional 4 No Trespassing Signs.
5. The trespasser never communicated with the property owner.
Please include the aforementionedinformation in your Trespass Report for accuracy and a complete account.