(TFTP) – Retired Air Power Colonel, fight pilot, and veteran Michael Bell Sr. understands why Colin Kaepernick would take a knee throughout the Nationwide Anthem. He ought to. His son, Michael Bell Sr., was killed by his hometown police, the Kenosha Wisconsin Police Division (KPD).
As TFTP beforehand reported, Bell grew to become an activist for police use of pressure reform after his son was killed—shot within the head execution-style, when a KPD officer shouted his gun had been taken throughout a violent police encounter with Bell Jr. within the 21-year-old’s driveway. The killing occurred in 2004 however Bell continues to be combating for justice, reform, in addition to consciousness.
On Sunday, Bell Sr. traveled to Soldier Discipline in Chicago to protest on the sidelines of the Chicago Bears soccer discipline. After spending a while pacing the traces forwards and backwards, Bell took off his jacket to disclose his Chicago Bears jersey. The #1 was on the again, together with an image of Bell’s son, Michael Bell Jr., who the daddy says was murdered by KPD.
The jersey reads: “Michael Bell Jr., Killed by Kenosha Police, No Police Cowl Ups.”
After the sport, the Free Thought Venture spoke to Bell and requested him why he did it and what his motivations are for such a high-profile protest. He mentioned, with respect to when police kill unarmed harmless individuals, a shotgun investigation, and the pronouncement police had been responsible of no wrongdoing:
I believe the present course of is a shame. When you may have a cover-up like in my son’s dying and within the McDonald case, the neighborhood and the household of the deceased are feeling fairly darn dangerous about his factor.
Bell referenced the shooting death of Laquan McDonald for which a number of officers are actually on trial for homicide. We requested Bell Sr. what he was praying when he took a knee on the sidelines. He revealed to us:
I used to be praying for my son and considering of my son and I used to be praying that we as a society would discover our manner via this (phenomenon of police shootings).
When requested why he determined to protest police executions whereas on the identical time taking a knee on and NFL sideline. He advised us:
I took a knee as a second of silent REMEMBRANCE For my son. I do know the investigation was completed and coated up after a 3 day investigation. They blamed my son Michael for his personal dying and the Cowl-up continues to this present day.
Michael Bell Jr.’s toxicology report, his arrest report, and the blame for his personal dying was positioned squarely upon the younger man. It’s known as “blaming the sufferer” in police accountability circles and referred to as “Good PR” to cop apologists. TFTP requested Bell what he wished TFTP readers to know:
I would like you to know that Colin Kaepernick took a knee for our flag and I stand for our flag. I went out and fought for his rights to precise his freedom of speech as he must. I believe Kaepernick has began some essential dialog on the necessity for police and neighborhood relations.
When requested if he’d like to fulfill Kaepernick and what the 2 would possibly focus on, the retired Air Power Colonel acknowledged:
If I had an opportunity to fulfill him I personally assume our dialogue can be in regards to the bravery it took for he and I to do what we’ve completed…for the billboards…for he and I standing up and the place we’d share a standard bond.
To those that would say Kaepernick didn’t sacrifice something, Bell Sr. replied, “He might have stored his mouth shut and continued to be a quarterback within the NFL and but he stood up for one thing far higher than being a quarterback.”
Bell Sr has some recommendation for the fathers on the market to take pleasure in each second you may have along with your kids since you by no means know when the day will come when dying might separate family members.
“My son and I we bonded over soccer,” Bell mentioned, including one by no means is aware of the final time two individuals will ever get to see a recreation collectively.
Now Bell has a brand new workforce, a workforce of activists he says will cease at nothing to get to the reality. “My workforce assist three issues: neighborhood, police, and most significantly the reality,” Bell concluded, including the repeated cover-ups and denials for official inquests are merely hiding the reality Bell nonetheless desires to know. How can the police division assassinate an unarmed younger man and nobody be held accountable for taking a son away from his father?
Michael Bell Jr., 21, was killed in 2004. The investigation into the officer-involved capturing lasted simply 48 hours. All officers concerned had been subsequently awarded commendations which incensed Bell Sr..
Bell grew to become an activist, buying billboards all through the State of Wisconsin, ultimately getting the eye of the Wisconsin State Authorities who then passed the first law of its type. It required outdoors companies to take the lead within the investigation at any time when an officer-involved capturing happens.
Bell says he would nonetheless wish to see a correct investigation accomplished. Up to now, such an investigation has been disallowed by the police, the Kenosha metropolis council, and the State Bureau of Investigations. Such an investigation might probably result in the arrest and trial of the person who shot and killed his son, Kenosha PD officer Alberto Gonzalez.