King Asuar

Biases in policing:

I believe there is a feeling of superiority being taught. If you have a badge, if you have a fire arm, you have the authority to do whatever you feel you are grown enough to do. And you’ll go ahead and do it because of the support you have behind you, if the police feel like they deserve respect. You’ve got to give it to get it. Coming into the community and maybe living in the community. It’s a different thing when maybe you’re children are going to school with the children in the community. You’re going to look at them a little different.

On the Ferguson uprising:

I think with Mike Brown it was the callousness of it. The nonchalant attitude. One of the things that really stands out is the amount of time they left a lifeless body laying in the street. And that was for the entire community to see. I believe that had some sort of relevance. “This is what will happen to you if you don’t comply and if you don’t do what I’m saying. This is what will happen and we want everyone to see. Now I couldn’t necessarily string you up in a tree like we used to do. If you challenge my authority this is what will happen to you.”

On black political changes:

St. Louis is one of those towns to me that was caught up in a time warp. If you lived here in 1980 and you left and you were gone for twenty years, when you come back, everything is exactly in place just the way you left it. It is the mindset. Is it going to change? I don’t think so. It’s too deeply embedded. Which is sad to say. The black population here, there is a percentage, a rather large percentage that are awakening. They are becoming conscious. They are making moves and doing things to become self sustained. Completely getting off the grid. Solar power. Our own grocery store, our own banks, our own gas stations, our own schools, our own libraries. Not to say we hate, we dislike, we detest others, but what we are saying is we love us.

Ferguson is…a trail blazer.