When you talk on the phone with a call center employee, you usually get a message saying that the call may be recorded for quality assurance purposes. If we need to record someone telling you to turn it off and turn it back on again, then we sure as shit need to record someone with a shaved head wearing combat boots and a bullet proof vest driving around in a souped up car with multiple guns. For fuck sake.
But we don’t want to make them afraid! We might force them to beat us, or even shoot us!
If you can’t do your job because you’re afraid you’ll screw up, you need to find another job.
FBI Director: viral videos make cops afraid to do their jobs
Well, if they aren’t doing anything wrong, they have nothing to worry about.
So true. Don’t they want proof that they’re not one of the ‘bad’ ones?
There were plenty of cops not doing their jobs prior to the advent of viral videos. We just didn’t all know about it yet.
FBI Director: viral videos make cops afraid to do their jobs.
American Public: violent cops make us afraid to walk the streets.
Since some cops have misinterpreted what their job actually is, it would be nice if they were too scared to beat the shit out of restrained suspects.
Aside from the whole ‘mouthing off without anything resembling evidence’ problem; is our dear fed actual arguing that ‘violent confrontations with the public’ are the means by which police forces bring down the crime rate>
Let’s turn a common surveillance phrase around to see how it sounds when it’s applied to authority:
“If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear”
“He ought to stick to what he knows,”
That seems like an admission that the Police force in the USA has had a steady decline in IQ for many decades. To me anyways…
“secret reports” no statistics. But, hey, he’s the FBI Director so of course we can trust him, right?
And how is this supposed to be a bad thing?
Given that the job of policing too often includes killing or beating innocent people, or excessive force against apparently guilty people, then we want them to be afraid to do their jobs.
We need a camera on Comey, too.
Two question essay test for James Comey.
- Explain in your own words what you think the job of the police is.
- The police are clearly out of control, using brutal violence in severe disproportion to the severity of the “threat” they face. Explain how you suggest holding then accountable without video and include how your method will combat the clear racial disparity in how they use violence today.
Once again, correlation does not equal causation. It’s also been a shitty economy with multiple other stressors - race and gender relations amongst them. But economic strife - the lack of jobs that pay a sustainable wage, mounting debts, etc - that definitely leads to a higher crime rate.
More police youtube videos -> Greater instance of violent crime?
Economic strife and sense of helplessness/desperation -> Greater instance of violent crime?
The first of these places the ‘blame’ on the people. The second places the blame on the system. When thou art the system, it is best to place the blame on the people.
Bonus Question for To Keep Your Job: Explain why the people of the United States should keep paying your salary in 50 words or less.