Yup. Time to sack the Watch, and start up a Thieves’ Guild. At least thieves rat on each other.
Seriously, when the police become so corrupt that the people they’re notionally supposed to protect are terrified of them, people turn to alternatives for their own safety and security. And they’re right to do it. Don’t reward the government breaking our trust all the time. That’s just crazy.
Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper on KPFA today:
I think what’s at the bottom for me is a recognition that what we’re doing not only does not work but is causing great damage to the community-police relationship, and that we’ve been doing it for decades if not centuries. And as long as we persist in this sort of delusional notion that we can tweak the system or tinker with the system and bring about the reforms necessary, those reforms will remain elusive. So my position, Dennis, is that policing needs to be radically reformed.
"I’m trying to tell white people: They’re coming for you, too, bro.”
Exactly. Uniformed thugs always target the most vulnerable first, but they never stop there. The only way to turn this national nightmare around is criminal prosecution of cops for wrongful police shootings, but instead we keep electing DA’s who won’t prosecute and justice officials who protect predatory cops.
"Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter are often painted as if they are fighting similar battles. Their roots are far from the same: One erupted after decades of institutional racism faced by Black people and the other, a backlash to that eruption, is fueled by reactionary politics.
The rhetoric surrounding the latter, however, has entered into at least 37 states where lawmakers have introduced bills seeking to increase penalties for offenses against law enforcement, according to a Rewire analysis."
Agreed. If I knew in 6th grade that you don’t so much as aim a weapon until you are sure of your target and backstop, a policeman sure as shit should be able to manage that. If any of us were that reckless with a firearm, we’d be charged as criminals. If you suspect someone on the other side of a door has a gun, friggin’ dive for cover, make them come outside to get a shot at you. Don’t just blindly shoot at an unknown target.
I don’t understand how cops manage to keep their jobs after improperly handling firearms at all. If I managed to drive recklessly as a pizza delivery guy and ran over someone’s dog, I’d be out on my ass in no time.
If my dad, as a union electrician, electrocuted someone because he didn’t know how to use circuit breakers and grounding, then he’d have been fired and the union wouldn’t support him either.
Hold the cops to basic protocols. When they violate the rules, they shouldn’t get paid vacation. And when they kill someone this way, they need to go to prison. And no, “a cop would be in terrible danger in prison” isn’t a valid excuse not to put them there. EVERYONE is in terrible danger in prison. Cops aren’t special or above the law.
Here’s the thing, that I wish I could drill through some heads: blue lives do matter, it’s just that everyone has agreed, as a society, that shooting cops is bad (though if this goes on…), and very evidently the agreement on shooting, say, Native Americans or black people hasn’t been reached yet.