ltbewr wrote:This is probably the best commentary on the George Floyd protests. It is by former NBA star and respected author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/ ... id=U507DHP
Agreed, probably the most eloquent and on-point statement I've seen about all this. Thank you for sharing.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:Cops with violence issues are in every city in the country. This MSP cop has 18 write-ups in his discipline file. Why was still on the job? Most every one of these police murders, the officer has a record of excessive violence, domestic violence or poor discipline. Why? Because civil service unions will protect without conscience. A city near me has to reinstate a terminated officer several times over excessive force complaints. Then, mayors, beholden to the unions, afraid of being “soft” on crime indulge the unions and the members.
This cop should have been gone from the years ago.
There seems to be a widespread cultural problem in the police force that leads them to think they need to protect even the worst amongst them at any cost. This tweet sums it up nicely I think:
For some reason a lot of police offers seem to have a major issue with just saying "yeah, he was a piece of shit and as an honorable representative of our profession I will join you in your outrage". Instead, they seem to be unwilling to tolerate any sort of dissent whatsoever against "the blue" and would rather further brutalize protestors taking to the streets.
Now this doesn't apply to all of them obviously. Even in this extremely dire situation there have been moments of positivity. The Sheriff of Flint, MI for example took off his helmet, laid down his baton and joined the marchers in a parade, because he realizes that every single person out there on these streets, including him, has a legitimate reason to be outraged.