Republican Sen. Tim Scott complains about the public and media stereotyping police officers as ruthless killers and abusers of people.
No one has stereotyped the police more than the police themselves, with decades of police violence, abuse and murder.
Congress and local governments cannot eliminate or reduce police brutality and murder by applying a patchwork of fixes to all 18,000 police departments and expect to magically eradicate institutionalized racism in America’s police depts.
Congress can remedy our problems with all 18,000 police depts., but it cannot be a patchwork of bans and fixes.
We have to abolish and start anew, if we are to ever transcend police brutality and murder.
A majority of 911 calls DO NOT REQUIRE dispatching armed, uniformed officers. The great majority of 911 calls are non-violent, non-emergency issues, medical assistance issues, non-violent domestic issues.
We the People must reimagine, reconsider and rebuild community services; we need to re-evaluate emergency community service needs, particularly reassessing 911 emergency calls and responses.
Communities have made the traditional mistake of assigning non-violent 911 calls to armed, uniformed officers, resulting in untold scores of police brutality and murder.
Communities need to rethink legislative policies which mandate misdemeanor arrests for misdemeanors; it is a fact the great majority of police brutality and murder are the direct result of a police officer attempting to effect misdemeanor arrest of a person.
I contend communities should pass legislation making all non-violent misdemeanors a non-jailable offense. So-called “Law and Order” proponents errantly believe the solution to every nail is a hammer and discount measures which do not include the mental, physical and spiritual punishment of jailtime.
It is essential communities evolve beyond the “Law & Order” bulwark to engage in advanced critical thinking – such as marketing Public Awareness Campaigns; a community can enjoy much more success in attaining community compliance with a particular local goal or ordnance by repetitive educational marketing, i.e., THE MORE YOU KNOW – than by “police officers effecting arrest and local courts issuing hard jailtime.”
The police killing of Rayshard Brooks is a prime example of how legislative fixes could save lives. If police pull over a suspected drunk driver or encounter a suspected drunk driver in a parking lot, and if that driver fails a sobriety test, police should do the following: 1) Notify the driver he or she failed the test; 2) Inform the driver he or she must surrender their keys for 24 hours and police will call you a ride home. 3) Issue the driver a ticket with a court date; 4) Everyone leaves the scene alive. Mission accomplished.
This kind of rethinking and recategorizing misdemeanors would surely eliminate the majority of police brutality and murder, since most police brutality occurs during misdemeanor events, since people commit misdemeanors far more frequently than felonies.
The problem of Americans not wearing masks is a prime example of how a Public Awareness Campaign can be more effective than locking people up who don’t wear masks.
Unfortunately, The Orange Monkey hates wearing masks (10 out of 10 monkeys prefer poop-slinging over mask-wearing) therefore America gets no top-down public awareness campaign regarding the absolute need for every American to wear a mask to prevent the rapid spread of covid-19.
History will not be kind to President Trump, VP Pence and governors who ABSOLUTELY FAILED to inform the public WE MUST WEAR MASKS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS.
Conversely, history will show how Hong Kong – who has a population density 18 times that of New York City – managed to escape the ravages of coronovirus with only a handful of deaths and a few thousand infectees; and Hong Kong did it by simply WEARING MASKS.
The fact is the majority of 911 calls DO NOT REQUIRE AN ARMED, UNIFORMED OFFICER; over 90% of a community’s 911 calls could be better served by dispatching a trained unarmed community response officer or medical personnel to the appropriate 911 calls.
Communities need to reimagine and rebuild police services; so what the heck is “rebuilding police? “Rebuilding police” is in the eye of the beholder; and those eyes belong to THE COMMUNITY – NOT TO POLICE UNIONS! Here’s what I say “rebuilding police” should look like:
STEP ONE: Abolish the entire police department; revoke the charter.
Why abolish a police dept? There are many good reasons to abolish a police dept.
1) a community needs to break these police union contracts because they tend to place a police officer ABOVE THE LAW, OUT OF THE REACH OF LADY JUSTICE.
2) a community does NOT need as many armed, uniformed officers as there has been on the force; community reassesment and reassignment of 911 calls highlight the GREATLY REDUCED NEED FOR ARMED, UNIFORMED OFFICERS.
3) If you don’t break from police unions, a police union will fire the youngest officers first instead of the officers with more seniority; and we all know that senior officers are the very ones perpetuating and enabling this racist cult of police brutality and murder FOR DECADES.
4) institutionalized racism;
STEP TWO: Make legislative adjustments.
The single biggest action we can take to significantly reduce police brutality and murder is by making non-violent misdemeanors a non-jailable offense.
STEP THREE: New hiring criteria and training policies.
Any new agency hiring criteria should include extensive quality psychological testing and require police personnel file review.
STEP FOUR: Funding. Communities AND CONGRESS must rethink, reimagine and reconsider the funding of community services.
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Why Rebuild 18,000 Police Departments?
Do we need to? YES, WE DO.
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Police killed at least 104 unarmed black people in 2015, nearly twice each week. (See which police departments were responsible for these deaths)
Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting
36% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite black people being only 13% of the U.S. population
Unarmed black people were killed at 5x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015
Only 13 of the 104 cases in 2015 where an unarmed black person was killed by police resulted in officer(s) being charged with a crime. 4 of these cases have ended in a mistrial or charges against the officer(s) being dropped and 4 cases are still awaiting trial or have a trial underway. Only 4 cases (Matthew Ajibade, Eric Harris, Paterson Brown Jr., and William Chapman) have resulted in convictions of officers involved, with a fifth case (Walter Scott) resulting in the officer pleading guilty.
Of the 4 cases where the officer(s) involved have been convicted and sentenced, none were sentenced to serve more than 4 years in prison. Only 1 of 2 officers convicted for their involvement in Matthew Ajibade’s death received jail time. He was sentenced to 1 year in jail and allowed to serve this time exclusively on weekends. The officer who killed Paterson Brown was sentenced to only 3 months in jail. Deputy Bates, who killed Eric Harris, was sentenced to 4 years in prison and Officer Cobb, who killed William Chapman, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. Officer Slager, who killed Walter Scott and pled guilty, has yet to be sentenced.
1,147 people were killed by police in 2017.
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