Enforcers category archive
The card that enforcers always use to trump their way out of being held responsible for their venality.
I’m almost–not quite–as old as the man who filed this suit.
I don’t think police would have treated me as they did the plaintiff in said action, but, then, I’m Not Black.
Julie Werner-Simona, a veteran of three decades as a Federal prosecutor who’s now a law professor, argues that it comes from the top.
Psychologist Roy Eidelson explores of “status quo bias” (which is, as far as I can tell, a fancy phrasing of “fear of change”) deters persons and society from making change, even when the evidence for the need of change is blindingly overwhelming. Here’s a bit from the introduction to his piece:
Unfortunately, status quo bias makes us more susceptible to persuasion by faulty arguments—or “mind games”—from those who oppose much-needed change. This is tragically true in the context of urgent calls to address the police brutality and institutional racism epitomized by the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and other Black Americans. Despite overwhelming evidence of racial injustice in our system of law enforcement, defenders target our fears of change in their efforts to preserve the status quo. Five examples show what these appeals are like—and why we should view them with deep skepticism.
Follow the link for his five examples.
AL.com doggedly investigates the bite marks. A snippet:
Police dogs are often portrayed as harmless, lovable members of the local police. But many departments across the country use dogs as weapons, training the animals to bite thousands of people every year, causing serious and even fatal injuries.
Folow the link. And snarl.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Arthur Dobrin explores why good cops, who are sworn to uphold the law and do, protect bad cops, who are sworn to uphold the law and don’t.
It is an especially timely read.
It is difficult for citizens to respect law enforcers when the law enforcers do not respect either citizens or the law. Just sayin’.