Enforcers category archive
Concord, California, plans to
become Big Brother launch aerial surveillance city state.
One more time, “social” media isn’t and the internet is a public place.
And no one’s watching the watchers, not even the persons paid to watch the watchers.
At NJ.com, Brooke Barnett and Lauren Bonds argue that “qualified immunity” should be abolished. An excerpt:
Qualified immunity communicates to police officers that they are above the law and tells them they can act with impunity. As recent experience tells us, it’s difficult to prevent officers from engaging in misconduct without accountability. Recent experience also tells us that there is a growing and broad consensus that police officers should face real consequences when they abuse their authority. With every new report of an abuse of civil rights or, in some cases, death, calls for change have grown.
Lots of folks don’t seem to realize that the internet is a public place.
In an odd bit of synchronicity yesterday, both a columnist at AL.com and the writer of a letter to the editor of The Roanoke Times tell stories of traffic stops that occurred in their pasts.
In both cases, they wonder whether, if they had been not-white, they’d be alive to tell their tales. Follow the links for their stories.
A police detective from Savannah, Georgia, reflects on the verdict in the case of the murder of George Floyd. Here’s a couple of those reflections; more reflections at the link:
The first thing is actually something that needs to not happen: Police must not be defensive. We must not circle the wagons. “Not all cops” is exactly the wrong reaction. Even though that is true — of course not all cops are bad — it is also irrelevant. Systemic reform is inseparable from individual change.
Here’s the second thing that needs to happen: We police need to fight the destructive reaction we have resorted to before, saying that if we can’t do our job the way we have always done our job, well then, we won’t do our job at all.