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Upon Reflection . . . . 0

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.

(snip)

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.

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Weighed . . . and Found Wanting 0

Lady Justing holding her scales.  In one balance, a police officer shouts,

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“Your Own Eyes” 0

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Facebook Frolics 0

Enforcer frolics.

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All the News that Fits 0

Farron looks at right-wing “news” media’s reaction to the Chauvin verdict.

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Freedom Florida Style 0

Warning: Short ad at the end.

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There Are Too Many Thumbs Still on the Scales of Justice 0

I have not blogged about the Chauvin trial because I have had nothing to add to what everyone else has been saying.

The whole damned thing has been blatantly obvious from the git-go. A white cop killed a black man because (he was certain) he could get away with it. (And, chillingly, said cop seemed to relish the experience.)

But methinks Tom Levenson makes a telling point about the guilty verdict over at Balloon Juice.

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The News Recycle 0

Male news anchor says,

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Driving While Black, Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud Dept. 0

Cop holding gun to black motorist:  Stop (being black) or I'll shoot!

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In a related vein, Tony Norman reflects on the teacher and the lesson.

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Driving While Black 0

Title:  Two Traffic Stops.  Image One:  White driver sees police in his rear view mirror and thinks,

Many years ago, in my incarnation as a technical trainer (training is training; the skills are the same, only the subject matter varies, though, natch, you do have to master the subject matter), I was teaching a class about how to implement a piece of security software manufactured by my employer of the time. During casual chit-chat on a break, one of the students, the owner of security business who happened to be a black man, told me a story.

He was visiting his mother, a financially well-situated woman who lived in a gated community outside a major city a little bit north of Toledo, Ohio, in the upper Midwest. He was running an errand at her request and happened to be driving her Mercedes.

The police stopped him because, for some reason, they thought he needed to prove that he belonged.

What, one wonders, might that reason might have been?

Image via Job’s Anger.

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Certified Certifiable 0

Title:  Job Training Requirements.  Image One:  Realtor--4 to 6 months.  Image Two:  Hairstylist--12-24 months.  Police Officer--13-19 weeks.  Caption:  Guess who gets a gun when they graduate?

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Empty Thoughts, Unanswered Prayers 0

U. S. map with thoughts and prayers

Via Job’s Anger.

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Our Civil Society 0

Woman watching television, which is emitting sounds of gunfire.  Man asks,

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The Wrong Question 0

What Noz said.

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Visions of the Abysss 0

Voice from airplane plunging to Earth:

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“Honest Mistakes” 0

Frame One:  Cop holding up a gun and a taser says,

For example.

Image via Job’s Anger.

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Overlap 0

PoliticalProf.

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Sauce for the Goose . . . 0

. . . not for the gander.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, what a maroon.

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A Question of Identity 0

Dominic J. Packer and Jay Van Bavel explore why bystanders just stand by and onlookers just look on.

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A Letter of the Law 0

Tony Norman gets mail.

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