Police Reform?

Chauvin is guilty….guilty…..guilty…..

And now the call arises yet again for police reform…..

There has been a couple of years that the call has gone out for more police reform to try and curtail the rising incidents of killings by the police…..a subject I have given my thoughts….

Is It Police Reform….Or Defund….Or Abolition?

Biden And Police Reform

Both parties have jumped on the bandwagon on the recent verdict….

Lawmakers from both parties are expressing satisfaction with Tuesday’s guilty verdict of former police officer Derek Chauvin for murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, the AP reports. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters says: “I’m not celebrating, I’m relieved.” Sen. Tim Scott, the chamber’s only Black Republican, says he is thankful for a verdict that shows “our justice system continues to become more just.” Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock says he hopes the verdict will let “people who have seen this trauma over and over again” know the nation’s laws can give them equal protection.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expressing thanks to Floyd “for sacrificing your life for justice.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Congress must keep working on legislation “to bring meaningful change” to police departments. Former President Barack Obama says the conviction was correct but only one step in the fight for justice. In a statement, Obama said true justice requires Americans to understand that “Black Americans are being treated differently every day” and that millions live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. “Today, a jury did the right thing,” he tweeted. “But true justice requires much more.”

This spin will do little to change the climate in this country.

The Dems have tried (I will give them their props for that) with the George Floyd bill…..in case you have not heard of read about this attempt at police reform then I have link for you…..https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr7120/BILLS-116hr7120pcs.pdf

For god sake read it before you form some ill-advised opinion!

But for lazy fools here is the short version…..

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a reform bill that would ban chokeholds and alter so-called qualified immunity for law enforcement, which would make it easier to pursue claims of police misconduct.

The 220-212 vote, mostly along party lines, came nine months after Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police officers last spring.

The wide-ranging legislation would also ban no-knock warrants in certain cases, mandate data collection on police encounters, prohibit racial and religious profiling and redirect funding to community-based policing programs.

This is an excellent bill and an excellent attempt but sadly it will go nowhere in the US Senate….the domain of of cowards and worthless leaders…..

We need to be realistic….nothing will change….and here is why…..

How Views On Black Lives Matter Have Changed — And Why That Makes Police Reform So Hard

While the country watched and waited for the verdict in the Chauvin murder trial…..the police commit murder yet again…..

Minutes before the guilty verdicts were announced in Derek Chauvin’s trial Tuesday, a Black teen girl was shot dead by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio. Bodycam video was released within hours of the death of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, Heavy reports, but it is very difficult to watch. Police responded after someone called 911 to report they were being threatened, the AP reports. The video shows a physical altercation involving a number of people; Bryant is shown swinging a knife at one person, then after that person falls to the ground, she charges another person and pins them against a car while apparently still holding the knife, though some say she dropped it before the officer shot. Bystanders in the video can be heard reacting to the shooting, with one man telling the officer, “She’s just a kid.” A steak knife or kitchen knife fell to the ground next to her body. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

As I said NOTHING has changed!

We desperately need police reform….sadly I just do not see that happening any time soon.

The one caveat is the trial of the 3 officers that stood by….their conviction could start the process of reform.

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11 thoughts on “Police Reform?

  1. Until our police are trained to protect the public FIRST and to pursue criminals in a manner that does NOT endanger the public, things will not change. Until our police are DEMILITARIZED and we return to the practice of neighborhood policing, rather than squad cars rushing all over the place, nothing will change. Police need to remember that RESPECT IS EARNED.

  2. I thought of the contrast to the response to the girl with a knife over here. The first officers on scene would not have had firearms, and probably not even a Taser. They would have had to subdue her using CS Gas or their metal truncheons. They do that all the time here, and shootng dead is the very last option, usually reserved for terrorist incidents.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Any police reform will be tokenism to quiet the enraged masses and once the hullabaloo dies down (as it always does) police will return to their same old routines. By the way, why don’t we just leave the police alone to do their jobs? If criminals were not out on the streets committing crimes, there would be no deadly encounters with police. The people most responsible for deadly encounters with police are the criminals themselves.

    1. So the crimes have been minor…..they need to change the culture by making the gun the last thing they go to not the first….until then this will continue…..chuq

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