There is no such thing as a good cop. I'll grant some work hard to make things better, sure. But so long as:
A) There are unjust laws
B) Cops swear to enforce all laws
C) Cops swear to enforce unjust laws
Good people don't uphold injustice.
A) I don't have a community here in Denver yet, but back in NC, it would have been friends.
B) The fact that the police are often the only option in a situation is not an argument that they are good.
Remember the cop who fled and kept other cops back at Parkland? His defense is because he was acting as a cop, he had no obligation to those kids.
The supreme court agrees. Regularly. https://twitter.com/NomeDaBarbarian/status/1108728462263513091
THIS is the thread about how they don't have to do anything to protect you: https://twitter.com/NomeDaBarbarian/status/1136134696734142464
Police rank behind groundskeepers, farmhands, and pretty much every other kind of manual labor in workplace deaths: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/01/08/most-dangerous-jobs-us-where-fatal-injuries-happen-most-often/38832907/
To determine the 25 most dangerous jobs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed fatal injury rates for 72 occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/01/08/most-dangerous-jobs-us-where-fatal-injuries-happen-most-often/38832907/
B) Do they protect you?
They have exactly as much duty to intervene to protect you as literally any other person on the street: the weight of their conscience. No obligation. No mandate. They can watch you be shot, bleed out, and die. https://mises.org/power-market/police-have-no-duty-protect-you-federal-court-affirms-yet-again
Following last February's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, some students claimed local government officials were at fault for failing to provide protection tohttps://mises.org/power-market/police-have-no-duty-protect-you-federal-court-affirms-yet-again
This does not, interestingly, include people like the students at the schools where they are resource officers. Despite being minors, unable to defend themselves, and obligated to be there.
I was trained as a teacher, almost did it. Teachers act In Loco Parentis - in the place of the parents. They have a legal obligation to the health and well-being of students in their care.
NOT GREAT, IT TURNS OUT. THEY WON'T SAY. https://www.apnews.com/de404fd6795d4a61bc72c7df188eb9cd
More than four years after Congress required the Department of Justice to assemble information about those who die in police custody, the agency has yet to implement a system for collecting that...https://www.apnews.com/de404fd6795d4a61bc72c7df188eb9cd
So then we're just left with C) They make our communities safer.
Well... maybe if you're relatively affluent, and white. See, there's this problem with how police departments are funded, and it ties in to racism.
YES YES I KNOW BUT STAY WITH ME.
And suddenly, the population you're protecting is to be milked for your budget.
Ever been stopped while speeding 4 over and given a ticket on a holiday weekend?
It's because you're a sheep to be shorn. https://www.npr.org/2015/04/04/395061810/despite-laws-and-lawsuits-quota-based-policing-lingers
The NYPD is denying allegations that officers were forced to make a certain number of warrantless stops, and faced retaliation from superiors when they didn't.https://www.npr.org/2015/04/04/395061810/despite-laws-and-lawsuits-quota-based-policing-lingers
For some reason (cough literally centuries of policy removing ladders out of poverty and ensuring debasement) poor people are more likely to be people of color. https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/two-american-experiences-racial-divide-poverty
Earlier this year, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, “In its pervasiveness, concentration, and reach across class lines, black poverty proves itself to be ‘fundamentally distinct’ from white poverty.” Hehttps://www.urban.org/urban-wire/two-american-experiences-racial-divide-poverty
The long and the short of it is, in poor or black communities, a necessary survival function of police is to catch anyone fucking up and bleed money from them. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/theres-a-lot-of-history-in-the-distrust-between-african-americans-and-the-police/2019/01/29/d21bf6e8-23e7-11e9-ad53-824486280311_story.html
A professor is teaching the next generation of officers about the history of policing to improve its future.https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/theres-a-lot-of-history-in-the-distrust-between-african-americans-and-the-police/2019/01/29/d21bf6e8-23e7-11e9-ad53-824486280311_story.html
Just... just read this headline. And accept that we live in this timeline. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article90905442.html
That is only marginally longer than the most rigorous programs required to become a nail technician.
AFTER FIRST GETTING A GODDAMN MASTERS DEGREE IN NURSING.
... the largest system of mental health care we have is in prisons. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/americas-largest-mental-hospital-is-a-jail/395012/
At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/americas-largest-mental-hospital-is-a-jail/395012/
A full quarter of police shootings in 2017 involved a mentally ill person in crisis. https://www.psycom.net/police-mental-health-training
That's why EMTs have to publish guides to handling cops who are putting your patients in danger. https://www.ems1.com/legal/articles/5-ways-to-manage-conflicts-with-cops-in-a-medical-emergency-tBRyX6Qd4d1kfEBv/
A person with little training, prone to violence in their personal life, armed, with no obligation to others, & a predisposition to asserting their will with force, fired into a crowd 10 times, killing a disabled man & critically injuring bystanders.
I submit to you:
Maybe it's a fucking stupid law. Maybe we need new ones.
That's the thread. Follow @CZEdwards if you want to know more. I'm out.