Goes beyond race, there is a huge amount of deference given to the police in our hero-worship blinded society. To be certain, Mike Brown may have had it coming, but Eric Garner certainly didn't - anyone with eyes in their head can see the truth.
If We the People don't demand some sanity from LE and other armed departments of our Government, we'll have no one but ourselves to blame when tragedy strikes us through these institutions.
Adam Arroyo is still waiting for any sort of justice (or news of any sort) for the execution of his dog and shooting up of his apartment by Buffalo PD back in '13, in a botched SWAT -style raid. They were nice enough to leave a copy of the warrant, he came home to his apt shot up, dog dead, front door destroyed. Warrant was largely illegible and for a different address. And this for an Iraq war vet - thanks for the professionalism. On average NY residents pay out $5 for every man woman and child in the state, every year, just to cover police misconduct in NYC - not including the legal fees (couldn't get a total for the entire state). Most police found guilty of misconduct (imagine what the evidence must be for that to happen at all) stay on the job, and that aspect of their records is shielded from public scrutiny by NY law. Likewise, misconduct judgments do not come out of officer's pensions or salary - they might not even be aware of how much $ they cost the taxpayers after a given incident.
More oversight, more accountability to go with the increase in latitude LE has been accumulating since the War on Drugs and War on Terror were launched. If LE wants the continued support of the public, they can earn it like everyone else. Respect is earned or lost by conduct, not title.
How many police officers and their supporters live in the neighborhoods where the march was going to be? Very few? None? Want to start to change the mindset? MOVE. If I worked at the Ford plant, guess what I'd be driving. Same thing.
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