"confront the issue of black teenagers downtown. "
Are you serious? I guess white teenagers never cause problems, downtown or in other places.
I'm sorry, Chris, but I have to disagree. If anyone thinks things are unraveling NOW then they haven't been paying attention. My two cents.
I cannot fully express how bad of an idea I think this is. And it's illegal - not just on constitutional grounds, but I believe an illegal use of zoning codes
Why don't you do the same thing in case Alex White wins....just for laughs. I mean, you've obviously called the election results 2 months before the election even happens so have fun with it... ask the same questions only in the event of an Alex White administration.
White people have the privilege of being able to say it isn't about race. To be honest, it's not our call.
And those who are talking about the police needing to beat people up to arrest them have no idea what is going on in neighborhoods of color...even those white folks who may happen to live in them as their not being profiled.
Rick - While I appreciate what you said, I've just seen enough and talk to enough people who have been affected by some of our police department's actions to know that what is "justified" in the words of the police is not if you're the one on the other end of the fist or club (or actually by the actual letter of the law).
Blanket acceptance of what the police say happened just doesn't float anymore. And the police investigate themselves. That is why we need a fully independent citizen review board with complete subpoena power.
There's not enough public information on what happened before the video started. It's easy and convenient for people to say if anyone does X you go to jail. It's not always that simple. You cannot tell from this video everything that went down. That's why I'm not posting here, calling for the firing of the police officer. I'm looking at system change.
First, it's not "oversight" if nothing happens to the police officers who are videotaped beating people up.
Second, I'm not commenting on the specific video because I want to know (not just from the RPD perspective) why these two were being arrested to begin with. Having said that, I'm dismayed by the number of people who are just assuming the police are always right and people should just do whatever they say. I'm pretty sure none of these folks live on Jefferson Ave.
The people in neighborhoods of color are harassed by the police every single day. Their streets are "cleared" every day. I see a lot of people hanging out on Park Avenue, but the police don't "sweep" that street.
So it's pretty easy to say, just get arrested and deal with it in court. Because the system is set up to protect the individual, right? No, it's not. And let's see how well YOU do in society with something on your record.
Very easy to tell another person to just accept being arrested.
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