Requiem for a Republic?

by jay @, Monday, November 16, 2020, 08:32 (15 days ago) @ Bill Fun

Not all abuses are against blacks, nor do they all result in unnecessary deaths. So a lot of the more minor, garden variety abuses fly under the radar. It seems to me that the worst of the abuses here has subsided significantly over the last few years so maybe they're showing progress. But there's still a lot of work to be done. Crowd control is increasingly militaristic; addressing mental health calls leaves a lot to be desired; escalation as opposed to de-escalation is still a big problem; and they're utterly opposed to any civilian oversight. Not to mention the traditional cop omerta, the willingness of good cops to protect bad cops, complicity similar to a getaway driver on a bank job. Little will change until good cops understand that protecting bad cops is a cancer on their departments. These are the prospective reforms that are fueling the protests.

And I think that Portland protesters now see these protests as more than just a Portland problem. It's morphed into a symbol for police reforms nationwide.


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