Monday, November 29, 2021

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Good riddance to the 34 cops of New York City

It is difficult to control the size of this movement. Is this a tiny sliver of the total force as New York suggests? Or is it more? One expects it to be the former, but even if it is the latter, we are better off working without them. Yes, losing a large number of police officers would threaten public safety. But doing so would leave uneducated officers to interact with an unknown public on a daily basis.

And that is only in the short term. In the long term, there is another — arguably, greater — concern. Means leaving the power to enforce the law in the hands of those who clearly do not respect the law, who consider themselves above it.

People often regard the police as the “thin blue line” standing between us and social chaos. This chaos is hard on us, it is clear from observation of news of any random day. Recently, for example, hundreds of QAnon followers stood in the rain at Daly Plaza in Dallas, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, returning the 35th president and his eponymous son. Waiting, who died on the plane. Crashed on July 16, 1999. He believed that the two John Kennedys, now 104 years older, would return that day to install Donald Trump as president.

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Note that this act of mass insanity barely entered the public consciousness. It is a bad sign when the breaking of norms becomes the norm. Worse yet, there are now too many police on the other side of that breakdown, contributing to it rather than defending against it. Refusing to obey a duly constituted authority by taking a shot? Really? This is a dereliction of duty for which the entire profession should be ashamed.


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