My Pastor, the Reverend Dr. Jesse Voyd Bottoms consistently preaches a message which stresses that the thing that you need the most from God, is the thing you should give the most.
Simply put, if you want love give love. If you want attention give attention to others who need it. If you want patience, demonstrate patience to those who need your understanding. And certainly, if you need to be respected, start by showing respect to others.
Obviously, that is a message the Attorney General of the United States, William Barr needs to hear and understand.
In seeking to become Donald Trump’s Roy Cohn, Bar has gone over and above the norms to try to gain favor with Trump. From withholding the Muller report, and creating a disingenuous summary, to disagreeing with the Justice Department’s own Inspector General’s finding that there is no evidence that Ukraine had anything to do with the 2016 presidential elections and a raft of other controversial stances. Barr has demonstrated that this is the segment of his life he wants to be judged by.
In a scathing address to the Federalist Society and later as he addressed the fraternal order of police, the Attorney General excoriated social justice reformers, arguing “We must have zero tolerance for resisting police”. This will save lives.” Barr singled out prosecutors, whom he criticized for being “social-justice reformers” and soft on crime.
He berated those he deemed, not sufficiently respectful of police, but the Attorney General never once in either address, challenge those within the ranks of police departments who are brutalizing and murdering innocent unarmed citizens.
Despite the heightened across the board’s attention being paid to unlawful police killings and abuses, [largely of African American citizens], Barr praised police bravery and suggested that communities that demonstrate against police abuses may see police services diminished.
In other words, the Attorney General of the United States is advocating for the police to withhold services to the Black community, which pays the police, to provide policing services.
It is an offense to receive payment to do a job and not do the job, and yes that is what the nation’s top law enforcement officer is threatening.
But threatening to withhold police services may not be such a bad thing for the African-American community. In fact, residents may be less afraid of losing their lives at the hands of out of control racist cops who have no respect for neither their dignity nor their humanity.
Vice News reported, that after Chicago Police cut down on busting drug possession and prostitution after an officer was sentenced for killing black teen Laquan McDonald, Chicago actually got safer.
The gall and temerity of the state police union after the seven-year sentence was handed down to murderer cop Jason Van Dyke, by asking citizens of the city: “Are you ready to pay the price,” of police officers not feeling comfortable doing their jobs.
As far as the discredited Police union is concerned, killing a black teen who was walking away from Van Dyke, was [doing their job].
Not having its sons and fathers, uncles and brothers, cousins and husbands murdered by police, means the black community may be better off without the kind of services the police have to offer.
In New York City, the discredited, police unions encouraged their members to defraud the public which pays their salaries and benefits, to embark on work slowdown, after Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who murdered Eric Garner was finally fired.
The result, crime went down. True to form the Chicago police department denied that they had been on a work slowdown after their actions blew up in their faces.
In fact, an analysis of crime data by VICE News showed a significant reduction in police activity following Van Dyke’s sentencing on January 18.
(Arrests by Chicago police officers dropped by nearly 50% citywide the evening after the sentence came down, and almost 25% in the two weeks following. At the same time, total crime as reported by police dropped to the lowest level in at least two decades, a stat consistent with a policing slowdown. Crime reports arising through street stops, such as drug arrests and weapons violations, fell the most precipitously, as officers continued to respond to serious incidents like shootings). [vice news]
Communities need good police officers, they need officers who respect the citizens they serve. From time to time officers will find themselves dealing with unsavory characters who will inexorably cause them to be less than respectful and gentile, that is the nature of the job.
Nevertheless, the idea that a community may have more unsavory characters of a particular type, does not give police a pass to be disrespectful of entire communities.
Demanding respect is a surefire way to get resentment, hatred, and ridicule.
Demanding that an entire community of 47 million demonstrate fealty and reverence to an organ of government that has never shown respect to them is simply laughable.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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