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June 2, 2020

I Repeat . . .

Filed under: Culture,Morality,The Law — Steve Ruis @ 10:22 am
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A simple rule change is all that is needed to proscribe the actions of police officers. As I have suggested before, the actions of police need to be limited to the penalty were one convicted of the crime alleged. So, if someone is accused of passing counterfeit money, the most that infraction of the law can impose is a short stay in prison. If a police officer uses lethal force, it should be clear to everyone that that is not allowed and must be prosecuted. If someone is being arrested for the crime of passing counterfeit currency and they resist arrest, what is the penalty for resisting arrest? A short stay in jail. Anything imposed by police in excess of the punishment were the person being arrested convicted of the crime, is a violation of the law and must be prosecuted.

Using lethal force to arrest someone for jaywalking, or an equipment violation on a car is ludicrous and needs to be addressed and this way makes the police and prosecutors accountable for their decisions.

That someone is killed because he was selling cigarettes one at a time illegally, is ludicrous and no prosecutor should be given the option to “file charges against the officers involved or not.”

This is simple, easy to learn. If an officer is ignorant of the law, a quick call to dispatch can inform them of the amount of force that can be applied. (Come on, they do not have to memorize all of the penalties of all of the crimes, they just need to know which qualify for the death penalty. Any other infractions are covered by excessive force regulations.) When someone is arrested for selling single cigarettes, a scratch on the wrist from when handcuffs were applied is an acceptable amount of force. Remember these are the people who protect a detainee’s head when getting into a patrol car to be taken in to be booked. When they show extreme neglect of such care must be prosecuted.

Okay, if someone holds up a gun and seems to be going to shoot, can cops shoot back? Considering the police’s track records at shooting kids with BB guns, even an adult in a store shopping for Christmas and holding a BB gun, I think the police need to be trained to take cover and be authorized to return fire, not shoot “because I was afraid.” Being afraid and doing a good job is part of the qualifications for the job. It should not include the current “if you feel fear, open fire” dictates so often employed.

Interestingly police in other countries, some of whom are not armed with firearms, seem to do a better job at this than our police, so we know it can be done.

And, yes, all of the other recommendations about psychological testing, more training, and a national registry of police officers fired for cause being kept are all good, but I think the limits of the behavior of our police are good ones. And hiring police departments should be required to search that database before hiring.

6 Comments »

  1. While I agree with most of what you said, the main contention of the black community is that, from their perspective, they are being unfairly picked on for the most minor infringements resulting as we so often see, in such deadly consequences, while a more understanding and gentle approach is being applied when other races are involved. They are crying out to be seen and treated as fellow human beings, deserving of the same rights and consideration as their fellow white citizens. That is all they asking for. No special treatment, just equality. Is that too much to ask?

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    Comment by Gus The Realist — June 2, 2020 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

    • Obviously not. But as a police regulation “Black people are to be treated as if they were white” just doesn’t cut it. You will notice that my suggested policy doesn’t mention race or sex or age so it applies to all. So, if a juvenile gets the snot beaten out of him (whatever race) instead of a two week stay in juvie, some police are going to court.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 2, 2020 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  2. Steve,

    Your simple solution is excellent and I think it would for the most part be effective for the change needed. However, in addition to your simple solution, somehow someway we MUST reprogram, re-educate specific officers—but really the entire populace of Americans—who show tendencies of or blatant manifestations of racism and discrimination. Perhaps a 6-month or 12-month regiment of intense cognitive re-wiring?

    Amazingly what we are dealing with here can be traced back to the 1840’s thru the 1880’s, then the systemic programming via laws, specifically Jim Crow Laws, of a defeated Confederacy. Not necessarily a geographical Confederacy, but the cultural mentalities that the Civil Rights Movement was battling during the 1960’s. Another example of this cultural educational subterfuge (infection; cancer) was achieved by the Daughters of the Confederacy systemically “re-writing” Southern American history in ALL of their classrooms! And is it at all surprising where the Daughters of the Confederacy began their “re-education” of Southern youth in the first place? Yep, Tennessee. Where Jim Crow Laws originated then spread like COVID-19.

    I guess one way to combat such a sinister subterfuge of our educational systems is to counter it in much the same way. These are my initial thoughts to this ever-present cancer we have in the DIS-United States of America. Sad, very sad.

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — June 2, 2020 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

    • Ack, re-education camps!? :o)

      Obviously what is needed is a change of heart. We were working on that. Racist comments in polite society were frowned upon, so children didn’t hear them so much But then modern “digital” communications has allowed birds of a feather to flock together and reinforce their views (you know, like we are doing right now. Then a major US political party has decided its route to power is by demonizing their opponents, and various segments of our society. Our institutions are undermined, etc. We are in a major backslide right now and I hope that it is the “one step” in two steps forward and one back.”

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 3, 2020 @ 11:08 am | Reply

      • 😄 Well, not quite like a Nazi “re-education campus” Steve. That’s not what I meant—but your joke is good… in a diabolical way. 😉 😛

        Yes indeed on the steps of progress, not digress.

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        Comment by Professor Taboo — June 3, 2020 @ 8:43 pm | Reply


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