We’ll never craft appropriate policies until we stop worrying about random acts of violence.
Some words of advice from a liberal journalist gone blogger.
Excellent (and rational) discussion on police use of force, well worth the read. The Talking Philosophy Blog is recommended for regular reading.
Like any technology, body cameras can be used to promote public good or as an extension of government violence. Left unchecked, there is little doubt where the pendulum swings. Linked are sensible guidelines to ensure they are a force for good. I am sure no such thing will ever be implemented in the US. Government is violence…it cannot be any other way.
–Posted from my mobile device
Police in the United States shot more people so far in April 2015 than police in the UK did during the entire 20th Century. WTF?
And the miscreants just don’t get it, blaming it on their media portrayal and not on their own actions. But it is all good…cities and counties will just up the pay from the public coffers. And the further separation from us and them will continue and the ever mounting police state will increase proportionately. Eventually a backlash will ensue, people will utilize self defense, and that will be used as an excuse to further expand the police state. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The cop was wearing a camera, but of course it was turned off at the time. This type of pervasive criminality can only be sustained when the entire corpus is rotten.
Nice to see Richmond get the policing it deserves.
Nice piece tying together the “broken windows” style of crime suppression with the delegitimization of the police.
Personally, I think we’ve long passed the point of no return and stronger measures will be necessary to bring back any sense of legitimacy.
And this exemplifies why cameras on police will not change their behavior one iota. This was captured on film, a thugscrum of cops pile on a man while one of them chokes him to death, the medical examiner rules it a homicide…still, no charges will be filed. They are above the law and no amount of video footage–no matter how horrific–will change that. That is the world we live in.