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3 minutes ago, tri-man 47 said:

True.

Here's a FB post by The Rev. Gini Gerbasi (as shared by my pastor):

"Friends, I am ok, but I am, frankly shaken. I was at St. John's, Lafayette Square most of the afternoon, with fellow clergy and laypeople - and clergy from some other denominations too. We were passing out water and snacks, and helping the patio area at St. John's, Lafayette square to be a place of respite and peace. All was well - with a few little tense moments - until about 6:15 or so. By then, I had connected with the Black Lives Matter medic team, which was headed by an EMT. Those people were AMAZING. They had been on the patio all day, and thankfully had not had to use much of the eyewash they had made. Around 6:15 or 6:30, the police started really pushing protestors off of H Street (the street between the church and Lafayette Park, and ultimately, the White House. They started using tear gas and folks were running at us for eyewashes or water or wet paper towels. At this point, Julia, one of our seminarians for next year (who is a trauma nurse) and I looked at each other in disbelief. I was coughing, her eyes were watering, and we were trying to help people as the police - in full riot gear - drove people toward us. Julia and her classmates left and I stayed with the BLM folks trying to help people. Suddenly, around 6:30, there was more tear gas, more concussion grenades, and I think I saw someone hit by a rubber bullet - he was grasping his stomach and there was a mark on his shirt. The police in their riot gear were literally walking onto the St. John's, Lafayette Square patio with these metal shields, pushing people off the patio and driving them back. People were running at us as the police advanced toward us from the other side of the patio. We had to try to pick up what we could. The BLM medic folks were obviously well practiced. They picked up boxes and ran. I was so stunned I only got a few water bottles and my spray bottle of eyewash. We were literally DRIVEN OFF of the St. John's, Lafayette Square patio with tear gas and concussion grenades and police in full riot gear. We were pushed back 20 feet, and then eventually - with SO MANY concussion grenades - back to K street. By the time I got back to my car, around 7, I was getting texts from people saying that Trump was outside of St. John's, Lafayette Square. I literally COULD NOT believe it. WE WERE DRIVEN OFF OF THE PATIO AT ST. JOHN'S - a place of peace and respite and medical care throughout the day - SO THAT MAN COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!! PEOPLE WERE HURT SO THAT HE COULD POSE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH WITH A BIBLE! HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP OVER THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES WE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE WE WERE BEING TEAR GASSED!!!!

I am deeply shaken. I did not see any protestors throw anything until the tear gas and concussion grenades started, and then it was mostly water bottles. I am shaken, not so much by the taste of tear gas and the bit of a cough I still have, but by the fact that that show of force was for a PHOTO OPPORTUNITY. The patio of St. John's, Lafayette square had been HOLY GROUND today. A place of respite and laughter and water and granola bars and fruit snacks. But that man turned it into a BATTLE GROUND first, and a cheap political stunt second. I am DEEPLY OFFENDED on behalf of every protestor, every Christian, the people of St. John's, Lafayette square, every decent person there, and the BLM medics who stayed with just a single box of supplies and a backpack, even when I got too scared and had to leave. I am ok. But I am now a force to be reckoned with."

Exactly...this was not telling violent or illegal masses to disperse and then tear gassing them...it was not clearing the way to show respect for the church...how about informing the people who actually work at the church that the President would like to do this...to show the Church is still there after fires the night before.  Would that have been difficult. And if they say no...then that is their right as well.  He doesn't own the church, the government doesn't own it or control it.

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3 minutes ago, tri-man 47 said:

And what a missed opportunity for the president.  He could have walked through the Square and talked/listened to the protesters and/or joined the pastors and BLM folks at the church.  That would have been a powerful moment ...possibly the powerful moment the nation needed.  Alas ...

Zero chance the Secret Service allows that. Absolutely none.

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This dude is a hero. He let in peaceful protesters in DC when they had nowhere else to go.

https://twitter.com/IanBGlenn/status/1267809274639446016?s=20 (Video from this morning)

https://twitter.com/blackwomenviews/status/1267716219798462464?s=20 (Video last night when he first let them in)

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2 minutes ago, General Malaise said:
8 minutes ago, Andy Dufresne said:

Zero chance the Secret Service allows that. Absolutely none.

Why did they allow George W. Bush to walk around in the aftermath of Katrina, hugging citizens who had their lives ruined?  Or same question, same president, 9/11?  

And at a certain point, doesn't the President have a final say in what he is allowed to do? I can't imagine the President can't override the concerns of his security detail.

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Just now, Andy Dufresne said:

I think you can recognize that the conditions are radically different.

It's true and it's amazing how far we have fallen since then....

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24 minutes ago, whoknew said:

There's a Presidential candidate who did.

Who?

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Just now, mcintyre1 said:

And at a certain point, doesn't the President have a final say in what he is allowed to do? I can't imagine the President can't override the concerns of his security detail.

Be reasonable. You know it's just not the type of potentially dangerous situation you put the President in. 

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4 minutes ago, Andy Dufresne said:

Be reasonable. You know it's just not the type of potentially dangerous situation you put the President in. 

I agree that it is something he would never do, and not in the context of our moment. I don't agree that it is something "some President" would never do. I was just saying that, ultimately, the President makes that call, not the Secret Service.

I also don't think the Katrina comparisons are the right ones to make right now. While there were certainly tensions at that time, they don't hold a candle to the powderkeg we're looking at right now. You are ultimately correct that there's no way he's walking up to the protesters. There's no chance they listen to him, and there's no chance he's changing their minds.

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1 minute ago, ren hoek said:

Who?

Biden. Today. In his speech.

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Biden calls on Congress to pass police reforms:

- outlaw chokeholds

- stop transferring weapons of war to police

- better oversight & accountability

Commits to creating national police oversight commission in the first 100 days of presidency.

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17 minutes ago, Andy Dufresne said:
21 minutes ago, tri-man 47 said:

And what a missed opportunity for the president.  He could have walked through the Square and talked/listened to the protesters and/or joined the pastors and BLM folks at the church.  That would have been a powerful moment ...possibly the powerful moment the nation needed.  Alas ...

Zero chance the Secret Service allows that. Absolutely none.

This is true....not because the SS doesn't allow that sort of stuff.  They do, all the time, as long as the culture/circumstances are right to do so.  The only place they let their guard down even a little bit these days are at his rallies.  Same with Pence, but to a lesser extent.  Given his contribution to this fiasco, there's not a chance they let him walk among anyone.  Their position speaks volumes.

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6 minutes ago, whoknew said:

Biden. Today. In his speech.

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Biden calls on Congress to pass police reforms:

- outlaw chokeholds

- stop transferring weapons of war to police

- better oversight & accountability

Commits to creating national police oversight commission in the first 100 days of presidency.

He had some more points, he simply couldn't remember them

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Just now, The Commish said:

This is true....not because the SS doesn't allow that sort of stuff.  They do, all the time, as long as the culture/circumstances are right to do so.  The only place they let their guard down even a little bit these days are at his rallies.  Same with Pence, but to a lesser extent.  Given his contribution to this fiasco, there's not a chance they let him walk among anyone.  Their position speaks volumes.

That's my thinking.   The SS could have allowed it to happen, but not with the risk of the hostility that would quite certainly have occurred. And so yes, that speaks volumes about the disconnect between Donald Trump and the American people.

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Wow, I didn't realize Donald Trump, Jr. shared the fake Antifa tweet .  

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The fake account, @ANTIFA_US, tweeted Sunday, "ALERT Tonight's the night, Comrades Tonight we say "F**k The City" and we move into the residential areas... the white hoods.... and we take what's ours #BlacklivesMaters #F**kAmerica."

"Absolutely insane," Trump Jr. wrote on Instagram, sharing a screenshot of the tweet, "Just remember what ANTIFA really is. A Terrorist Organization! They're not even pretending anymore."

 

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7 minutes ago, whoknew said:

Biden. Today. In his speech.

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Biden calls on Congress to pass police reforms:

- outlaw chokeholds

- stop transferring weapons of war to police

- better oversight & accountability

Commits to creating national police oversight commission in the first 100 days of presidency.

Why did none of this happen when he was in power, after the Ferguson/Baltimore/Occupy/Standing Rock protests? 

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13 minutes ago, Andy Dufresne said:

I think you can recognize that the conditions are radically different.

Well, I'd also say the man in place is also radically different, but regardless, this is all like some weird collective fever dream we're all sharing.

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4 minutes ago, ren hoek said:

Why did none of this happen when he was in power, after the Ferguson/Baltimore/Occupy/Standing Rock protests? 

Funny how that happens

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6 minutes ago, ren hoek said:

Why did none of this happen when he was in power, after the Ferguson/Baltimore/Occupy/Standing Rock protests? 

Are you pleased he’s proposing it now? 

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6 minutes ago, ren hoek said:

Why did none of this happen when he was in power, after the Ferguson/Baltimore/Occupy/Standing Rock protests? 

The Obama era Justice Department was very active in reform.

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1 minute ago, Juxtatarot said:

The Obama era Justice Department was very active in reform.

And don't forget that Obama tried to actually pass legislation.  While he did some things straight out of the executive office not to the extreme that Trump is however.

I keep saying to  Trump supporters that all these things you cheer him doing, you realize he is opening the door to someone you don't like doing the same thing.  The next D prez will hopefully call everything a national emergency and just do these things on police reform, education, wages and climate change

 

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3 minutes ago, timschochet said:

Are you pleased he’s proposing it now? 

No.  Biden already torched his credibility on this a long time ago.  We are being asked to trust the architect of mass incarceration and militarized policing that eulogized Storm Thurmond.  Give me a break.  

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2 hours ago, jon_mx said:

Obama had zero skill in speaking to the right.  He never tried.  Clinton and Reagan possessed the skill to attract support from the other side.  Obama's biggest failure was because he lacked such ability. 

Maybe he should have yelled more 3 word, 3 syllable phrases.  

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4 minutes ago, ren hoek said:

No.  Biden already torched his credibility on this a long time ago.  We are being asked to trust the architect of mass incarceration and militarized policing that eulogized Storm Thurmond.  Give me a break.  

Didn’t the Obama administration enact regulations to remove police access to certain military weapons of war?  I would think that would be something you would support. (Also, those regs were apparently rolled back by the Trump administration.)

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54 minutes ago, whoknew said:

Dijon mustard. He alienated all the yellow mustard eaters. 

Yellow mustard eaters are the worst.

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3 minutes ago, Dickies said:

Yellow mustard eaters are the worst.

You condimentist! :angry:

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1 hour ago, Skoo said:

And these ones are about someone getting murdered by a cop in plain sight.
 

Neither calls for storming the capital with guns.

The cop was arrested and justice is going to be served.  In the later case there were no burning down of businesses, no looting, no violence.  The most violent protests tend to be from the left. 

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2 hours ago, timschochet said:

Well my family’s shopping center in Lakewood escaped the night before but not last night. Broken glass, our donut tenant got their cash register looted. That’s all the damage I’m aware of but I’m headed there right now. 
 

I don’t think it was Antifa...

Were any donuts missing?  :oldunsure: 

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I have been contacted by several posters for my thoughts.  I struggled with coming back even on a limited basis to share them, yet I do not want to be antisocial to the good folks here.  Given that I decided to relent for one post.

 

The death -  Everyone wants to concentrate on the one officer with his knee on George Floyd's neck, because it is visual and shocking.  I agree.  it was beyond any lawful force.  it was beyond any color of law. it was punitive and officers are not authorized to be punitive.   He should have been fired, and was, and should be prosecuted, and is.  Some, those who do not understand the law, want 1st degree charged.  It seems more forceful to them and so more satisfying.  It is also likely not apt.  I believe he was correctly charged, more or less.

Now, as to the officers who where not front and center on the video.  Those officers where compressing his chest and his diaphragm, respectively.  They did not do something less heinous than Officer Chauvin. They are equally culpable and should be charged the same.  Anyone who has ever been at the bottom of a dog pile knows how hard it is to breath with folks on top of you.  Anyone who has every had their breath knocked out of them knows how hard it is to breath if you can't get your diaphragm working.  The outrage missed them a bit because of their lack of camera time, but they are equally culpable.  It may end up being that they are more culpable for the actual death.  It may turn out that Officer Chauvin was pinning him down so that they could or did crush the life from him like pressing with stone back in the days of the witch trials, who knows"

The officer standing bye, preventing aid to the dying man.  He had a duty too to intervene, on behalf of Mr. Floyd.  He should be charged with that and probably as aiding and abetting the death. 

The time delay in charging -   Folks want to argue this shows disparity.  They say that it is not like other probable cause charges.  I agree.  In other murder instances the evidence is usually not on film, the perpetrator is not known, and the perpetrator may be able to obscure evidence or flee.  They need to be captured and arrested immediately. Not so here. There is no evidence to obscure and no escape possible. Also, this is a matter of exceeding color of authority, a slightly different evaluation on intent, force, recklessness.  Still, I get it.  Here is and was my concern, if charges are brought due to public pressure to stop riots rather than based upon an evaluation of evidence it is extremely likely that defense attorneys will argue that the prosecution was not based upon evidence but public pressure.  That will not get the officers off, but it may well be sufficient for a change of venue so that these officers do not answer to their community.  I remember the Rodney King prosecution happening in Simi valley, a key to his acquittal.  That change of venue likely changed the outcome.  That was a mistake not to be repeated.

Protests -  I support them.  I like mine orderly, and informative, essentially teaching moments with a call to specific, productive action.  Protest that have their only message being four word slogans repeated ad nauseum do not appeal to me, but then maybe they are not meant to, and that too is fine.

Riots/Looting -  Not protesting.  it disgusts me.  It is unlawful, dangerous, damaging of individual businesses, hardworking persons, and communities.  I wonder, after a solid night of looting when the neighbors come over the next day to watch a movie do they comment on the new big screen T.V.?  BTW, looters and rioters, and even disruptive protestors, if you interfere with me or mine unlawfully do not be surprised at my response if it is also unruly.  When one precipitates a crisis it is the height of foolishness to then complain how I react to an unanticipated crisis. You had time to contemplate your response, me, not so much.

Police Reform - Attitude begins when they don  their modern armor, their uniforms.  Jack boots, mirror glasses to hide their eyes and humanity, combat fatigues essentially, multiple weapons, tough guy black leather gloves, often more, all in dark and intimidating colors.  How about no jack boots but just shoes.  No mirrored sunglasses and sunglasses must be off when interacting verbally  with citizens.  No black leather gloves.  Uniforms designed in less intimidating colors, Sherwood forest green perhaps or maybe seafoam.  Maybe they won't feel like warriors, but like civil servants.

Their guns should go back to revolvers so that they do not have shoot em up fantasies.  Six shots for defense. If the situation looks like it will call for more, or does, an arrest team with greater firepower should be available.  Whenever guns are drawn or even unsnapped that ought to send an immediate call to a supervisor and to an arrest control team. Lets work on this technology. The supervisor ought to be able to view their always on bodycam in real time upon that notification, so too the responding arrest control team.  The officer will then be encouraged to think tactically rather than respond aggressively.

There should be less Terry stops, less frisking of citizens generally and specifically in traffic stops, fishing for other offenses.  Citizens with a bit of weed on them should not have to consider running or resisting frisks and other charges when they jay-walked or ran a red light.  Take the ticket and move on.  In the same vein policies on arrest should be clarified.  Currently many forces have an arrest option on misdemeanors.  Options are open to discretion and discretion can be abused.  Misdemeanants ought to be ticketed and released on scene.  Felons ought to be taken into custody.  This would lead to less conflict.

Police vehicles should be a nonthreatening and high visibility color except for undercover vehicles.  Again, attitude carries throughout the day.

Police dogs should not be shepherds, rotties, pits, or any other large, intimidating animal absent control by a swat or arrest team.  Drug dogs, search and rescue dogs, bomb sniffers, tracking animals should be friendly, non-visually intimidating breeds, labs, retrievers, spaniels, poodles.  Again this about not presenting intimidating power unless and until it is needed.

Shifts.  Officers should have one shift each week where they will not be confronting the population.  They can work reports, interact positively, teach, whatever, but there should be some decompression time.  They also should work arrest positions for three months with a one month rotation away from that before returning.  

Training -  Ought to start with extensive exposure to films of what happens when it goes bad.  Films from this incident would be effective, so too from Rodney King, and from Ferguson and others.  They need to know how quickly things can conflate when they #### up.  Training needs to emphasize conflict resolution, not imposition of order by force.

Unions and Union contracts.  Cops should negotiate for whatever they can get.  Cities need to hold their last two yearly paychecks based upon whether they had to pay any settlements that year.  Settlement amounts should come from all officers, equally.  That way they will have an interest in having their membership not protect bad officers, but to eliminate them.  No settlements, great, they get paid in full.  Settlements, well it may be a lean Christmas.  Incentivize self policing of the police instead of closing the ranks around bad officers.

Recruiting - Tuition incentives or waivers for diversity hires so that they can get through POST training and academies.  If you want more of something, incentivize it.

Discipline - Should be with the Chief and the Chief's employment should be at will and subject to review by Council.  Chiefs should not have golden parachutes in their contracts. Chiefs should not fear the Unions when they discipline.  If their discipline is not adequate then they are directly answerable to their Councils and those politicians are, of course, answerable to the voters.  Bad officers will get removed.  Oh, discipline should be subject to open records requests.

 

Be nice to one another.  Cooperate with Joe a bit better, he is a pretty amiable host.

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I have been contacted by several posters for my thoughts.  I struggled with coming back even on a limited basis to share them, yet I do not want to be antisocial to the good folks here.  Given that I decided to relent for one post.

 

The death -  Everyone wants to concentrate on the one officer with his knee on George Floyd's neck, because it is visual and shocking.  I agree.  it was beyond any lawful force.  it was beyond any color of law. it was punitive and officers are not authorized to be punitive.   He should have been fired, and was, and should be prosecuted, and is.  Some, those who do not understand the law, want 1st degree charged.  it seems more forceful to them and so more satisfying.  it is also likely not apt.  I believe he was correctly charged, more or less.

Now, as to the officers who where not front and center on the video.  Those officers where compressing his chest and his diaphragm, respectively.  They did not do something less heinous than Officer Chauvin. They are equally culpable and should be charged the same.  Anyone who has ever been at the bottom of a dog pile knows how hard it is to breath with folks on top of you.  Anyone who has every had their breath knocked out of them knows how hard it is to breath if you can't get you9r diaphragm working.  The outrage missed them a bit because of their lack of camera time, but they are equally culpable.

The officer standing bye, preventing aid to the dying man.  He had a duty too to intervene, on behalf of Mr. Floyd.  he should be charged with that and probably as aiding and abetting the death. 

The time delay in charging  Folks want to argue this shows disparity.  They say that it is not like other probable cause charges.  I agree.  In other murder instances the evidence is usually not on film, the perpetrator is not known, and the perpetrator may be able to obscure evidence or flee.  Not so here.  Also, this is a matter of exceeding color of authority, a slightly different evaluation on intent, force, recklessness.  Still, I get it.  Here is and was my concern, if charges are brought due to public pressure to stop riots rather than based upon an evaluation of evidence it is extremely likely that defense attorneys will argue that the prosecution was not based upon evidence but public pressure.  That will not get the officers off, but it may well be sufficient for a change of venue so that these officers do not answer to their community.

Protests  I support them.  I like mine orderly, and informative, essentially teaching moments with a call to specific, productive action.  Protest that have their only message being four word slogans repeated ad nauseum do not appeal to me, but then maybe they are not meant to, and that too is fine.

Riots/Looting  Not protesting.  it disgusts me.  It is unlawful, dangerous, damaging of individual businesses, hardworking persons, and communities.  I wonder, after a solid night of looting when the neighbors come over the next day to watch a movie do they comment on the new bid screen T.V.?  BTW, looters and rioters, and even disruptive protestors, if you interfere with me or mine unlawfully do not be surprised at my response if it is also unruly.  When one precipitates a crisis it is the height of foolishness to then complain how I react to an unanticipated crisis. You had time to contemplate your response, me, not so much.

Police Reform

Attitude begins when they doff their modern armor, their uniforms.  Jack boots, mirror glasses to hide their eyes and humanity, combat fatigues essentially, multiple weapons, tough guy black leather gloves, often more, all in dark and intimidating colors.  How about no jack boots but just shoes.  No mirrored sunglasses and sunglasses must be off when interacting verbal  with citizens.  No black leather gloves.  uniforms designed in less intimidating colors, Sherwood forest green perhaps or maybe seafoam.  

Their guns should go back to revolvers so that they do not have shoot em up fantasies.  Six shoots for defense.  if the situation looks like it will call for more, or does, an arrest team with greater firepower should be available.  Whenever guns are drawn or even unsnapped that ought to send an immediate call to a supervisor and to an arrest control team.  The supervisor ought to be able to view their always on bodycam in real time up[on that notification, so to the responding arrest control team.  The officer will then be encouraged to think tactically rather than respond aggressively.

Police vehicles should be a nonthreatening and high visibility color except for undercover vehicles.  Again, attitude carries throughout the day.

Police dogs should not be shepherds, rotties, pits, or any other large, intimidating animal absent control by a swat or arrest team.  Drug dogs, search and rescue dogs, bomb sniffers, tracking animals should be friendly, non-visually intimidating breeds, labs, retrievers, spaniels, poodles.  Again this about not presenting intimidating power unless and until it is needed.

Shifts.  Officers should have one shift each week where they will not be confronting the population.  the can work reports, interact positively, teach, whatever, but there should be some decompression time.  They also should work arrest positions for three months with a one month rotation away from that before returning.

Training  Ought to start with extensive exposure to films of what happens when it goes bad.  Films from this incident would be effective, so too from Rodney King, and from Ferguson and others.  They need to know how quickly things can conflate when they #### up.  Training needs to emphasize conflict resolution, not imposition of order by force.

Unions and Union contracts.  Cops should negotiate for whatever they can get.  Cities need to hold their last two yearly paychecks based upon whether they had to pay any settlements that year.  Settlement amounts should come from all officers, equally.  That way they will have an interest in having their membership not protect bad officers, but to eliminate them.  No settlements, great, they get paid.  Settlements, well it may be a lean Christmas.

Recruiting - Tuition incentives or waivers for diversity hires so that they can get through POST training and academies.  

Discipline - should be with the Chief and the Chief's employment should be at will and subject to review by Council.  Chiefs should not have golden parachutes in their contracts. 

 

Be nice to one another.  Cooperate with Joe a bit better, he is a pretty amiable host.

Thank you GB. Please post more often. 

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2 minutes ago, bigbottom said:

Didn’t the Obama administration enact regulations to remove police access to certain military weapons of war?  I would think that would be something you would support. (Also, those regs were apparently rolled back by the Trump administration.)

Obama’s order actually carved out an exception for local police forces to acquire the Bearcats used in Ferguson.  

Images of police in armored vehicles patrolling the streets of Ferguson, Mo., last summer like soldiers in a war zone contributed to President Obama's executive order this week to curb the flow of military-grade gear to local law enforcement.

So it would be natural to assume the Massachusetts company that manufactured some of those $350,000 bulletproof trucks is worried about losing business.

It isn't.

The president's decision to curtail federal funding for what he called "equipment made for the battlefield" won't apply to certain vehicles made by Lenco Armored Vehicles in Pittsfield, whose eight-ton BearCats are used by all four military branches and rank among the most popular police SWAT trucks in the country. ..

The ban explicitly states that it only covers vehicles like tanks that "utilize a tracked system instead of wheels for forward motion," and the BearCat operates on wheels, not a track...

The exclusion of BearCats and similar wheeled vehicles from the new White House list of prohibited equipment could allow law enforcement agencies to continue buying them on Uncle Sam's dime — and using them on the scenes of protests like those in Ferguson, where Lenco trucks rolled through town with snipers on the roof, and more recently in Baltimore.

"We had a grand gesture of a presidential directive to rein in military armament, but every single item — including the armored personnel carriers — is toothless," said Peter Kraska, who studies police militarization as the graduate program chair at Eastern Kentucky University's School of Justice Studies. "They literally will lead to no changes."

Being slightly less awful than Trump isn’t good enough anymore.  Democrats have generally been fine to watch the police state spiral out of control.  It is largely Dem govs/mayors presiding over much of this.  The Dem House approves Trump’s massive military budgets and surveillance powers.  They are complicit and an equal part of the problem.  

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1 hour ago, Andy Dufresne said:

Be reasonable. You know it's just not the type of potentially dangerous situation you put the President in. 

A few days after the Kent State massacre in 1970 Richard Nixon went to the Lincoln Memorial and talked to anti-war protestors. 

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“Attorney General William P. Barr personally ordered law enforcement officials on the ground to extend the perimeter around Lafayette Square just before President Trump spoke Monday, a Justice Department official said.”

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1 hour ago, The General said:

What did Obama do to escalate this? Was it the tan suit?

what happened under his leadership, under his administration and presidency is his to own

he had 8 years to deescalate and yet here we are 3 1/2 years later, with maybe worse problems that I've seen in 25 years with the allowed violence/rioting/looting

again, in almost every year, after Obama tensions were worse than before those 8 years  

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1 hour ago, Andy Dufresne said:

Zero chance the Secret Service allows that. Absolutely none.

he's the President - he could have done it and it WOULD have been impressive

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Turns out only damage to one door at the donut shop, not broken windows everywhere as I feared. Things are very calm this morning. Hopefully they stay that way. 

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9 minutes ago, Insomniac said:

A few days after the Kent State massacre in 1970 Richard Nixon went to the Lincoln Memorial and talked to anti-war protestors. 

As a planned & controlled event, sure.

It's something Trump should do - but it wasn't going to happen the other night 

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1 hour ago, tri-man 47 said:

That's my thinking.   The SS could have allowed it to happen, but not with the risk of the hostility that would quite certainly have occurred. And so yes, that speaks volumes about the disconnect between Donald Trump and the American people.

Right....the SS has final say on all of that.  To overrule them there's a pretty lengthy process.  I have an inquiry in to my buddy on Pence's detail to see what that entails.  I'll report back what he says.  He was on Trump's travel detail at the very beginning and asked for a transfer off, so he got stuck with Pence.  Before that he was at Camp David.  He opines for that position today though during the time he was miserably bored most days.  :lol: 

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53 minutes ago, WDIK2 said:

Were any donuts missing?  :oldunsure: 

In the days before cameras everywhere cops loved a good looting , loved it.

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5 minutes ago, timschochet said:

Turns out only damage to one door at the donut shop, not broken windows everywhere as I feared. Things are very calm this morning. Hopefully they stay that way. 

As an aside is it an old school donut shop or a lousy chain

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14 minutes ago, Insomniac said:

A few days after the Kent State massacre in 1970 Richard Nixon went to the Lincoln Memorial and talked to anti-war protestors. 

If he went there today, he would see the Lincoln and War memorial covered with graffitti.  Maybe go to Saint Patricks Cathedral.  That was vandelized too.  Very classy.  

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13 minutes ago, Stealthycat said:

what happened under his leadership, under his administration and presidency is his to own

he had 8 years to deescalate and yet here we are 3 1/2 years later, with maybe worse problems that I've seen in 25 years with the allowed violence/rioting/looting

again, in almost every year, after Obama tensions were worse than before those 8 years  

What did he do to escalate tension?

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47 minutes ago, jon_mx said:

The cop was arrested and justice is going to be served.  In the later case there were no burning down of businesses, no looting, no violence.  The most violent protests tend to be from the left. 

The left coincidentally represents a majority of the people that are suffering Covid-19, mass unemployment, slashing of welfare state, being told to "return to work" with no health insurance or sick leave, and getting murdered and abused by police.  I'm struggling to remember what the grievances of the oppressed were the last time the "left" was in power nationally, I think it had to do with deficit spending?

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4 minutes ago, HellToupee said:

As an aside is it an old school donut shop or a lousy chain

Old school

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13 minutes ago, Stealthycat said:

what happened under his leadership, under his administration and presidency is his to own

he had 8 years to deescalate and yet here we are 3 1/2 years later, with maybe worse problems that I've seen in 25 years with the allowed violence/rioting/looting

again, in almost every year, after Obama tensions were worse than before those 8 years  

You didn't answer his question.  I know that's your shtick, but it's telling.  What we are seeing today in the streets isn't significantly different than what we saw in 1992 with Rodney King.  This has been going on for decades and decades.  Clearly that's something you don't want to acknowledge for whatever reason as you double down on "but Obama" at every opportunity.  

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13 minutes ago, Andy Dufresne said:

As a planned & controlled event, sure.

Not at all. It was early in the morning when he couldn't sleep. Later, he went to the capitol building. It was a very weird event.

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7 minutes ago, formerfourdigit said:

The left coincidentally represents a majority of the people that are suffering Covid-19, mass unemployment, slashing of welfare state, being told to "return to work" with no health insurance or sick leave, and getting murdered and abused by police.  I'm struggling to remember what the grievances of the oppressed were the last time the "left" was in power nationally, I think it had to do with deficit spending?

Seems like a short memory.  The BLM movement started during the Obama years.  The left were rioting over the same things, but those cases were a lot less clear cut than this one.  And cops were being targered by assassins.  

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