Ralph E. Shaffer: The slaughter of young blacks by other civilians, often by fellow blacks, is a greater threat to the safety of black families in Southern California than the loss of life by police misconduct. Why are there no massive demonstrations against that?
Cheryl Dorsey: Here’s what contempt of cop looks like. A police officer finds you guilty of offending his sensibilities; you get smart; and then you pay. “Pay” can mean a traffic ticket, a trip to the hospital after a use of force incident, three-hots-and-a-cot after being booked for assault on a police officer, or death.
Michael T. Hertz: There is a deep divide in our country between those who think that our gun laws must be strengthened in order to prevent tragedies like 3-year-olds killing themselves.
Agnessa Kasumyan: The burglary led to the discovery of COINTELPRO, a counter-intelligence program that targeted activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and aimed to disrupt groups that the FBI, particularly Hoover, deemed a threat to national security.
Jonathan Simon: America’s war on crime has made local police forces the front-line troops of a relentless campaign to clear urban areas of those perceived to be a threat to public safety.
Mark Naison: This smothering, stifling police presence is THEIR REALITY, something they deeply resent not only for the fear it inspires, but for the message it sends about what the rest of the city and the rest of the nation thinks of them
Cheryl Dorsey: Unfortunately, death and a settlement are required before a police department is willing to step away from over-zealous, “I’m in fear for my safety” or “I was protecting the public,” police officers who kill.
Cheryl Dorsey: The female sergeant on scene had an affirmative responsibility to take control of the officers, the situation and thus Eric Garner. The sergeant failed.
Lance Simmens: The structural racism in American society today preordained that a decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown would inflame the raw passions evident in communities of color.
Cheryl Dorsey: As law enforcement officers we all understand that it’s not appropriate or justified to shoot someone just because they were trying to escape arrest. Deadly force is supposed to be a last resort – not the first resort.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Research over the last 100 years of resistance movements shows that when just 3.5% of the public mobilizes to support a movement for social, economic or environmental justice, it always wins. Many win with a smaller percentage, but no government can withstand 3.5% of the population working for transformative change.
Peter Bibring: Police violence is only one facet of a criminal justice system permeated with racial disparities, and that criminal justice system too often serves as a substitute for failures in education or mental health treatment.
Bruce Reilly: Every indicted person in St. Louis county should file a motion to dismiss their charges, citing “Equal Protection,” because they want the same grand jury treatment that Darren Wilson received from McCulloch.