Jessie Daniels: What no one will say when a cop gets killed is that this death is collateral damage in the trillion dollar failed war on drugs and its twin, mass incarceration.
Kevin Zeese: Police need to be empowered so they do not fear speaking up when they see misbehavior by their colleagues. Cops who believe in equal justice who recognize that serving the community is their function should be encouraged.
Jonathan Simon: We need something like the police, but not “the police” as we’ve known them. Police are important, but they are not like air. We can live without them when that is necessary. And we can reinvent them.
David Love: If the NYPD treats the mayor this bad in public, imagine what they do to black men when no one is looking.
Herbert Dyer, Jr: This movement must not rest and must not retreat. It must not take even the slightest respite. It may acknowledge the two cops’ deaths – but within the context and during the continuing protests.
Soya Jung: From the War on Crime to the War on Drugs to the War on Terror, increasingly, this us-versus-them way of sorting humanity is what “makes” race today, by dictating whose lives are safeguarded by the alleged American promise of freedom and democracy, and whose are not.
Bruce Reilly: The NYPD is stopping more Black and Latino people than actually live in the city, harassing nearly 700,000 people last year alone.Statistics show that the more you Stop and Frisk, the less crime goes down.
Sharon Kyle: In a surprise sweep in New York City, while many of the Occupiers were asleep, the New York City Police Department entered the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park and cleared it out.