Eileen Lindeen: The “new” idea of training in conflict de-escalation or conflict resolution for police just now being suggested by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel comes too late for too many.
Steven Singer: What a bunch of cowards we are if we don’t demand police publicly explain themselves when they kill another human being – especially someone who posed them no bodily harm!
Jasmyne Cannick: There seems to be an unwritten rule for prosecutors that dictates that only the most liable officer shall be charged and that’s if any charges are filed at all in these officer involved killings.
Tom Hastings: The crisis in our country of police killing unarmed people, coupled with the crisis of a hyperarmed civil society engaging in approximately one mass shooting per day, is absolutely begging and crying and screaming for a new direction.
Cheryl Dorsey: Why would an officer feel justified in shooting someone simply because they ran? I’ll tell you why—because over the years these officers have been able to get away with murder, literally.
Brent Budowsky: What was striking in Indiana and Arkansas — and across America — was how the business community joined rights advocates and many Main Street voters supporting the simple justice of equal rights for gays.
Cheryl Dorsey: How and why would a police department knowingly hire a police officer who has demonstrated a proclivity toward aggressive behavior, potential emotional/mental instability, and a wanton disregard for adhering to organizational policy and procedure?
Peter Bibring: If an officer is inclined to lie or distort the truth to justify a shooting, showing an officer the video evidence before taking his or her statement allows the officer to lie more effectively, and in ways that the video evidence won’t contradict.
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?
Sikivu Hutchinson: Given the fever pitch xenophobia, nativism and anti-undocumented immigrant hysteria in the U.S., it is no surprise that the Anaheim school’s Seniores event was allowed to roll on for three years with virtually no incident or protest.
Anthony Samad: In the first week of the Oscar Grant – Johannes Mehserle trial, all five black juror prospects were dismissed. The racial make up of the jury was 100% non-black.