Tom Hastings: Most black people who shoot at cops do not live to be tried and when they are they are almost invariably convicted. Most cops who kill black people, armed or unarmed, have utter confidence that they will never be charged
Cheryl Dorsey: Let’s not pretend that the horrific police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge were a direct result of BLM protests. Let’s stop pretending the police don’t have a role to play in all of this violence.
Walter Moss: Today, as in April 1968, our country is divided between those who worsen racial relations and block taking constructive measures against violence and those, in the King-Kennedy mold, who encourage more racial understanding and nonviolence.
Dick Price: Yes, we need better police officer training—the outrages this week, like other prominent ones in the past, displayed deplorable police tactics for dealing with the public.
Angela James and Melina Abdullah: The brutal treatment of pregnant women, as well as the abusive treatment of gender nonconforming men and women, must all be giving the same value as we assert that in fact, ALL #BlackLivesMatter. #SayHerName
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.