ACAB comes with the territory – can policing (ever) change

Community policing can happen even if it’s been talked about for half a century against a backdrop of paramilitary enforcement and military intelligence. Sadly, the change must be serious and even more radical, requiring even greater defunding/retraining and anti-corruption.

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— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) July 27, 2020

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— NPR (@NPR) July 28, 2020

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— NoisyCrowBro (@NoisyCrowBro) July 27, 2020

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— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) July 27, 2020

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— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) July 28, 2020

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— Rene Denfeld (@ReneDenfeld) July 26, 2020

  • I've sat in rooms with police leadership who spoke with absolute contempt about the following: reporters, politicians, prosecutors (they hate most prosecutors and see them as weak), social workers, judges. They respect no one. (2)
  • The police culture isn't just racist and sexist. It's a culture that reviles any authority besides themselves. While currently they support the GOP, this could easily change, because they have zero allegiance to anyone but other police. (3)
  • It's important to note that police culture is not built on tenets. It's actually a highly emotional culture built on emotions. Anger, resentment, defensiveness, fear. It's purposeless and constantly seeking reason to exist. (4)
  • This is what makes this moment dangerous. It's not just police cooperating with feds. It's police realizing that they can openly defy those they scorn, whether citizens or local politicians. Since they scorn everyone you see where this leads. (5)
  • What does it mean when you have heavily armed police forces operating in every city and town in the USA, defying local authorities to do as they please? It means we are in a watershed moment that may end very badly for democracy. (6)

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— Randi Rhodes (@RandiRhodes) July 28, 2020

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