You would think all police departments would have a heightened awareness of their actions. If they are not moved by the imperative to do what is morally right, you’d think they would at least avoid horrible publicity. This morning’s news has even more examples of tragic actions by police, and it’s not all racist — some is simply the result of violent police tactics.
Here are just a few examples from the last day or so:
- at a protest march in Buffalo an elderly white man approaches a police officer, who shoves him out of the way and knocks him to the pavement; he hits his head and is seriously or fatally injured — the police then walk by leaving him on the ground
- police officer in Indianapolis grabs woman for no clear reason; when she breaks away, he and other police beat her with batons
- NYC police violently storm spectators watching the protest from the park, assault legal observers from National Lawyers Guild
- LAPD police assault people at protest
- Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman in New Brunswick (Canada) shot dead in ‘welfare check’
In other news, several members of the Minneapolis city council are exploring what it would take to disband or dissolve the police department there, which they say has become ‘ungovernable’. And the NYTimes printed an opinion piece that asks ‘If we’re going to speak of rioting protesters, then we need to speak of rioting police as well. ‘