From WSJopinion: We ask officers to do a vital, delicate job on four to six months’ training. That’s not nearly enough, writes peggynoonannyc.
We ask officers to do a vital, delicate job on four to six months’ training. That’s not nearly enough.
May 27, 2021 7:03 pm ETCongress and the White House are trying to overhaul police practices. By tradition in such efforts the obvious will likely be overlooked, so here is the obvious:Violent crime is rising in almost every major American city, after decades of falling. Police departments are in crisis, battered by charges of abuse, targeted for cuts, many struggling under recent bail-reform laws. Officers are demoralized. From the New York Post one month ago: “More than 5,300 NYPD uniformed officers retired or put in their papers to leave in 2020—a 75 percent spike from the year before.” In Philadelphia they’re struggling with a shortage of recruits and a similar surge in retirements. “People don’t want to be police anymore,” a local chief told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
All this happened after America watched the cellphone video of the extinguishing of the life of George Floyd one year ago, by an officer, Derek Chauvin, who posed through much of the tape with his hand on his thigh, the picture of brute nonchalance.An incident so horrifying can and will stop America in its tracks, causing nationwide convulsion—protests, riots, burning of businesses.
One bad cop can stop a great nation in its tracks. A plumber, an accountant, a movie star can’t kick America off its axis. A bad cop can. Read more: The Wall Street Journal »
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opinion Peggynoonannyc .. and deploy military?!!!! opinion Peggynoonannyc I agree with that. It is impossible to train people on the period of time suggested for a delicate job in Wall Street. I would take a longer period of time to achieve the best results. opinion Peggynoonannyc No. Defang the unions that protect bad cops.
opinion Peggynoonannyc Better training/better combat (hand to hand combat)/better mental health services opinion Peggynoonannyc Defunding the police will enable militias to justify militias stepping in to 'protect' the public. Maybe it will be homeland security: an armed agency answering not to Congress, like the military, but only the president