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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Not Actual Change, but Maybe the Beginning of Change

Most of us understand that being a cop is a lousy job, one that most of us don’t want even after growing up watching a million movies and TV shows about cops. Maybe nothing has changed, but for a moment at least, things seem to have changed. That has to count for something. Maybe a cop will take a split second to consider that he may go to jail for murder, and make police understand that we have a complicated legal system of which they are a small part and that they, too are bound by the laws of this system.

The George Floyd case was quite different that the almost countless police shootings of civilians, both armed and unarmed. It seems that it’s the gun angle we’ll need to address soon if it’s real change we are after. We need fight against the aggressive gun culture of America, from gun control laws to how violence is shown in TV and movies. And we need to really ask ourselves if police should always be armed.

I’m not saying that I know what the answer will be, I’m just saying that the question needs to be asked and studied. The dramatic militarization of the police in recent years comes at a time when violent crime has been decreasing. So why are the police gearing up for a new civil war? Do they know something we don’t?

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