Since the death of George Floyd, police officers have been sacrificed at the altar of TV media. Two of the four officers who were involved in Floyd's arrest, and charged with felonies, were rookies with less than one week on the street. They were backing up their field training officer who was out of control. This begs the question, why was this officer, who supposedly had a lengthy track record of complaints, training rookie officers?
Then we have two Buffalo, NY, police officers who have been charged with assaulting an elderly demonstrator who went down as the police started to clear the street. Like the George Floyd video, the TV media shows the video over and over again. What they are not showing is what likely happened just prior to the incident. Prior to a crowd control sweep, an announcement is made that the assembly is unlawful and the area must be cleared. The announcement is usually made several times. t is the demonstrator's responsibility to clear the area. If the announcement was not made, then the police commander on the scene is responsible, not the officers who pushed the demonstrator.
In New York City where the police are charged with enforcing a curfew imposed by the mayor, the district attorney has decided not to prosecute those cases. What a conundrum.
Now we have some people wanting to defund the police. So who do you call, ghostbusters?
James Brock, Brookings