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Re: “Hologram of George Floyd Unveiled in Richmond

Style should decide if it is a real journalistic publication or some third-rate community tabloid: Last I checked, it is still the Lee Monument, not the Marcus Peters circle. Demonstrators and squatters can call it whatever they want, but they're not the city and their description is meaningless and should not be countenanced by any publication that aims to be even half reputable. And it is pretty stupid to do so.

As for the police reforms now being worked on, I'm sure the RVA City Council means well but both the civilian review board and the "marcus alert" are sure to be problematic. First, who's to say that someone is having a mental health crisis when the only information comes from a 911 call? Let's get real. I mean, if someone has already been diagnosed with mental issues/problems, and the 911 caller conveys that to the police (or can mention that the individual is on a specific medication for a mental problem), then, yea, you could send a mental-health professional, maybe. But if the individual causing a disturbance--or posing a threat--has no documented history of mental health problems, then nobody knows what the hell is going on: The individual could be having a mental problem--or he could just be high, drunk, angry--all of the above. And that is often the case with people acting "crazy." There will be all sorts of complications--especially if some mental-health professional finds himself/herself dealing with somebody merely high on drugs who could have a weapon or pose a threat to him or others. These situations are always complicated--a fact lost on the idiots who like to pretend that urban policing is so straight-forward and simple. The police make mistakes, of course--but they also deal with all manner of law-breaking and craziness, and so while the "marcus alert" is certainly well-intentioned, in practice it will probably prove a mess. Assessing an individual's mental health requires a serious evaluation by a professional in a professional setting. You aren't getting that on the street, so let's be real about that.

Same with the civilian review board: To say that there will be tension and disagreement between the police and a group of civilians who want to poke around in police business and tell the police how to operate, or what some officers did wrong, when they have no real experience with the issues and challenges of law enforcement, is an understatement. It's a major conflict waiting to happen.Nobody likes outsiders poking around in their business--least of all people who have no experience in their business.

I'm not saying that these reform ideas are not worth a go--but let's hope nobody is naive enough to think that there aren't going to be serious issues related to implementation. I'm sorry George Floyd was killed--it was terrible--but there's been a massive overreaction to that incident, IMO.

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Posted by kazoo on 07/31/2020 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Race Capitol Roundtable


Yea, but police are the problem, right?

Posted by kazoo on 07/23/2020 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Changing of the Guard

Nobody believes in the reduction of the nuclear family. Stop talking nonsense.

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Posted by kazoo on 07/18/2020 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Changing of the Guard

A lot if not most of lawbreaking derives in some form or fashion from poverty. Now, we could talk/argue all night about the reasons for poverty. You seem to be asserting that social-welfare programs--"handouts"--promote law-breaking. That is absolute nonsense.

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Posted by kazoo on 07/17/2020 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Changing of the Guard

Lawlessness is a social problem. It has nothing to do with a political party.

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Posted by kazoo on 07/17/2020 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Changing of the Guard

Public safety doesn't need to be "reimagined." The obvious way to improve public safety is for people to stop committing crimes. Stoney and African American activists can't bring themselves to admit that black criminal behavior is the heart of the matter--not the cops enforcing the laws. They'd have us believe that black men would all be out visiting grandma to eat cherry pie were it not for all those racist cops hassling them. It's complete nonsense--excuse-making.

Are there incidents of excessive force? Unnecessary shootings? Yes, there are. Cops are human beings. They make mistakes. Sometimes bad ones. There are some 700,000 of them on the streets in America every day having all manner of interactions with many tens of thousands of people, many of whom have broken laws. There will always be an obvious tension between those who want to act irresponsibly or criminally in public and those charged with keeping people from breaking laws or arresting people who do--fundamental nature of the job. And that tension increases dramatically when people mouth off to the police, or resist arrest, etc. And that happens a LOT. It's a tough, stressful job--and it's quite obvious that some cops crack. It's insulting to see our hack mayor get hysterical after an incident in Minnesota, and after protestors come out in RVA, and immediately betray his own department with a bunch of shallow rhetoric about how police are the problem--and doubly so when in fact the RVA police have a good record--they're community minded, by and large, and complaints are few. RVA police officers should tell Stoney to get lost. You can do all the political posturing you want to impress the community, but at the end of the day you are either enforcing laws or you aren't--and nearly every citizen whose not inclined to break laws wants them enforced.

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Posted by kazoo on 07/16/2020 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Race Capitol Roundtable

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences created a database of 917 officer-involved fatal shootings in 2015 from more than 650 police departments. Fifty-five percent of the victims were white, 27 percent were black, and 19 percent were Hispanic.

And I saw this today:

White Americans make up around 62 percent of the population, but 49 percent of those killed by police officers.Black Americans make up 13 percent of the population, but represent 24 percent of those killed by police officers."

While Black Americans are involved in two times more police shootings than their percentage of the population would seem to warrant, they commit 53% of murders and 60% of robberies — well over four times their percentage of the population.

Police don't go looking for people to shoot. In shooting situations, police are confronting crime suspects. If a group commits more crimes, its representation in police shootings will predictably reflect its representation in crimes committed.

Most of the anti-police rhetoric we hear from black activists is nonsense. Yes, we've all seen horrible incidents of police brutality, and I condemn it like everyone else--bad cops should be prosecuted. But this narrative that the police are out to get blacks is BS. Black activists hate the police but refuse to acknowledge that vast amount of criminal behavior by blacks that creates these situations in the first place.

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Posted by kazoo on 07/15/2020 at 12:44 PM

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