The Wednesday Read

Quote of the day:

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Confucius.

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Defund the Police
  • Buffalo Protester
  • Rexburg Idaho

DEFUND THE POLICE:

I am against defunding the police. It’s a crazy idea that some on the right and the left don’t understand. It’s already a political tool and that just muddies the water.

I do think it’s time for police departments to have some redirection so they can better serve and protect. Like any organization, police departments have some strong and weak performers.

With the recent murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, one of the first issues that need to be addressed is the use of force. It was very simple back when I was a police officer in the military. You use the amount of force necessary to stop the threat – a reasonable amount of force. That includes using deadly force if necessary. Some police departments need additional training on the use of force.

Something that needs to be entrenched in each officer is that everything they do is probably being recorded. They need to act accordingly.

Today, police departments are child care providers, mental health counselors, social workers, medics, animal control specialists, etc. Most officers are not qualified to perform these duties, but the local police department has become the “go-to place” in many communities. The officers are stretched thin.

One of my pet peeves is the local police departments wasting time writing tickets for cell phone use while driving. Sure you can make an argument that it makes us safer, but I would rather have them devote more time to catching drunk drivers than someone chatting on a cell phone while driving 30 miles per hour.

Many cities and towns all across the USA are going to take a long look at what their police departments do. I suggest they provide funding to have an independent group take a look at the police departments from the bottom up to see what they can do better and see what they can stop doing.

BUFFALO PROTESTER:

The Washington Post (WaPo) reported that President Trump sparked another uproar Tuesday with a tweet endorsing the baseless conspiracy theory that a 75-year-old protester in Buffalo, seen on video being pushed to the ground by police last week, could have been part of a “set up” coordinated by anti-fascist demonstrators.

It has been reported numerous times that two Buffalo police officers have been charged with assault after footage showed them shoving Martin Gugino to the ground and blood pooling on the sidewalk below his head. Gugino has been transferred out of intensive care but remains hospitalized.

According to WaPo:

Trump cited a report by One America News Network, a tiny conservative cable outlet that reported on speculation appearing on a blog called the Conservative Treehouse.

A post on the blog suggests Gugino appeared to be using a police scanner on his phone, which it said is a common tactic of Antifa, the loosely affiliated anti-fascist movement Trump has blamed for violence at protests of the death of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis. Trump said Gugino “could be an ANTIFA provocateur,” writing that he was “pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to blackout the equipment.”

I’ve watched the video of the incident several times. I first wondered why Gugino kept walking toward the police line when the police line was clearly moving toward him and he could not go that way. Second, why did he reach out and try to touch the police officer, which is a no-no? That’s when he was shoved.

I don’t think it was a fireable offense.

I doubt Gugino was part of Antifa. There’s a better chance he was a member of AARP.

REXBURG IDAHO:

I have been following and praying for these two children. Sadly, they may be dead.

The UPI reports that police on Tuesday arrested an Idaho “doomsday” author, Chad Daybell, whose wife, Lori Vallow, is in custody in connection with the disappearance of her two children, after investigators found evidence of human remains on his property. Daybell was taken into custody after investigators with a search warrant used backhoes to dig near his Rexburg, Idaho, home.

The children are Tylee Ryan, age 17, and Joshua, “J.J.” Vallow, age 7.

The whole story is quite shocking.

It angers me that we have people in our society who can murder innocent children and go on with their lives as these two did. It appears they murdered others, too.

You can read the full story from the UPI HERE.

 

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2 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. I think law enforcement officers must be licensed by the state no different than barbers and manicurists. I think those license databases must be regularly updated among the states to make sure LEOs with low standards can’t pollute some other agency. I think that what Camden NJ has done is worth considering, also there is a model in Oregon showing good results.

    The Oregon model speaks directly to your concern: Today, police departments are child care providers, mental health counselors, social workers, medics, animal control specialists, etc. Most officers are not qualified to perform these duties, but the local police department has become the “go-to place” in many communities. The officers are stretched thin.

    We also need to take away all of their cheap military toys and robo-cop equipment. The cops escalated with violence against what was a peaceful protest last week before trump’s photo op. Their collective leash needs to be shortened, far too many of them are bullies with badges.

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