This is hardly new. After the melee at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the office of Attorney General Ramsey Clark’s investigation claimed what happened in Chicago was a police riot. But then the incoming Nixon administration (in collusion with outgoing Johnson administration officials) used the events in Chicago as a pretext for framing antiwar leaders on trumped-up conspiracy charges.
By Anthony Fisher
- In cities across America this past weekend, many police officers committed acts of violence, callously violated citizens’ rights, and abandoned the rule of law.
- There’s an institutional rot at the heart of policing in this country, which stems from privileges afforded to law-enforcement officers that allow them to break the law, abuse their authority, and hurt innocent people.
- The Supreme Court has the opportunity to squash “qualified immunity” for police officers, but even that wouldn’t be enough.
- Police unions almost universally resist any measures at transparency and accountability, and it is far too easy for bad cops to either stay on the job or find new law-enforcement jobs after they’ve been fired.
- Democrats need to get over their reflexive pro-union posture, and Republicans should drop their knee-jerk fealty to armed authority, and defend the civil liberties of Americans.