As I would have predicted, the System’s response to the insurrection is to call for greater centralization of the police state, which “progressives” are happy to oblige. Some examples from the article:
Charles H. Ramsey, a former chief in the District and Philadelphia and co-chair of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, said perhaps the biggest obstacle to nationwide change is the unwieldy way in which police departments are organized. With every city, town, state and county fielding its own force, he said, it’s hard to standardize training and policies.
“Regionalizing them would be a solid first step,” Ramsey said. “But then you get into the politics. Every county and every mayor; they want their own police force, they want their own chief.”
“With so many police departments, it is important that there is federal action,” said Vanita Gupta, a former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Even the “Defund the Police” talk needs to be approached with some degree of skepticism. It seems that some such proposals merely want to replace the conventional police with armies of social workers, which may actually have the effect of entrenching soft totalitarianism to an even greater degree. Also, there is not going to be any “defunding” for the federal alphabet soup agencies, police in affluent suburban areas, or private police in gated communities. Instead, the army of social workers will simply be the latest control mechanism that is imposed on the lower socioeconomic strata.
By Kimberly Kindy, Michael Brice-Saddler
The Washington Post
Glimmers of hope have emerged for Americans demanding action on police violence and systemic racism in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, the black man who gasped for air beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer last month.
All four officers involved have been fired and charged in his death, a far more rapid show of accountability than has followed similar killings of unarmed black people. Massive, diverse crowds have filled streets nationwide, sometimes with politicians and law enforcement officials marching and kneeling alongside. Legislation banning chokeholds and other forms of force have been passed by local governments. And on Monday, congressional Democrats plan to roll out a sweeping package of police reforms on Capitol Hill.
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