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originally posted by: TheLead
As soon as a white man shoots a black man for any reason there will be a public lynching.
originally posted by: AgarthaSeed
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: AgarthaSeed
To be fair. . . .
The City Council will be putting up signs stating that all areas are "Crime-Free" Zones.
So it'll be okay.
If you notice, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc. haven't touched this story yet today....
.....because their mental gymnasts haven't found a way to spin into something remotely logical yet.
originally posted by: Blaine91555
originally posted by: AgarthaSeed
I've yet so see a compelling argument as to how and why this will work. So if anyone on ATS has any insight on the proposed nuts and bolts of this plan, by all means....share.
I actually heard quite a compelling argument today. First you have to get beyond the Right vs Left screaming match.
"Defund Police" is actually not a proposal to do away with the police and if people ignore the noise and listen it's rather logical.
The idea as I gather it, is more of a reorganization from the ground up.
Police are often used for things they should not be involved in. There are times when a person with a badge and a gun are the wrong answer. One example was responding to a person with a known mental illness. Rather than having a cop show up, scare them, anger them and make matters worse, a mental health professional would instead respond. A person with the knowledge and skill needed to deal with the person and defuse the situation.
I frankly don't know yet how I feel about idea's like that one. I do know if people stop yelling at each other and stop letting the media do the thinking for us, perhaps there is something to this idea. The partisan media is not exactly presenting the idea's logically for discussion.
It may be time to tune out the media and the party propaganda from both sides and have real conversations about new idea's. We will always need the police as they are now to deal with the bad guys, but maybe, just maybe, it's time to rethink how they are used. First though, the divide to control media and politicians, need to step aside and listen to peoples idea's.
There could be a system of first responders similar to a police force but they should be members of the community, not living in suburbs," said Jordan, another protester from St. Paul. “I think most the jobs that police do can be done by social workers. Let’s hire more social workers and pay them a really good living wage.”
"As we strengthen community networks and relationships there will be us looking out for one another so there will be fewer robberies and break-ins and such," said Erika Thorne of Minneapolis.
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
Many of you ar acting so smug over this, but have you actually thought about what it means if it works?
It is undeniable that we have over-equipped our police and made sure there are little to no repercussions when they negligently use those military-grade tools.
You could argue this is just the pendulum swinging back after giving the police a reckless amount of power. At the same time it is also bringing law enforcement back to the community level. Something I have seen many long for.