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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 07:45 PM

10. Better proposal.

Have use of body cameras required on all interactions with the public.

Nobody--that would include you--would like having a condition of work be perpetual suspicion, with everything you do and say from the time you punch in to the time you punch out open to FOIA requests. It's a bad practice in any workplace. It earns the employer a deserved dollop of resentment and hate.

Also ramp down the zero-tolerance heavy handed punishment. We don't like zero tolerance applied to us or "ours". If a kid in high school's first offense at back-talk resulted in two weeks of suspension, we'd be incensed. If you're perfect, say so. Then we can all genuflect and utter prayers to the correct deity. Otherwise a bit of humility is in order because, as a mere imperfect human, you make mistakes like the rest of us. But what usually happens is that if they make mistakes, they make mistakes; if we make mistakes, "Mistakes happened"--a nice medio-passive to remove responsibility.

Much of the difficulty in police-community relations in the last 20 years has come from precisely the "broken windows", zero-tolerance policy which was a response to conditions on the ground. This policy has, sadly, corrupted a lot of liberal thinking--whether classical liberal or progressive-liberal. We're all authoritarians now. Then again, many of us have always been authoritarians, we just don't like acknowledging it.

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