— Gandalf (The Chronicles of Narnia)
By Lemony Snicket
Anonymous said: this is about people wanting JUSTICE for a boy who was MURDERED in cold fucking blood. please stop being so ignorant with your "not all cops" bullshit
Uhm excuse me, but no. GENERALIZING AN ENTIRE GROUP IS WRONG NO MATTER WHAT GROUP YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS NOT A HARD CONCEPT. And if you’re attacking ALL cops because of one, you aren’t talking about justice, you’re talking about revenge. So please, don’t be so ignorant.
-the Polish one
Sorry, but no. This is like the whole #yesallwomen ad #notallmen debate, Not all cops are bad news. Not all cops are racist. But enough are that especially if you’re a person of color, you have to assume that the cop is probably going to hassle you for no reason until you have reason to believe otherwise.
Look, I’m of the demographic that theoretically has the least to fear from cops. I’m straight, white, male, middle-aged and have a middle-class income. And I’ve been hassled by cops for no reason, so I know if it’s happened to me, it’s happening to lots of other people who don’t have my level of privilege.
Put simply, I don’t trust a police officer until I have positive reason to do so. I understand that we must have police forces in a civil society, and I wish I could give all cops the benefit of the doubt, but given their actions time and time again in all the parts of the country where I’ve lived (all three coasts and the middle), it would be foolish of me to trust blindly. If the police want that kind of trust, they have to earn it, and right now they’re doing a collectively shitty job.
I don’t know, but I can tell you what I fear. The fact that Ferguson is calm now with the state troopers in place shows that the Ferguson PD was the largest part of the problem. The fact that the St. Louis county Prosecuting Attorney is incensed at Governor Nixon for moving the state troopers is also not a good sign. At this point I would not be surprised if nothing at all happens to the cop who murdered Mike Brown. I hope I’m wrong on that, but I won’t be surprised.
What I so expect to happen is that once the state troopers go back to their regular duties, once the Ferguson PD resumes control, I think there will be some payback. I think that department, unless it’s purged and rebuilt, will double down on its treatment of POC. And because we will have all moved on to the next story, we won’t hear abut it or protest it or get at what’s necessary to keep it from happening again.
And that is fucking depressing.