Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Police’

Without a Legislative and Regulatory Reform Agenda, Police Reform Related to Deadly Force and the Suppression of Evidence Will Fail

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

So far, activists protesting the killing of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police have naively generated no viable legislative or regulatory change agenda.

Without such an agenda, in the end all their public demonstrations will be for naught, and some day, there will be another such killing, and another such suppression of evidence by rogue police. So far, hucksters and anarcho-tourists without any real legislative or regulatory agenda have dominated the activist response, which means that, in the end, all the activism is about them, and not about lasting, effective change.

Much more formality needs to be added to the process for police to acquire security video from the proximity of crime scenes, so that such acquisitions are a matter of public record and that the data are protected. Police hiding and/or alteration / destruction of video and phone records related to any crime should be subject to stringent federal penalties, both to the perpetrators and to the offending police department.

Police internal regulations can also be changed, as can the law governing the use of deadly force, in order to limit deadly force and in order to protect evidence. Now is the time to obtain commitments from mayors, governors, legislators, and regulators, for real legislative and regulatory change. The activists instead are focusing on replacing officials without demanding a legislative and regulatory change agenda.

But as is often the case in political action, identity maintenance supporting the egos of the activists or supporting their favored candidates and not supporting real legislative or regulatory change is dominating the scene.

Until the activists go back to school on how to change laws and to change regulations, they will remain glorious failures, and in the end will have accomplished nothing of substance. What a lost opportunity!

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Aphorism XLII

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Public space set aside permanently for ongoing, overnight anarchy (of whatever political persuasion) inevitably leads to violence.

Violence under these conditions is inevitable, because such continuous assignment of public space allows anarchist elements to mass through the process of anarcho-tourism and to progress to their logically violent conclusion.

Chicago learned its lesson on this point a long time ago, as just about any Chicago Police officer is willing to announce:

“Da bahrgk glozez atd levven B-M.”

Translation: “The park closes at 11 PM.”

Or simply: “Da bahrgk iz glozedt.”

Translation: “The park is closed.”

Freedom of assembly does not include the freedom to camp out on public property not assigned for camping use.

This simple stricture–no overnight camp-outs in city parks not designated for such use–will greatly allay the rise of another Weather Underground on the Far Left or of fascist mob rule on either the Far Left or the Far Right.

Such a stricture still allows for social movements to peacefully gather in civic public places during the daylight hours.

For more, please see my Aphorism on anarcho-tourism, or anarchotourism.

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