Sunday, November 8, 2020

Do Leftist Democrats Really Think Life Would Be More Pleasant Without Cops Around? Defunding law enforcement won't pay off

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Do leftist Democrats really think life would be more pleasant without cops around?
My deadline for this column is Tuesday afternoon so obviously I could not report on Tuesday’s elections. I know, I know, the mainstream media already had their stories about Tuesday’s presidential elections written weeks ago. It was a Biden landslide.
Donald Trump is already packing his bags and leaving town, but where will he retreat to? The entire world is left-wing now. Even Monaco has gone left. Maybe the former president can retreat to Moscow with his old friend Vladimir Putin. Possibly we shall see them playing golf together. One thing is certain, Donald will be smiling. I have never seen a man who had so much fun running for office, and his voice never cracked. Remember I said it. Donald just ran the most vigorous campaign since Bob Kennedy’s tragically truncated 1968 campaign.
So, without Tuesday’s big story to write about, what am I to do? Well, given the mobs in the streets that have been forming for weeks, I am sure the police will be active. I hope no one is hurt, especially among the police. They come from homes just like you and me. They have children and spouses. Some are coming home today with aches and pains, all acquired from their work in the line of duty. I hope they have no more serious wounds than aches and pains, and, of course, I hope their adversaries have no more serious wounds. Yet their adversaries can avoid injury by staying at home. The police cannot stay at home. They have to take to the streets to protect property and pedestrians. Thank God for the police. --->READ MORE HERE
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Defunding law enforcement won't pay off, enriching how officers communicate with citizens will:
We don’t yet have a vaccine for COVID-19, but there is an antidote for mistrust and misunderstandings in the justice system. What if we could improve the quality of communications between police officers and others in positions of authority — and those over whom they exercise it?
Progress requires a communications paradigm that is courteous and reinforces trust, thereby achieving the desired result through motivation rather than force. Evidence suggests this will translate into positive outcomes, whether it is greater cooperation with police or reduced criminal activity.
Communications between those in authority and those they speak with occur both in the context of initial and serial encounters. When police come upon suspects or a probation officer first meets the person they will be supervising, it is usually a conversation between two strangers. This is the focus of Malcolm Gladwell’s new book “Talking to Strangers.”
The book was inspired by the tragic case of Sandra Bland, a Black woman arrested after being pulled over for a broken taillight; she later committed suicide while in jail. Mr. Gladwell unpacks the interaction that was caught on video, demonstrating how the tone and substance of the officer’s words escalated the situation unnecessarily. This led to Bland becoming agitated and being arrested. --->READ MORE HERE

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