FROM BEHIND THE WSJ PAYWALL
I Used to Sit for the National Anthem Too
But here’s the question: Is the ‘police brutality’ that NFL players are protesting based in reality?
By Jason L. RileySept. 26, 2017 6:13 p.m. ET
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An increase in press coverage of police shootings isn’t the same thing as an increase in police shootings.
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As a vet and a little L libertarian, I am conflicted.
I respect that the Dead Old White Guys and lot of good young women and men have sacrificed lives, blood, tears, and sweat for the ideal the Flag and Anthem represent.
I also know that the ideal is long gone and that freedom and liberty are barely holding on.
So what should one do.
Boycott the NFL?
Seems a silly response. Respect the views being expressed — whatever they are — damned if I know.
OR — “Move along, people. Nothing to see here. Go home, you looky-loos.” Officer Barbrady’s Catch Phrase South Park
I think the reasonable approach is to: demilitarize the police, require a uniform police reporting system for officer involved shootings, and transparency.
For example, why aren’t police body cams and car cams ever off?
(Sidenote: I think that politicians and bureaucrats should have to wear them 24/7 also. Remember ABSCAM?)
For example, a felon recently used a gun and it was reported that he was released after 4 years of a 5 year “felon in possession” offense. Sorry DJT45 should pass the word — on “felon in possession”, no plea deals, vigorous prosecution, opposition to any early release, and federal time for such. That should “disarm” the bad guys.
For example, let’s have a DOJ review of any officer involved shooting, which if warranted should be prosecuted by the DOJ in a federal court.
For example, let’s put pressure on the various State and City Gooferments to protect their citizens. The murder rate in Chicago specifically is unacceptable.
With those reforms, let’s see if there is a real problem or if it’s just “optics”.
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