Here’s what Canfield Court [in Ferguson, MO] looks like on Google’s street view: not exactly busy.
Knowing this, it appears to me that Officer Darren Wilson purposely & without cause provoked [Michael] Brown & [Dorian] Johnson by telling them to move to the sidewalk. (According to Johnson, Wilson shouted to them, “Get the fuck on the sidewalk.”) The fact that Wilson was cruising a residential street suggests that he was a neighborhood patrolman, someone who is supposed to establish rapport with residents & create a sense of public trust in the police. (“Get the fuck on the sidewalk” is not the best outreach initiative.)
Two black kids walking down the street equals “disobey me and I have a bullet with your name on it”-type sadistic police engagement.
Police are public servants for their community. They are not military in a foreign country.
Police are incapable of protecting people they do not respect.
St Louis Police would fail this test.
“ When the New York Times Magazine publishes a story about libertarians, it puts a picture of Paul on the cover. When veteran Washington Post reporter Dan Balz writes a story about the libertarian response to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, most of it is about Paul. Such attention isn’t completely misguided (I’m doing it right now!), because Paul is a national figure who wants to be president of the United States, and that makes him important. But Paul’s inescapable association with libertarianism shows the limits the philosophy faces if its adherents want to win political victories and not just intellectual satisfaction. ”
The political unicorn.
it actually is illegal. officers are required to wear their name tags for accountability purposes.
if a cashier can be penalized for being on the clock without a name tag, so can an officer. the biggest fucked up part about it is that you can’t even report it to their superiors because their superiors probably told them to remove their tags.
…at least until they are born. After that, they are on their own. Thanks, GOP!