Response to the Louisville Metro Council's Assault on Police Chief Conrad
Here's the article outlining the assault. Er, meeting. The short video at the top of the article is informative.
THE PROBLEM: Violence in Louisville neighborhoods.
Dear Louisville citizens, LOOK OUT. Your Metro Council just instructed your police chief to give his cops free rein.
Let's start with Chief Conrad's fantastic and noteworthy response: "I do support [my officers]. I do have their back. That said, I have a long list of expectations. They will treat people right. They will treat people with respect. They will treat people in a constitutional manner.”
Too bad, Chief, your cops don't like that approach. Your "force" wants to be able to "do their jobs" which requires "removing the constraints." I'm wondering what exactly the job is that requires NOT treating people in a constitutional manner?
Apparently cops have whined about having to wear body cameras, too. It adds to their stress level. Awww.
But... it sounds like the council is suggesting cops not wear them? Omg. I'd like to point out that Metro council members -- who were quick to point out that cop admins aren't on the beat anymore so aren't in touch with current job pressures -- well, those council members aren't treated like everyday citizens by the cops, either. Metro council members have no clue what WE everyday citizens fear from cops.
No, no, no to removing any constraints on cops, to allowing cops to operate outside any rules or constitutional restraints.
Wow. That any of this needs to be said is unbelievable.
Chief Conrad said officers are “responsible for their own morale” and have an obligation to do their job, a response which [Councilwoman Jessica] Green called “a little dismissive to the personal feelings of these officers.”
Wow. Chief Conrad wants officers to act like adults... but the Council wants us to take their personal feelings into account when deciding policy???? Yeah, I'm feeling a little OUTRAGE. We adults in the productive economy (read "taxpayers") boost our own morales and take care of our own feelings.
This entire meeting was a whine-fest for cops on the beat who want to take the restraints off. And the council seems to agree. What the heck do any of the council members know about policing?
Here's how this whole thing probably went down -- and, please, correct me if I'm wrong: cops whined to the council (probably the union whined, the union which makes big campaign contributions). So the council calls the chief in, telling him how to do his job which NONE of the council members know zip about. Except what the whiners told them.
So the council's suggestions to the chief are to "remove the constraints" and "release the Seal Team" because "this is war"?
A war against whom? A war against suspects? NEWSFLASH: even suspects get due process and are innocent until proven guilty.
This was not only an irresponsible move by the Metro council, it's a dangerous one. Cops have a legal monopoly on force and they are clearly not afraid to use it. I've personally seen it in action several times and I'm a law-abiding white middle-class grandma!!! Giving cops anything like "free rein" has historically proven to be more dangerous to innocents than to criminals.
Oh, one more thing. The cause of all these shootings? THE DRUG WAR. It's not rocket science, people. Prohibition has always led to far more more murder and corruption than anything else. FAR MORE than ANYTHING else. EVER.
Politicians would rather do and say ANYTHING than admit the truth because it's not politically correct. They'll even let loose the cops on us rather than take a sensible approach like decriminalization -- which has been proven over and over again to reduce violence -- because a politician might lose a vote by suggesting that adults be allowed to use whatever the heck they want in the privacy of their own homes.
THE SOLUTION: Decriminalize drugs.
There's your answer, Metro Council. Staring you in the face but you ignore it. Instead you encourage more of the same which has never worked to solve the violence question and never will.
Glad I don't live in Louisville. Unfortunately, if that Metro council gets away with this, it will spread to other cities and towns like a disease. Welcome to Kentucky.