The shock at the enormous backlash that the continued casual murder of unarmed civilians in America has ignited is truly glorious.
Finally arguments about naked police brutality are being openly debated.
‘All lives matter’ is ‘God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve’ level logic.
Many of our colonial Police forces formed out of racist militia, add to that the militarisation of police as billions were spent enabling domestic police departments to buy surplus military hardware left over from the Gulf war and you get Police Departments staffed by angry men who believe anything less than total respect and submission can be met justifiably with lethal force.
Money for mental health budgets and homeless budgets and poverty budgets get slashed in favour of more spending on police. Police then take up these extra programmes and responsibilities with total military over kill and the results are civilian deaths and abuse of power.
Defunding the police so that money can go back to poverty, homelessness and mental health programmes is EXACTLY what should happen because Police are not trained well enough to do anything except enflame a situation and lash out violently.
The myopic focus on funding brute force to deal with complex social issues that require nuance and care is a type of political concussion that America is collectively suffering, but the problem is with all police forces and societies that direct social policy from a place of fear and anger.
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