Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
Transform, Part IV
From all across the nation we are hearing stories of police corruption. The stories are coming from the victims of police brutality, the victims of wrongful prosecution, they are accompanied by live footage of police in our communities beating up protesters, and doing it with a smile, pushing an old man down on the concrete and not stopping to help while he bleeds from the head.
This has to stop.
We need to transform policing in America and we cannot do it soon enough.
America needs to examine its conscience, all of us members of the white majority need to do it in the worst way.
We need criminal justice reform, no incarceration for non-violent crimes, we need to bring an end to the war on drugs, which only promotes illegal markets, and extra judicial gang-warfare to protect those markets.
We need to stop putting our brothers and sisters in prison.
Every hospital in America must undergo inspection and review of its policies and procedures, its best practices, by an Inspector General style investigation conducted by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAOH), every single police force and Sheriffs department must undergo the same thing.
Police cannot be immune to prosecution, in fact or in practice.
Police must fulfill their mandate, to protect and to serve, they cannot run around acting like the biggest gang in town, but all to often that is what they are, criminals in uniform preying on the communities they are supposed to serve.
Change cannot come soon enough.
We must transform the police, their mission, criminal justice and the courts. We transform them now!