The news is out: [As protests against police brutality and racism continue to gain momentum, some of the most pugnacious voices against reform have emerged from the leaders of police unions themselves.
Just last week, Mike O’Meara, the president of the New York Police Benevolent Association, demanded that elected officials, protesters and the media “stop treating us like animals and thugs, and start treating us with some respect.” In Minnesota, the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis union President Lt. Bob Kroll referred to the protests as a “terrorist movement” in a letter he sent to union members earlier this month.
Even President Donald Trump, speaking in the Rose Garden before signing an executive order mandating modest reforms, underscored whose side he is on: “Without police, there is chaos.”
We cannot have police reform in America without police accountability — and police unions too often stand in the way of either of those goals. The organization I lead, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is fighting for greater accountability and reform of union contracts, and we presented written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee this week as it takes up police reform.
For too long, powerful police unions have prioritized officers’ job security above all other interests. While many rightfully support the labor movement, especially in low-income job sectors that are rife with racial and gender discrimination, more Americans need to recognize that police officers are not like other workers. They embody the state’s power to arrest, jail and even kill civilians. We must hold police to a higher standard. Instead, we have almost no consistent standards at all, thanks in large part to the political power of police unions.
Many police unions have crippled the ability of police departments, local governments and the public to investigate and discipline officers who engage in misconduct. Too often, police contracts are loaded with requirements that shield officers from discipline and make true justice impossible.]
No policing reform will be done this year; it’s just a lot of mumbo jumbo frontier gibberish nonsense coming from all over the place. After Trump who is the new Theophilus Eugene “Bull” Connor, the first step, toward stopping the murder of negroes, will be taken.