The news is out: [What happens when a high-ranking police officer resigns from one police department after the unjust police shooting of a Black citizen only to become police chief of another embattled police department that came into the spotlight after the unjust police shooting of another Black citizen? Well, mainly, the new police chief is being greeted with a lot of understandable skepticism and even scorn from activists who view the new appointment as a slap in the face to advocates for police reform.
Such is the case for 25-year police veteran Erika Shields. Shields resigned from the Atlanta Police Department last June after a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks.
On Tuesday, Shields was sworn in by Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg Fischer as the city’s new police chief—for the same police department that has drawn national attention for the shooting of Breonna Taylor.]
Police reform will not be legit until and unless qualified immunity, no-knock warrant, chokehold, police unions are outlawed and a national database for law enforcement prevents the rehire of cops who are caught. Please remember that a good cop is one who hasn’t been caught yet.