They say 26% of those killed by police have mental disorders...this underscores the need for extensive police training. Police it seems are not trained to deal with the general public, or trained to use critical thinking to assess situations properly and to ensure the safety of everyone involved...
You have police shooting into vehicles with children in the backseat, police firing 3 shots and shooting the person they claim they were trying to save.
Neither one of THOSE officers should have ever been given a gun obviously.
The video went on for minutes with Mr. Kinsey speaking loudly and clearly enough to be heard saying he was the man's therapist, the man was mentally disabled, and the man had a toy truck.
So if they couldn't hear that...they didnt want to hear it. And if police fire 3 shots "missing their intended white target" and shot an unarmed black man, their bullets aren't racist...they are.
One point it doesn't get to, but should, is that the reason the supply of apartments is so inelastic - that it changes so slowly in response to demand - is generally not because of the long lead time and capital expense of building apartments (since existing buildings could often easily be converted to or from them), but zoning laws designed specifically to prevent them.
This has to do with another dynamic this article doesn't mention: the presence of high-density housing and of short-term residents tends to decrease neighboring property values, since sparse neighborhoods of long-term residents are generally seen as desirable - especially in the US, where the "suburban dream" has been a cultural touchstone for most of a century. (That in turn has a profound racial coding as well, since suburbs are not only economically segregated by design, but racially segregated by practice, starting with the redlining system)
When we talk about skyrocketing housing costs in places like San Francisco, we should remember that the drain on housing supply from its shift to other parts of the short-term market is a tiny effect compared to the near-impossibility of building any significant new housing for the past several decades. And this hasn't been the work of any one political side or another: it's generally been existing residents versus potential new residents, with the latter (by nature) unrepresented.
Doesn't sound like a great idea, does it? The reason is simple: militaries and paramilitary organizations like the police are coercive instruments of state power. Since at least the 1500s, It's been recognized as fundamentally important to stability that that coercive power remain in the hands of the state. And since the Roman republic, it's been recognized as critically important to democracy that that power be utterly subordinate to democratic institutions.
This is why the military offers recruits only two options: take the terms which are offered or remain a civilian. It's why the military severely curtails soldiers' civil rights. Because everything we care about in our society depends on the consensual illusion that political power comes from somewhere other than the barrel of a gun.
Police are less dangerous, but not much less. Police unions create contractual relationships with the state. Those contractual relations have the force of law. And that private law supervenes on democratic attempts to create police accountability, because -- in criminal matters -- the management of police departments is the very authority to which the police are accountable.
In all other labor organizing, labor and management are negotiating over the usual subjects of contracts: how much is labor paid; what are the conditions of retirement or disability; how many hours are worked, and when. But the primary subject of negotiation between police unions and city governments is policing strategy and citizens' civil rights.
It is utterly impermissible for governments to negotiate with private parties about civil rights in a way that actually supervenes on public law.
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