Mayor Jacob Frey’s tweet is, yet again, the “a few bad apples” response to yet another incident where a white cop kills a Black man. We are long past the point here where racist cops can be dismissed as “a few bad apples.” There are simply too many of these incidents to be so lightly dismissed. But to do so evades the culpability of the entire chain of command in creating, tolerating, and sustaining a situation where these incidents occur.
Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated.
This is the right call.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 26, 2020
As many others have observed, it'll be "the right call" if they are charged (and convicted) with murder and accessory to murder.
Also, how many incidents like this will it take before we recognize policing is institutionally and intrinsically racist? https://t.co/iO5U1hKh0N
— David Benfell, Ph.D. (@n4rky) May 28, 2020
Remember always, when somebody utters the “law and order” canard, to ask, whose law? Whose order?
Elie Mystal, “There’s Only One Possible Conclusion: White America Likes Its Killer Cops,” Nation, May 27, 2020, https://www.thenation.com/article/society/white-america-cops/
Tony Romm, “Americans have filed more than 40 million jobless claims in past 10 weeks, as another 2.1 million filed for benefits last week,” Washington Post, May 28, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/28/unemployment-claims-coronavirus/
- Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect (New York: Random House, 2008).↩