“In certain parts of the country, there is a sense of frustration among law enforcement officials who believe ongoing unrest is being enabled by progressive local prosecutors who’ve chosen to either downgrade or drop charges stemming from protests against police violence and systemic racism. It almost appears to me as if this lack of charging or downgrading charges in protests, particularly in charges related to assaulting police officers, may contribute to more assaults against police officers because protesters think that they just will not be held accountable,” By: Brian Higgins, Retired Police Chief of Bergen County, N.J., Adjunct Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York
Turn It On Its Head: In certain parts of the country, there’s a sense of frustration among woke young adults who believe ongoing unrest is being enabled by law enforcement officials who’ve chosen to either downgrade or drop charges on officers who exhibit police violence and systemic racism. It almost appears to me as if this lack of charging or downgrading charges against officers, particularly in charges related to assaulting minorities, may contribute to more assaults against minorities because officers think that they just won’t be held accountable.
Commentary: In order to fix any systemic problem, you need to do a deep dive into the underlying issues, first. Otherwise, you’re just prolonging it, by treating the symptoms instead of the root cause.
Definitions: Alternative Facts: Noun—Statements that are presented as truthful but contradict factual evidence. Synonym—Orwellian (doublethink). Idiom—Phrase first used by Kellyanne Conway.
Turn it on its Head: Verb—To cause something to be the opposite of what it was before.
Woke: Adjective—Hyper-aware, especially of social problems such as inequality.
“But we will only succeed if we reject the growing pressure to retreat into cynicism and hopelessness. We have a moral obligation to ‘stay woke’, take a stand and be active; challenging injustices and racism in our communities and fighting hatred and discrimination wherever it rises.” By: Barbara Lee