Posts Tagged ‘New York City police’

The passing scene: January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015

The SAT is Corrupt.  No One Wants to Know by educationrealist.

Anybody with sufficient money or sufficient computer skills can obtain answers to the questions on Scholastic Aptitude Tests.  Yet the results of these tests can determine a person’s whole future.

4 Things to Know Before Your Water Is Privatized by Rachel Dovey for Next City.

Some 50 million Americans get their tap water from private companies.  This is supposed to be a cure for poor maintenance by public systems, which is a serious problem, but the cure is not necessarily better than the disease.

NYPD’s de Blasio Protest: Why the Police Turned Their Backs on the City by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic.

Police work over the years has grown progressively safer.  Why do the American public and American police need to believe that police work under constant threat?

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More police union job actions like this, please

December 31, 2014

Police in New York City are conducting a job action by only enforcing the law when strictly necessary.  They’ll ignore minor traffic violations, public drinking and drug possession by people not bothering anybody else.   That is to say, they’ll do exactly what their critics want them to do.

MADIronically, if they had been conducting such an action several months ago, Eric Garner would still be alive and there would be no showdown between the Police Benevolent Association and Mayor De Blasio.

A labor union job action, for those who’ve never been a union member, consists of “working to rule”—doing exactly what the job requires, no more and no less, without exercise of any judgment.

Years ago police job actions consisted of enforcing every law, no matter how trivial, without exercising any discretion.  But what once was a form of harassment is now standard procedure in the poor neighborhoods of New York and many other cities.

I think New York City’s current police job action is a worthwhile, even if unintentional, social experiment.  It will be interesting to see the results of minimum rather than maximum policing.

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Hat tip to The Banality of Blue by B Psycho on Psychopolitik.

 

Two profiles in courage

December 30, 2014
A black police officer in 2014 who did not turn his back.

A black police officer in 2014 who did not turn his back.

A German in 1936 who did not raise his hand.

A German civilian in 1936 who did not raise his hand.

Source: Moon of Alabama and Billmon.

I do not of course say that New York City in 2014 is equivalent to Hamburg in 1936, but I do say these pictures show two examples of the same kind of courage, the willingness to stand alone for what is right and face the consequences.