Minneapolis is on fire currently. Another police brutality case erupts into civil unrest, and the community is suffering mob violence over the perceived injustice as a video lays out yet another bad decision by a bad cop.
No, I haven't seen everything leading up to this video of a Minneapolis police officer holding down an African American suspect, knee to his neck, all the while the suspect pleading with the officer that he can't breath. The suspect died shortly thereafter. It would be hard to overcome this video in a court room, but I will have to say that this is awfully hard to watch as this callous rogue cop slowly suffocates this guy as he begs for his life. Just awful.
Look at the cost of this bad hire. This cop, who has had lots of disciplinary action taken against him over his fairly long career, is another example of how a poor hiring decision can cost a community dearly. This bad cop should never have been hired in the first place. Give a thug a little authority, and everybody knows what will happen: they will abuse that authority, and brutalize the public.
Minneapolis is symptomatic of the hiring process in many larger metropolitan areas: they have budgets, the budgets are tight, and they can't offer the kinds of salaries to their police force that would attract more talented individuals. College grads are likely not attracted to positions that start with annual salaries as low as typical rookie policemen/women. Accordingly, communities are getting non-college trained folk, and although many of these people entering the police academies would make perfectly fine grocery baggers or landscape laborers, giving some of these unimpressive rookies a gun and discretion to make life and death decisions on the spot requires a higher caliber of personnel than a ditch digger or a gas station attendant.
We can all see on our TV screens the result of bad police decisions, as we watch Minneapolis burn. Time to jack up the salaries and qualifications of America's law enforcement personnel. We can't advance a polite society when we have brutal thugs wearing badges killing us willy nilly.
Time to wise up.
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