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Reading through storyline, I am struck with resounding similarities. Despite context - differing policing authorities - handling and outcome are very closely related. Simply substitute the term child welfare authorities in place of police. I've pulled out key statements and sentiments which I identify with strongly. - VM
- '"After police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.”
- I have known the name of the policeman who killed my son, Michael, for ten years. And he is still working on the force in Kenosha.
- Yes, there is good reason to think that many of these unjustifiable homicides by police across the country are racially motivated. But there is a lot more than that going on here. Our country is simply not paying enough attention to the terrible lack of accountability of police departments and the way it affects all of us—regardless of race or ethnicity. Because if a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy — that was my son, Michael — can be shot in the head under a street light with his hands cuffed behind his back, in front of five eyewitnesses (including his mother and sister), and his father was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who flew in three wars for his country — that’s me — and I still couldn’t get anything done about it, then Joe the plumber and Javier the roofer aren’t going to be able to do anything about it either.
- They hadn’t even taken statements from several eyewitnesses. From the beginning I allowed the investigation to proceed and didn’t know it was a sham until many of the facts were discovered. But before long I realized a cover-up was under way. I hadn’t understood at first how closely related the DA and the police were—during his election campaign for judge, the DA had been endorsed in writing by every police agency in the county. Now he was investigating them. It was a clear conflict of interest.
- I wanted to change things for everyone else, so no one else would ever have to go through what I did.
- The problem over many decades, in other words, was a near-total lack of accountability for wrongdoing; and if police on duty believe they can get away with almost anything, they will act accordingly. As a military pilot, I knew that if law professionals investigated police-related deaths like, say, the way that the National Transportation Safety Board investigated aviation mishaps, police-related deaths would be at an all time low.
- And so, together with other families who lost loved ones, I launched a campaign in the Wisconsin legislature calling for a new law that would require outside review of all deaths in police custody. I contacted everybody I could. In the beginning, I contacted the governor’s office, the attorney general and the US attorney for Wisconsin. They didn’t even return my phone calls or letters. I even contacted Oprah, every Associated Press bureau in the nation, every national magazine and national news agency and didn’t hear a word.
- Finally we began to get some movement, helped by a friendly Republican legislator, Garey Bies, and a Democratic assemblyman named Chris Taylor, in August of 2012. In April of this year we passed a law that made Wisconsin the first state in the nation to mandate at legislative level that police-related deaths be reviewed by an outside agency.
- I’m not anti-cop. And I am finding that many police want change as well: The good officers in the state of Wisconsin supported our bill from the inside, and it was endorsed by five police unions. But I also think the days of Andy Griffith and the Mayberry peacekeeper are over. As we can see in the streets of Ferguson, today’s police are also much more heavily equipped, armed and armored—more militarized. They are moving to more paramilitary-type operations as well, and all those shifts call for more transparency and more rules of restraint. And yet they are even less accountable in some ways than the US military in which I served. Our citizens need protection from undue force, here in our own country, and now."'
Michael Bell (politico.com) - After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago -- and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing -- an African-American man approached me and said: "If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we've been going through." I could imagine it all too easily,...
After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.” I could imagine it all too easily,...
There won’t be any public school Tuesday, according to B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender, and now the NDP’s Rob Fleming is calling on the minister to step down. After a summer with no negotiations — and a failed, frenetic, last-minute attempt to reach a settlement with B.C.’s teachers — Fleming said the time has come for change at the top.
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