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Buford wrote: »
That was said at the beginning of the protests April 25. That has nothing to do with now, if the cops are not doing their job fire them. The cops don't want to go into the trouble areas but I bet the damn well still want their pay check.
samzhere wrote: »
You and I are on the same page generally, Buford, but I am simply pointing out the disparity of upper brass leadership condoning rioting and lawlessness as legal "protest" and the cops being under the continual watchful eye of cellphone cameras, and not feeling confident in doing their duties. How can we expect otherwise? In a city where the "protestors" were given carte blanche to tear up property, and the police were told to back off, they are now responding as per their leadership's requests: Let it fry and let it burn.
I agree with you that it should be otherwise but if the street cops have NO support from above, they are doing what they find the least as to not provoke them into yet another indictment for brutality. If they simply drive by and not stop, they cannot be charged with the crimes that so many in the Baltimore leadership attest they are guilty of. They are simply taking their cue.
If and I say IF the Baltimore cop leadership backed up the cops and wanted them to enforce the law, and then the cops didn't act, okay, fire them. But in this specific situation, the cops are merely going the way that their leadership has set out for them: don't get involved or you might end up indicted.
How can we blame the rank and file?
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