Each murder of a young man whose crime was to have a black skin results in the same Kabuki drama. Fox News immediately has pundits who will explain that if we do not support our police, then crimes will spread like wild fire across the nation. Pert cute blond haired young women who read what is printed pretend they know something about crime and its sources. Hundreds, if not thousands will pour into the streets shouting demands for change in handling black men by the police. Authorities will announce a new study or formation of a new Commission that will produce a long detailed document which depicts the need for changes in training of police. The document will be discussed for a few days or weeks, and then disappear into the black hole of such reports only to be brought back to life twenty years from now when another tragedy occurs.
Perhaps, it is time to approach the entire process of policing a new way.
1. End the failed idea of “broken windows.” Minor crimes should be handled as minor crimes, not as the source of major ones.
2. Decriminalize many laws. OK, someone is selling single cigarettes, it is NOT a major crime. A police comment from cops to “move along” can handle such “crimes.’
3. Each policeman must understand that resort to a gun is the LAST action to be considered.
4. Allow the criminal to initiate action, not the cop.
Such steps will AVOID contact that leads to murder.