15 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-18-20

  1. If there’s one thing Democrats won’t tolerate, it’s an uppity black man who left their plantation.

    Thankfully Scott knows how to deal with such idiocy.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/06/it-hurts-my-soul-sen-tim-scott-after-sen-dick-durban-calls-his-police-reform-bill-a-token-process/#more-321357

    ““It hurts my soul”: Sen. Tim Scott after Sen. Dick Durban calls his police reform bill a “token process”

    Durbin later apologized.”

    “Democrats can’t help themselves when it comes to Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).

    Last week, I blogged about police training reform bill, the Justice Act, headed up by Sen. Tim Scott and the fact that because he was manning the reform bill, he was under constant assault by detractors calling him a “token” face of the bill.

    The bill, “includes incentives for police departments to ban chokeholds, more disclosure requirements about the use of force and no-knock warrants, and penalties for false reports. It also includes emergency grant programs for body cameras, makes lynching a federal hate crime and creates a commission to study the conditions facing black men and boys,” summarizes NPR (full text of bill at bottom of post).

    Wednesday, “token” criticism came directly from Sen. Scott’s colleague, Democrat Senator Dick Durban, who referred to the whole ordeal as a “token” approach.

    To which Sen. Scott replied:”

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    Now, about that cultural appropriation Dems tried that Scott referred to during their George Floyd show. A little history shows their ignorance. These clowns wore the garments of the slave trader nation.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/06/17/congressional-democrats-wearing-kente-cloths-in-moment-of-silence-for-george-floyd-just-got-worse-n2570804

    “Oh, dear lord. It’s now more embarrassing than ever. In the wake of the George Floyd riots, Congressional Democrats held a moment of silence for him wearing Kente cloth. The photo op was staged at Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol. Kente is a traditional African garb. To be more specific, it’s very significant to those of Ghanaian descent. If you want a classic example of cultural appropriation, this is it. And yes, it was trashed by a lot of folks who saw right through this gross exercise in pandering. Floyd was killed on May 25 after he was arrested by Minneapolis Police. His death set off demonstrations, most of which devolved into rioting, nationwide, with anarchists, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter coming together once again to create mayhem, though its mostly Antifa and anarchist groups. Some of these clowns actually seized a portion of Seattle. It’s dying down, but this Kente fiasco just got even more embarrassing.”

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  3. Another AA not drinking the Dem cool aid.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/06/16/pastor-darrell-scott-president-trump-is-leading-through-action-on-police-reform/

    “PASTOR DARRELL SCOTT: President Trump Is Leading Through Action On Police Reform”

    “President Donald Trump continues to lead through action, while Democrat nominee for President Joe Biden continues to sow division and fear without offering actual solutions.

    The executive order President Trump signed Tuesday enacts new standards on law enforcement to ensure best practices are used in the field. Rather than rely entirely on force, law enforcement agencies are encouraged to develop and implement new practices to ensure the safety of all involved.

    The administration is also ensuring that proper resources are allocated to mental health professionals to act as co-responders in order to assist officers as they respond to emergencies. Under President Trump’s executive order, law enforcement will receive the assistance they need to handle all situations they may face without losing any of their much-needed funding.

    President Trump has worked across the aisle to enact police reform that benefits everyone, meeting with black leaders, law enforcement officials and those who have lost loved ones in these totally avoidable tragedies. No American should fear an encounter with our law enforcement – those who serve as the defenders of peace.

    The president has worked to unify Americans of every creed, color and background. His willingness to enact bipartisan police reform and work across the aisle is almost unheard of in modern politics. Just ask Joe Biden.

    Americans have faced incredible hardships in the past few months. The coronavirus pandemic shut down the economy for several months while George Floyd’s tragic death led to riots across the nation. Joe Biden had the perfect opportunity to assist President Trump in healing America’s ills. But rather than work with the president to form a unified front against the issues plaguing America, Joe Biden politicized the nation’s problems in an attempt to take cheap jabs at the president.

    This should come as no surprise. Joe Biden has spent his 40 years in Washington sowing hatred and racial division across the nation. It was Biden who wrote the disastrous 1994 crime bill that is responsible for putting hundreds of thousands of young black men in prison. It was Biden who allied himself with segregationists in Congress throughout his career to achieve his political goals. And it was Biden who has spent his entire career disparaging America’s minority communities.”

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  4. I think in this case an up for re-election DA just overcharged and will never get a murder conviction.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/06/atlanta-police-officer-faces-dubious-murder-charge.php

    “ATLANTA POLICE OFFICER FACES DUBIOUS MURDER CHARGE

    Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer who fired the shot that killed Rayshard Brooks, has been charged with murder, among nearly a dozen criminal counts. I await the analysis of those with more expertise in criminal law than I possess before reaching a definite conclusion. However, the murder charge strikes me as dubious, and I doubt that if the victim of the shooting had been white, such a charge would have been made.”

    “I think it’s pretty clear why Brooks suddenly turned violent. As Daniel Horowitz has pointed out, Brooks was a career criminal who was on probation and facing a parole revocation hearing.* He knew that an arrest — for DUI or any other offense — would have severe consequences for him. He said as much in an interview.

    Discerning the reason why Brooks turned violent has no relevance I can think of to the issue of whether Brooks’ violence against the police justified his killing. But I point it out because in announcing his charge of murder, the Fulton DA. said that “for 41 minutes and 17 seconds [Brooks] followed every instruction, he answered the questions. [He] never displayed any aggressive behavior during the 41 minutes and 17 seconds. . . .”

    Okay, and it’s a nice touch that the DA included those 17 seconds. But Brooks did display highly aggressive behavior once he realized that his alternative was to be taken into custody and, as a result, face severe consequences because of his record. It doesn’t matter how Brooks behaved before he decided that, no matter what, he couldn’t let the officers arrest him.

    It seems to me that the Fulton County DA is blowing smoke.

    The other officer involved, Devin Brosnan, faces three charges, but not for murder. In a statement, his attorney said that Brosnan is cooperating with the Fulton County District Attorney’s investigation. He also said this at the end of his recitation of the facts of the case:

    The decision to initiate charges by the Fulton County DA’s office is irrational and obviously based on factors which should have nothing to do with the proper administration of justice.

    This was not a rush to judgment. This was a rush to misjudgment. Shame on the District Attorney for this abuse of his charging power. Shame on the District Attorney for not honoring his oath to uphold the constitution. Shame on the District Attorney for this rush to misjudgment.

    Right now, that’s how it looks to me — with the “factors” in question being race and a desire to satisfy a political movement and the mob that backs it.

    * In a properly functioning justice system, Brooks likely would have been jail. According to Horowitz:

    He appears to have served only four months of a seven-year sentence in 2014 for charges and convictions of simple battery, cruelty to children, false imprisonment, family violence battery, receiving stolen property, criminal interference with government property, weapons charges, and obstructing a law enforcement officer in the preceding years.

    In addition:

    It looks like there were numerous probation violations until a parole officer issued a warrant for his arrest on December 20, 2018, when he had fled to Ohio. It’s not clear why he wasn’t put back in prison when he was returned to Georgia this past January, but it does appear he was supposed to report to the Clayton County Probation Office and was scheduled for a February 5 parole revocation hearing, according to court records.”

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  5. Because you can’t expect officers to die for Democrat politics.

    https://hotair.com/archives/jazz-shaw/2020/06/17/cant-order-police-officers-die-politics/

    “While this certainly shouldn’t be mandated from the federal level, we’re talking about things that must be handled with extreme care even at the state and local levels. The idea that anyone can simply grab a pen and paper and legislate how things will play out during a tense encounter between the police and a criminal suspect is laughable. Or at least it would be laughable if there were anything funny about such a serious subject.

    Suggesting that Congress can simply roll out some new rules about a crisis situation where the cops wind up in a physical and potentially deadly confrontation with a subject is magical thinking. First of all, you’re talking about a vanishingly rare event for the most part. I mentioned these statistics in a previous article, but they bear repeating. In 2017 there were more than ten and a half million arrests made in the United States.That doesn’t even take into account the even larger number of police stops and interactions that ended without an arrest. The vast, vast majority of arrests ended without any notable incidents. A little over 900 of them ended with the police shooting a suspect and killing them. (The majority of whom were white, by the way.) That’s a vanishingly small number. I mention this only for perspective.

    Coming from a family with more than our fair share of cops, the attitude I detect from some of these Democrats is simply insulting. Do you honestly think that there are police out there in any measurable numbers who get up in the morning and put on their uniform hoping that they’ll get the chance to put someone in a chokehold that day? Do you think they’re dreaming of the chance to shoot somebody, particularly when the odds are that the suspect will be shooting back at them? That’s the last thing pretty much any officer in the country wants. They would prefer to see and respond to no crimes and have a peaceful community. And if they are called on to respond to an incident, they would like it resolved calmly. They want to go home to their families that night every bit as much as you do.

    But sometimes officers encounter a criminal who will never comply with orders and will either flee or get into an altercation with the cops. As we’ve seen from too many witness videos by now (such as the Rayshard Brooks shooting), things can go from boring and normal to violent and potentially deadly in under a second. Yes, there needs to be plenty of training in how to respond. And there should be standard practices in place so every officer knows the best way to handle such an incident, ensuring the greatest chance that the episode will be resolved with nobody getting hurt. But human nature is a funny thing, and it’s not always going to work out the way you would like.

    There may come a time in any officer’s career where their life will be literally on the line with almost no time to respond. At close quarters, a chokehold may turn out to be the only viable (and hopefully nonlethal) option. At a distance against an armed assailant, they may have to draw and potentially use their firearm. And they don’t need to be worrying about whether they’re going to lose their job over it. Most of the well-heeled people in Congress who are cranking out these rules have most likely never seen an episode like the one I described above and would probably pee themselves if they suddenly found themselves in that position. (My apologies to the combat vets currently serving in the legislative branch.) Threatening to punish them if they don’t conform to your ideas (or those of your most rabid supporters) of how they should save their own lives demonstrates a lack of moral fiber on the part of our elected officials.

    We ask a lot of our police officers. Probably too much in some cases. With the exception of a few rotten apples we need to weed out quickly and aggressively, they are all out there on the front lines fighting so you can have a peaceful life under the rule of order and exercise all of your freedoms. Seeking to exert this sort of granular control over them from on high is offensive. And if a lot of them start walking off the job after this I certainly couldn’t blame them.”

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  6. The Flynn case continues to drag on because a partisan hack of a judge just won’t let it go, even though he is legally obligated to do so.

    But Flynn’s lawyer, now that he has one who isn’t colluding with the govt behind his back, is on it.

    https://saraacarter.com/powell-files-stunning-motion-against-gleeson-its-a-wrap-up-smear-against-flynn/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-pug

    “Powell Files Stunning Motion Against Gleeson: It’s A ‘wrap-up smear’ against Flynn.”

    “Sidney Powell, the defense attorney for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, filed a scathing response in the court Wednesday against federal Judge John Gleeson’s amicus brief, which asked the court to reject the Justice Department’s request to drop all charges against Flynn. Powell’s motion is powerful and contains a lengthy time-line revealing the stunning evidence discovered by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, as well as, the litany of new evidence uncovered by U.S. Attorney Jeffery Jensen, who was appointed by the Justice Department to conduct an independent review of Flynn’s case.

    Powell argues in her brief that the “irony and sheer duplicity” of Gleeson’s accusations “against the Justice Department now—which is finally exposing the truth—is stunning.”

    Gleeson submitted his lengthy brief on July 10, on behalf of D.C. Federal Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who appointed him as the amicus and is refusing to drop the case against Flynn. He is doing all this despite the fact that both the Justice Department and defense agree the charges should be dropped against President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor.

    Powell also pointed out in her motion of opposition Wednesday that Gleeson’s amicus filing on behalf of Sullivan is a “wrap-up smear” against Flynn.

    “It demonstrates the difference between a Department of Prosecutions and a Department of Justice,” Powell argues in her conclusion regarding Gleeson’s amicus. “It shows how the Department of Justice, as the government’s representative in every federal criminal case, has the power to walk into courtrooms and ask judges to remedy injustices. For these reasons and those stated in our other briefs, the only lawful action this court can take is to dismiss the case with prejudice on the Government’s motion and vacate the plea.”

    Further Powell states in her motion, that Gleeson’s “Amicus elides the reality of the egregious government misconduct of the FBI Agents—particularly that of [former FBI Director James] Comey, {Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe, [former Special Agent Peter] Strzok, [Former FBI Attorney Lisa] Page, [FBI Special Agent] Joe Pientka, [former FBI Assistant of Counterintelligence Bill] Priestap and others who met repeatedly to pursue the targeted “take-out” of General Flynn for their political reasons and those of the “entirety lame duck usic.” Much of this has been revealed in the December 19, 2019, IG Report, the 86 pages of newly produced exonerating material produced by U.S. Attorney Jensen, filed in the Government’s Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 198), and hundreds of the texts between Strzok and Page demonstrating abject bias.”

    “Amicus is lost down the rabbit hole on the other side of the looking glass— where “nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would,” argues Powell.

    Last week, Powell argued before the U.S. District Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit against Sullivan’s decision to appoint Gleeson. She noted that the government submitted an extensive and thoroughly documented motion to dismiss this prosecution based on the discovery of “extraordinary exculpatory evidence that came to light from an independent review… It can not go on any longer.”

    Powell referred to Jensen, who was personally appointed by Attorney General William Barr, when evidence of FBI malfeasance surfaced in Flynn’s case. Jensen discovered through his investigation exculpatory evidence revealing that senior FBI and Justice Department officials withheld significant information from Flynn’s defense that would have played a crucial role in his case. One piece of evidence, was a January 4, FBI memo that stated that the investigation into Flynn should be dropped because no derogatory information had been found on the three star general. That memo was issued a day before a meeting with President Obama at the White House, along with other senior officials from the administration about Flynn. Shortly after, former Special Agent Peter Strzok, who led the probe against the Trump campaign, decided not to drop the investigation against Flynn. Strzok, along with FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka (which is discussed in detail further in this article), were sent to the White House on January 24, 2017 to conduct the infamous ‘perjury trap’ interview with Flynn.

    In fact, Comey has previously joked that they sprung the interview on Flynn, who had no counsel present, and was set up by the FBI, despite the fact that the agents who interviewed him did not believe he was lying to them during the interview.”

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  7. Better than none I suppose.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8430833/Covid-19-immunity-just-six-months-study-finds.html

    “How long will Covid-19 immunity REALLY last for? Study finds humans can get reinfected with other weaker types of coronaviruses after just six months

    Amsterdam University researchers followed 10 people for an average 35 years
    Infected patients enjoyed an ‘alarmingly short duration of protective immunity’
    Antibody levels plummeted by 50% after half a year and 75% after nine months”

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  8. THE WAR ON STANDARDS, MILITARY JUSTICE EDITION

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/06/the-war-on-standards-military-justice-edition.php

    “Black members of the military services are disciplined more frequently than white military services members. This fact isn’t surprising. Black public school students are disciplined more frequently than white public students. Black civilians commit a disproportionate number of homicides and other violent crimes.

    There is no reason to infer discrimination from the fact that blacks are disciplined by the military to a disproportionate degree. It might well be that blacks are disciplined more frequently because they commit more offenses.

    Yet, Rep. Jackie Speier, chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel subcommittee, is demanding that senior defense officials acknowledge that the military justice system is biased. The hearing she held this week was called “Racial Disparity in the Military Justice System — How to Fix the Culture.”

    But does the military culture need fixing in this regard? Nothing in this report by the Washington Post about the hearing suggests that it does.

    Judging from the Post’s report, the best Speier could do was to sniff that “the results [of the military justice system] are repugnant.” But they are repugnant only if they are unjust. And they are unjust only if black personnel are being wrongfully charged or convicted to a disproportionate degree or if white personnel are disproportionately being let off the hook improperly.

    Lt. Gen. Charles Pede, the Army judge advocate general, testified that “my experience tells me that we have an extraordinarily healthy system of justice.” He added, however, that “we simply do not know what we don’t know.”

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  9. Walk outs or call outs, the reason is the same. The police know the city is against them.

    https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/atlanta-police-disputes-rumors-of-mass-officer-walk-outs-says-seeing-higher-than-usual-call-outs

    “The Atlanta Police Department says it is “experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift” on Wednesday. The call outs follow the Fulton County District Attorney’s decision on charges against an ex-officer and current officer in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

    “We are getting calls now that two zones are looking to walk out,” Vince Champion, International Brotherhood of Police Officers.

    FOX 5 News received several tips that officers were walking off the job en masse, something Atlanta police were quick to correct. A spokesperson told FOX 5 a few officers have gone home, but the manpower has not been greatly impacted. The department stressed officers are still on patrol and their call sheets show officers are still answering calls at an acceptable level.

    A statement sent to FOX 5 Wednesday evening reads:

    “Earlier suggestions that multiple officers from each zone had walked off the job were inaccurate. However, department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call outs with the incoming shift. We have enough resources to maintain operations and remain able to respond to incidents throughout the city.”

    “”The morale is bad right now,” the mayor said during a press conference Monday discussing police policy reforms. “My understanding is it is really bad.”

    “The morale is terrible,” said Champion. “It’s the worse day in law enforcement in the City of Atlanta that’s ever been.””

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  10. Like I said, that up for re-election DA is screwing this up, and he’s not following SOP.

    https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/rayshard-brooks-shooting-gbi-didnt-know-of-officers-charges/85-62fcd2c5-fe12-41f8-b736-8475a263f21a

    ” The state agency responsible for conducting an independent investigation of the death of a Black Atlanta man during an encounter with white police officers in the parking lot of an Atlanta fast food restaurant said it was surprised by the announcement that those officers would face charges.

    On Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that fired Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe would be charged with murder and 10 other counts following the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks Friday. Rolfe’s partner, Devin Brosnan, also faces three charges in connection to the shooting.

    It’s an announcement that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said caught the agency off guard. In a statement posted moments after the charges were announced, the GBI said it was neither made aware of the press conference before it happened, nor was it “consulted on the charges filed” by the District Attorney’s office.”

    In the case of most officer-involved shootings in Georgia, the state agency must be requested by a local police department in order for the GBI to open an investigation into what happened. That is what happened in Friday’s fatal shooting, when the Atlanta Police Department called for the GBI’s assistance.

    In most cases, GBI then conducts its independent investigation before handing its findings of the case over to a district attorney’s office for review. That was not the case in this latest shooting, according to the GBI, which is still investigating the shooting of Brooks.

    “Although we have made significant progress in the case, we have not completed our work,” the agency said in the statement. “Our goal in every officer involved shooting case we are requested to review, is to complete a thorough, impartial investigation before we submit the file to the respective District Attorney’s Office.

    Regardless, the GBI said it still plans to “complete its mission of completing an impartial and thorough investigation of this incident” before handing the case over to the Fulton County DA’s office.”

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    No crying when the DA blows it. Blame him.

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  11. Joe Biden… bad for African Americans, bad for America.

    https://thenationalpulse.com/commentary/black-americans-hardest-hit-joe-biden-china/

    “DATA: Black Americans Disproportionately Hit by Joe Biden’s Outsourcing of US Jobs to China”

    “As a United States Senator and the chief architect of the Obama Administration’s Chinese foreign policy, former Vice President Joe Biden facilitated the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China – a move that disproportionately disadvantaged black working-class Americans.

    The Democratic Presidential candidate made his first visit to China in April of 1979 as part of a US Congressional Delegation.

    Not long after, Senator Biden voted to grant China permanent normal trade relation (PTNR) status in 2000 and lobbied for China’s inclusion into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001.”

    “Reflecting on the trip at the opening session of the 2011 US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Biden said: “As a young member of a Foreign Relations Committee, I wrote and I said and I believed then what I believe now: That a rising China is a positive development, not only for China, but for America and the world writ large.”

    In reality, China’s economic rise – loaded with currency manipulation and routine intellectual property theft – was anything but a positive development for everyday Americans.

    China’s WTO entry and the trade privileges it received despite continuing its exploitative economic practices dealt devastating blows to the American economy, domestic industry, and the working-class citizenry. Following China’s inclusion in the WTO – a move championed by Biden – the United States lost 3.2 million jobs to China from 2001 to 2013, and 2.4 million of those belonged to the manufacturing sector.”

    Courted by cheap Chinese labor and low production costs, US corporations and business executives like heads of the auto industry increasingly shipped their production overseas to China. As a result, China transformed into the world’s leading manufacturer, and once great industrial capitals across the United States experienced staggering unemployment, faltering infrastructure, and an increase in crime.”

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    Joe built that.

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  12. Its as if the Atlanta police don’t trust the legal system — perhaps they are telling us something. And they wonder why African Americans don’t trust the legal system. People are constantly told to “trust the process” in cases of police shootings, but it seems to the police also don’t trust the process. In other words, they know its fixed, they just don’t like it when the fix isn’t in there favor.

    Any Atlanta police officer who is shirking their responsibilities should be disciplined accordingly. And the police department should lose funding each time this occurs. If the police aren’t on the job they shouldn’t be funded. I’m a union person and I know if you breach the contract as these officers are then there should be consequences — there would be in any other unionized environment. Personally I think they should monitor the decrease in police activity and see if matches any increase in crime. If not, then they can safely cut their budget.

    Token was probably not a good choice of words but the Republican bill is too ambiguous and not enough to facilitate real change. Mind you I think the Democratic bill in the House is flawed too. It may actually increase police budgets. Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t these bills, and accompanying talk, merely a cheap gesture as police budgets and regulations are generally set at the municipal level?

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  13. That’s an interesting graph. It shows a decline in manufacturing jobs shortly after Bush Jr became president bottoming out roughly when Obama (with Biden) took over and manufacturing jobs started to increase again. If anything it shows Biden’s recent history suggests a return of manufacturing jobs.

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  14. HRW, I don’t think the point of the article was which party was in power during the decline, but that China’s entry into WTO (which Biden promoted) coincided with the decline.

    That said, I think it’s a weak argument since there was already a steep drop in progress before the WTO entry. And I acknowledge your point that the decline was almost entirely during the Bush administration. There’s been a gradual comeback since Obama became president, with another boost when Trump became president.

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  15. There’s a difference between trusting the courts and trusting the political climate. I’d be shocked if police officers weren’t taking this as (1) a grave betrayal by their superiors and (2) a real danger to them in doing their jobs. If my husband were a police officer in Atlanta, I would absolutely not want him going to work right now. It isn’t a safe working environment.

    Let’s bring out another scenario, not an exact match but a parallel. Let’s say that there was convincing evidence that a particular man in authority had sexually abused women under his authority, with a couple of probable rapes thrown in. The company assured workers that they were now safe, that the man was keeping his job, but supervisors would be paying more attention and would take future infractions seriously. Would you send your wife to work in such an environment?

    Atlanta has to be a dangerous place to be a police officer at the best of times. But right now there is a much higher level of danger and then this happens? No. Way too dangerous for police officers right now. They might as well have targets on their backs.

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