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Re: “Police release Walker arrest video; shows cops accusing him of being 'race baiter'

The comments on this string are interesting.

The video shows that the traffic stop was not interfered with by either lawyer. The police were not challenged, threatened, or disrupted in their duties.

In a free society, free people have the right to walk along public thoroughfares, including those where law enforcement officers are present and working traffic stops.

In a free society, free people have the right to disobey unlawful commands by police officers. For instance, a command from a law enforcement officer to answer questions violates the 5th Amendment. A command from a law enforcement officer to leave a place one has the right to be violates the First Amendment freedom of assembly. The lawyers had the right to assemble on the sidewalk on either side of the public street, observe what the officers were doing, film what the officers were doing, and even comment about what the officers were doing.

The police officers in this video demonstrated basic ignorance of civil rights, disrespect for civil liberties, cultural indifference (if not incapacity) concerning the dynamics surrounding police interactions with black people, and blatant displeasure about people daring to exercise their civil rights in ways they disapproved.

Thanks to the Prosecuting Attorney, the unwarranted misdemeanor charges will not be prosecuted.

Thanks to the abusive and homicidal culture that exists within law enforcement, as evidenced by the conduct of the arresting officers in this video, the Little Rock Police Department has made itself better known for cultural incompetence.

It is revealing that Chief Buckner, City Manager Moore, and Mayor Stodola wonder why black people distrust the police in Little Rock and are not eager to apply to work there. They know the answer now even if they didn't know it before this episode.

Competence is a function of two things: knowledge and skill. The ability to screw up by doing dumb stuff and then say "oops" does not demonstrate knowledge or skill.

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Posted by Thinking on 09/30/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “LR police residency issue: Us vs. them

The idea that Little Rock police officers can (1) refuse to live in Little Rock, (2) claim that living in Little Rock is somehow burdensome to their families, (3) claim that the Little Rock School District provides educational opportunities for their families below what is available outside Little Rock, (4) claim they cannot afford to live in Little Rock, and (5) have their position echoed by the police chief says a lot. However, but none of what it says speaks well for the police chief, the LR mayor, board of directors and city manager, and the officers.

Imagine a mayor who made the same claims.

Imagine a city manager who made the same claims.

Imagine a police chief who made the same claims.

If police officers want to serve communities where they live, well and good. We should commend their commitment to be neighbors and know the people they are trusted to protect and serve.

But if police officers refuse to serve communities where they live, we should not call them neighbors. We should have enough backbone to call them mercenaries. They are not committed to the people in Little Rock neighborhoods. They do not have an interest in Little Rock as a place to live, work, raise families, enjoy leisure, and thrive. Their interest is financial.

The fault lies with the political leaders responsible for governance in Little Rock. If city directors and the mayor are unwilling to demand that police officers show enough loyalty to live among the people they are expected to serve, voters should dismiss those politicians and replace them with people who will tell police officers that Little Rock is a great place to live, not merely draw a pay check.

Little Rock residents should wonder why people who boast of their commitment to serving the public insist on being paid a bonus because they chose to live out of town. That is what the "incentive" talk amounts to. Of course, the politicians and bureaucrats who unwisely allow police cruisers to be removed from the community where they are expected to roll when officers are off duty aren't likely to admit their folly.

What a mess!

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Posted by Thinking on 07/18/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Police protests reach Arkansas border

Baker and others, if you had elementary knowledge about principles of research and analysis you would understand "disproportionality of data." The data consistently show that persons of color are disproportionately victimized by abusive and homicidal police behavior. That disparity can be traced to systemic and deliberate law enforcement practices developed and validated by the U.S. Supreme Court after the 1964 Civil Rights Act was enacted (Terry v. Ohio--stop and frisk), (Florida v. Bostick--police detention and questioning without reasonable suspicion), (Atwater v. City of Lago Vista--allowing jail even for traffic violations punishable by fines), (Whren v. United States--pretextual police stops).

There is nothing racist about the points raised by Wendell Griffen. As the character played by Jack Nicholson (Colonel Harlan Jessup) in the A Few Good Men movie said, "you can't handle the truth." Deal with it.

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Posted by Thinking on 07/11/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

Kenneth Starr hurt decent people such as Betsey Wright and Susan McDougal. Baylor University should have never hired him.

Years ago a prominent Arkansas judge withdrew from membership in the Fellows of the American Bar Association after Mr. Starr was admitted. The judge did so because he did not to be associated with Starr. Who knows how many lives would have been spared pain if Baylor had rejected Starr in the same way?

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Posted by Thinking on 05/24/2016 at 10:20 PM

Re: “State Board of Education runs afoul of FOI law

Note to Kendra Clay: read David Harris v. City of Fort Smith.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Thinking on 03/19/2016 at 9:19 PM

Re: “State Board of Education runs afoul of FOI law

The Hutchinson administration resembles the methods and mindset of the Faubus regime more each day.

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Posted by Thinking on 03/19/2016 at 8:17 PM

Re: “QQA, museum supporters want original Templars office bought

Mind you, Governor Hutchinson could designate the money to bid on the property in question from funds he controls. His hand-picked Director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (Stacy Hurst) could have requested that he do so.

Director Hurst could have already worked with local political and cultural leaders to seek a legislative appropriation, long ago.

The incompetence shown concerning the decision to ban the Black Lives Matter t-shirt was bad, but this is much worse. Thanks to the AT for, once again, exposing and reporting how poorly our political leaders perform their work.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Thinking on 03/15/2016 at 11:06 PM

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