Thursday, May 29, 2014

it satirizes itself

More than 100 cops in Seattle filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Department of Justice (DOJ), Attorney General Eric Holder, the local U.S. attorney, and Seattle's recently elected mayor, Ed Murray. They allege that new use-of-force rules, instituted after the DOJ found a pattern or practice of the excessive use of force, are unrealistic and paralyze officers in the street, causing a "bold, new disregard for police authority in the streets of Seattle."

That's from your pals at (the "T" is silent).

Yes, I agree wholeheartedly with the problem just described (in paraphrase) by the plaintiffs.

I'm sure the Feds want to restrict City of Seattle police.

That's why all those fusion centers were created and so many federal dollars were given to police forces for the SWAT-ification of the donut-eating corps.

That's why the US Supreme Court rules in favor of cops using deadly force.

Sadly, I think we'll see this lawsuit successfully divert attention away from the real problem, and onto the Now With New Goalpost Positions! reframed discussion:  not whether police already have too much power and authority, but rather, whether in some academically interesting and wholly theoretical way, Uncle might just want to disempower the corporally spineless, completely unarmed, no-power-of-the-state-behind them, whipping-boy milquetoasts of the Seattle PD.

Wouldn't you agree?

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