In the wake of the Paris attacks, America needs to recognize and acknowledge just how critical the police is to our safety and national security, and how urgent it is to restore the relationship between society and the police before it deteriorates further.
In a democracy, the people choose their leaders, and those leaders write laws and set policies. Right now in New York City, unelected, unaccountable individuals are making those policies and ignoring the authority of those whom we, the people, elected.
The contours of the next year or two are already taking shape: with McConnell claiming credit for soaring economy yet Graham blaming Obama for Charlie Hebdo, JAlter and RChristie discuss if this will this be Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc period? Then, like a movie season of only sequels, will '16 be dominated by Jeb & Mitt (and Her)?
The news media has been hard at work tracking down the handful of protesters and others who did or even wrote something violent in order to stereotype the entire Black Lives Matter movement as violent. And when there isn't something, the news media has resorted to doctoring footage.
The change we are asking for will inevitably happen. The only question is when. And for that we turn to you. Governor Cuomo, the floor is yours.
The legacy of "broken windows" looms large in our society. The implication that cops stand between us and chaos isn't only a Bratton talking point -- people believe it.
The police force has to act in function of our democracy. The uncooked actions of the police officers constituted an assault on that democracy.
Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, teaches respect for life and affirms the dignity of each human being. This core teaching can help daily police-community encounters, even when police must do the difficult job of apprehending criminals.
The death of another human being should never have to become political before it has even had the chance to be personal, but for Black people across the United States, our mere survival is political.
What causes pain and grief in my soul is that there are those people deeply saddened and grieving over the loss of another unarmed black male to a white police officer; those able to enter into the grief and complexity of law enforcement.
The people who carry guns and wear uniforms in the name of public service have to respect and obey civilians and civilian authority or else they are an occupying army. And that's what everyone demonstrating in the streets of America is complaining about.
In New York City, since protests began over the treatment of African-Americans caught up in the criminal justice system, the police union there has done everything possible to inflame tensions and undermine civil authority.
So it's time to end the noise and hostility, and initiate change. A good place to start would be for police departments and community leaders to start speaking with each other instead of at each other, and to do it in a meeting room instead of on the streets.
The police who turned their backs didn't just turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio; they turned their backs on the legacy of Officer Ramos. They turned their backs on the people they've sworn to protect. In essence they proclaimed, "We are not walking the streets on duty to protect you."
After the death of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos a week ago, Giuliani spewed the following bit of hate about President Obama: "We've had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police."