Why Has So Little Changed?

The aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in 2014 (and an ensuing presidential task force) was tried to raise the standard for police use of deadly force. Which now in 2020 has led to approximately 1,000 persons each year being killed by police in our nation.

Separate counts by journalists (not our government) has revealed that the number remains basically unchanged over the past six years .

How is this possible? A national outrage and the numbers remain static?

Concerned citizen groups have pressed police and struggled with their resistance. They have implored police leaders to raise the standard outlined in the USSC decision in Graham v. Connor, of “objective reasonableness” to a one that recognizes the sanctity of human life in which members of the European Union require of their police — one of “absolute necessity.” There has been few successes.

Why is it so difficult for us to acknowledge the importance of government actors to protect the sanctity of our lives and demand them to do so?

Michael Brown’s body lying in the street (2014).
George FLoyd dying in the street (2020).

4 Comments

  1. “Why is it so difficult for us to acknowledge the importance of government actors to protect the sanctity of our lives and demand them to do so?”

    I agree, Chief. Here’s a thought from my most recent meditations: It is not enough to say you are not that cop. You must stop that cop. You must reject that cop. You must purge those cops from your ranks. You must make those cops pariahs. You must rise above those cops if you are ever to release yourself from the stain of their deeds.

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  2. “Hhy is it so difficult for us to acknowledge the importance of government actors to protect the sanctity of our lives and demand them to do so?”

    Because when you look at the history of our country, our government officials were also prominent business leaders who had a vested interest in protecting their businesses at all costs and never gave a care about the lives of their workers, slaves, and their fellow citizens.

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