I don’t even know what the hell I was thinking yesterday when I thought we could fix policing via legislation. Another police shooting in Minneapolis. And of course, they’re treating a grieving community like shit yet again.
Like so many, I keep thinking, “we need better rules” – but the culture of “fuck you, we’re the cops and we can do whatever we want” is so ingrained that I don’t know how we get out of that.
We need to come up with a better public safety system. We can do it. We just have to decide that we actually want something better than this. I know I do – I just have to break away from the idea that better rules will make better police.
One of the Windsor police has been fired – but what about the culture that made them think that traffic stop was OK? One of our state senators was quick to point out that the stop would have been illegal if it had happened 3 months later. I don’t know if that would have changed anything… (Also, I thought we hadn’t been able to get rid of qualified immunity?)
Has anyone even suggested that there might be a QI defense in this situation? After 3/1/20, the non-fired officer would have no QI defense due to SB5030 & under 46.2-1003 effective 3/1/21 there would've been no basis to stop the car & no QI defense? pic.twitter.com/5HRJ9HQ89V— Senator Scott Surovell (@ssurovell) April 12, 2021
I don’t know how the fuck we fix this and convince people that we can have something better, but we’ve got to try.