Saturday, January 3, 2015

Place Your Bets

The Cleveland PD is passing the investigatory buck up a level.  One of their cops killed a kid.  Another case of righteous death by a cop's blazing gun?   I doubt one can get out of a quickly halting car, tell the subject to put his hands up, wait for the subject to react, assess bodily threat to self, draw, aim and fire all within in two seconds. We'll have to wait and see, but I'm betting Cleveland will have a Ferguson pulled for them.

It's time for all police shootings to be handled by some form of state level prosecutor and state wide grand jury.  Hell, I'd even pass the investigation to another state if we could.  My trust in officialdom and organizations is very, very low.  When you let locals investigate themselves, it's reasonable to assume they will err in their own favor--my CYA for you may be your CYA for me in the future.

Come to think of it, when state cops are involved, their should a federal prosecutor running the show.  I'm not sure what to do when it's feds who shoot folks.  I don't trust them to investigate themselves--would J. Edgar really do an honest investigation of his own folks, much less those he didn't like?

Cleveland Police hand off investigation into Tamir Rice shooting to county sheriff

Government works when we have the checks and balances that prevent people from doing very human, but very stupid shit.  To the extent we can implement such practices, we can institutionalize them, we can make them normative, and then merely have to be alert for retrograde behavior.  Eternal vigilance, folks, eternal vigilance!

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