Like any blog writer I’d be delighted to convert writing this into my livelihood. That’s hard to do of course. If I had the freedom (time and money, modest amount) I could publish three or so researched, thought out posts a week, plus supporting the blog in social media. More support could enable me to add interviews and podcasting.
Areas for this blog to explore:
- a detailed look at police training focusing particularly on the simulations — is it designed to terrify the officers and further desensitize them?;
- what’s the police core mission (not the written one, the actual one)? — obviously not to serve and protect the citizens;
- what’s the story with police unions? Why do they often become criminals’ unions? The postal employee unions don’t openly defend their criminals, such as those mailmen who throw away mail. I’m sure they want their accused members to have their day in court with fair play, due process and rules of evidence — but they don’t become obstreperous in their ‘defense of members’. Is Civil Service an alternative to unions?
- Is the treatment of African Americans a rehearsal for how the .01%ers wish to treat all citizens (actually that would be subjects, not citizens)?
- Other tie-ins with Occupy.
As a parallel effort I will also be seeking crowdfunding to mount a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) campaign on the NYPD use/misuse of of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test. Are they really seeking violent, unempathic individuals as cops (https://keepcopsnormal.org/2015/03/09/the-eric-garner-murder-nypd-stop-hiring-psycho-ward-cops/)? Another FOIL subject could be the NYPD databases.
Perhaps at some point KeepCopsNormal could become a national FOIL organization. But that would take massive funding.