Hey America — The Police Work For Us and Let’s Not Forget That
This has got to be the quote of the week, if not the year, from Norman Stamper, the former Chief of Police in Seattle who says his use of force during the 1999 anti-WTO demonstrations there was “the worst mistake” of his career:
I’m just very, very disappointed and troubled that lessons that we learned in Seattle have not been embraced by American law enforcement in general, by these police departments that are facing mistrust and distrust in their communities in particular. If anything, the police in America belong to the people, not the other way around.
Seemingly simple I know but so true. We the People pay the police to protect us. They work for us. They are our “civil servants.” They’re there to protect CIVILians. Let’s not forget that Americans.
I’m beginning to think we have.