This idea seemed heartbreakingly obvious to me. Almost as obvious as the U.S. gun fetish being completely out of anyone’s control.
In Cincinnati a shoulder mounted police camera told a starkly different story than Ray Tensing and his fellow officers did.
The way Dylann Roof effortlessly got his hands on a gun – due to a three-day window loophole, within which a disqualifying arrest wasn’t discovered – is mind-bendingly absurd.
While I do think police have gotten a little too Seal Team 6 in their self-image, they are only responsible for a fraction of the shockingly vast number of Americans killed by gunfire.
Sometimes lost in the noise and protest over police misconduct is the fact that they are just human beings worried for their own safety too. The loss of an officer in the line of duty is everyone’s loss. My hat is off to the brave young Officer Moore.
Someday I look forward to no more cartoons conveying disbelief over another black person dying while in police custody. It seems that every month I’ve had to reluctantly weigh in on another incident. I can’t wait to stop drawing about the actions of the few bad cops that overshadow those of all the good cops.
This cartoon is about more than Baltimore. Police in every major US city find themselves on the front lines of an entire system that still – after a couple hundred years – hasn’t outgrown intrinsic prejudices. That’s the stubborn, intractable force behind the horrific riots in Baltimore, and elsewhere.
Is it now a civic duty to film police? Just in case?
Retiring Nassau cops deserve a good retirement. This year’s round of $500,000 final year payouts was low compared to previous years’ jackpots. I don’t blame the cops, they’re getting what’s rightfully theirs, based on their union’s negotiations with politicians who aren’t very good negotiators.
Remember when warring N.Y.C. gangs were of the street variety?