The Counselor sez,
The murder capitals of the United States in no particular order are Chicago, Camden, Baton Rouge, St. Louis and Detroit. Chicago had thirteen murders this weekend. Like Doc said, police violence is 5 percent of the problem. The biggest problems are young inner city mostly black men shooting each other, and bystanders, and other people who look like their enemies for inconsequential reasons.
I imagine that police in that sort of environment are often put in a few very sticky situations. Some police probably also become jaded and mean after a few too many gun battles. Here's some questions:
1) Given the current bad press, how is an inner city police department to recruit good police officers?
2) What does an inner city war zone turn police officers into?
3) What incentive do police officers have to do good work or enter into dangerous or sticky situations?
4) How does a city break out of this cycle of violence?
Field Gulls has a neat "Hawkstradamus" thread up in which users are called on to make predictions SAT-style ... What will be Russell Wilson's passer rating? How many yards will Thomas Rawls get? How many defensive Pro Bowlers will the Seahawks have? It's fun and different because each reader is called on to commit to something in just a few words. Tough for the commenters, but more than worth it for the readers.
Not holding out tons of hope that many denizens will respond to Mojician's survey, but if I do, perhaps Mojician himself will ;- )
1) People need good careers. Quality young men jump at non-college jobs that pay well. Young macho guys often love the idea of badges, even welcoming extra risk and bravado - at least in the recruiting phase! Suggest just giving attractive wages, and making sure that the supervisors are "good guys." With experience and good hearts.
2) Glad to hear Michael Bennett (of all people) saying this week that Americans need "to see both sides." Nobody even talks about this critical 2) question. Wish we did.
3) Only the goodness of their hearts.
4) I don't think it can, if the media and politicians are going to use the "divisive" rhetoric they've been using.
Outside the test, one more thought: many, many young citizens today grow up lacking respect, especially respect for authority, much less respect for others' property or speech rights. First thing the U.S. Army does to turn a non-functional 19-year-old into an adult, in 10 weeks, is Step One: learn respect.
Which does go back to question 4). Respect for authority is not much of the conversation, it doesn't seem.
Mojician can grade my test scores.