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I have walked through a crowd of onlookers before to get to a Citizen being pinned by a Portland Officer to the pavement; over a simple situation that had escalated into an intense confrontation. The cop had gone too far in my estimation and a call by me to city hall was followed by a return call from both a PR person on the force and then the officer himself.
Then we have the young woman at the Max station who was quiclky rearrested after setting fire to her room, after her home release, following the Max incident trial. I believe that in this case the perpetrator was the one to fly out of bounds quickest; and to her obvious peril. Twice.
And now Aaron Campbell, shot while probably a little insane, clinically or not, over the death of his brother. Acting unpredictably. And he is shot by an officer who maintains he was attempting to keep Aaron from reaching cover, as he watched what looked like Aaron going for a gun.
As a society we are letting the bar on what is considered legitimate conduct in public, slip farther and farther toward the obscene, immoral, ridiculous, lacivious, confrontational and generally dark side of human nature.
The economy is in great turmiol and many people are exhausting their coping skills on other more basic needs like lights and heat and food; and the day to day grind of bad news and a dim outlook has many people stressed to the limit.
And as this is taking place; We are also less likely every day to correct those around us when they are over the line socially, in nearly any setting, preferring instead to wait until there is a huge problem and then seeking to have the police deal with it.
We need to turn down the volume, unplug, reconnect and sustain each other if we are to survive. Without strong connections between people we will increasingly depend on police, and the government in general, to itervene and be our "decider"; and the results will continue to look more fascist every day.
posted 3 years, 3 months ago
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