Talking Politics : Is this Victory?
Week 4 Question 4
Yesterday’s, news surfaces that Betty Shelby, the Oklahoma policewoman who pulled the trigger on Terence Cruthcher, was going to be charged with first-degree manslaughter. It was an historic announcement.
Citizens and protesters alike were fuming over how police officers who fatally shoot black men are let off on Paid Administrative Leaves which is essentially an away from work vacation. Or in more formal words :
Administrative leave is a temporary leave from a job assignment, with pay and benefits intact. — Association of Professional Educators, Wikipedia
Criminal accountability for Mrs. Betty’s actions was certainly a big step in the right direction- event though she’s out of prison on a bond (see citation 1) - but is this milestone? Is this a victory for the BLM movement?
If you look at it , Mrs. Betty Shelby was just another graduate of a faulty police training system. Her being accounted for her actions may not appear to be a milestone if you consider that this isn’t going to stop police brutality.
What’s your take? Do you feel this a huge step forward?
Context : 1. The Young Turks video : https://youtu.be/fw5HzCTclnU
Citation: 1. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/23/us/tulsa-officer-booked-released-on-bond/