Reflections on Meeting with Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton, and the…
DeRay Mckesson

Thanks for an excellent summary, and specially for your devotion to this urgent issue. I believe all your “eight prescriptions” to manage the increasing role of police as an internal occupation army are critical and necessary, and find your engagement of presidential candidates very appropriate (even when I find Clinton’s position on this issue to be mostly paint, no substance, influenced perhaps by the fact that the military industrial cartels are her main contributors).

That said, I encourage you to push the ending of “community policing” with a much stronger discourse, and with more clarity (“broken windows” being a beautiful metaphor but not reflecting the dimension of obvert occupation that “community policing” really represents).

With urban polices using tools like PredPol (data analytics software that predicts where “unrest” and “crime spikes” will occur , so that police can be “re-inforced” before it happens —, that “community policing” is really “beach-head troop deployments”, in advance of conflict that is either real or provocated into existence by the deployment itself; “community policing” quickly becomes the early taking of positions of an organized, heavily militarized organization with permission to abuse, just about to engage civilians into combat, on a territory (the black/poor neighborhood) that needs to be controlled and occupied.

The description I use is deliberately exaggerated, and yet, it contains no falsehood. Our police is in early stages of deploying what could with some hyperbole be called a police state. The exaggeration, unfortunately, is only a matter of scale on race and stage issues: the black community is the first target (race — perhaps latinos may be next?) and the evolution of the process is in its early moments (stage), but with growing momentum. With the public increasingly getting desensitized to “shoot for running away from a store”, “kill because he *might* have had a gun and was wearing a hoody”, “needed to control the unarmed suspect who was on drugs and he died in the process”, and such hyperbole, it all becomes just a matter of how bad things need to be to be found wrong, and how poor and/or black you need to be to be insignificant, before we called them a crisis.

The crisis exists, it has existed by decades, and its getting worse. Unfortunately, like the proverbial fish in the gradually heating water, a nation watches the victims fall as if that was normal.