An Open Letter to the NYC Police Department

I see on the news that officers are requesting that Mayor de Blasio not attend police funerals in New York. While I understand your reaction to the Mayor given the two recent murders of NYC police officers, it is not the Mayor who painted targets on your backs. 

It is the prosecutor and Grand Jury in Staten Island. 

The problem here is not really the conduct of Officer Pantaleo, though he certainly didn't help. The problem is that he wasn't indicted. 

Cops are going to get overzealous. You do something extremely dangerous for a living and there are times officers are going to step over lines. I realize that freedom from interference helps you do your jobs; the problem is that that is only true up to a point, after which this freedom creates a problem, and I mean specifically a problem for you. A dangerous problem. 

That problem is that a significant portion of the City's population now believes the police can murder them at will with impunity. The more people really believe that, the more dangerous your lives get. That is neither a favorable outcome for the police department nor for the population you protect for a living. 

Now, I understand full well that the idea that the police could murder people with impunity doesn't mean most of you would if the opportunity presented itself. I have no doubt that if most New York officers had been in Ofc. Pantaleo's place when Eric Garner was arrested, Garner would still be alive today and the arrest would not have made the news. This in iself should in theory prevent murders like the two recent murders of NYC officers. 

But it doesn't. One of the reasons it doesn't is that you are fostering the perception that your police department believes that you should be above the law to whatever extent humanly possible, presumably because of the nature of your work. You are fostering the impression that you see very little wrong with the procedures followed leading to Eric Garner's death. The public does not see police outrage over the slow strangulation of a non-violent cuffed suspect.

The nature of your work is critical. However, your survival is also critical. Survival means not making enemies of large parts of the City's population because they assume things about you that aren't true. Survival means not fostering the impression that you think you should be above the law given that it is the law you enforce. This is not the time to close ranks. This is the time to make sure everyone knows that there are certain things you do not tolerate, even among your own, expecially among your own. The more you police yourselves, the less you need to fight with the rest of the world.

Stay safe. Just understand that this is not about the Mayor. He has not, to my knowledge, encouraged violence. What he is encouraging is accountability. The perception of accountability helps not only him; if anything, it helps you even more.

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Comment by Arthur James on December 22, 2014 at 6:01am

`

Police Officers and readers

of ` stinky politico lobbied 

folk ` OUGHT Listen To:

`

Kathleen Battle sing:

`

Handel's ` He Shall 

Feed His Flock - and

The Kennedy Center is

The Place To Go To Hear.

Buy?

Share?

Grant?

Cops fret?

They want free

Dunking Doug-nuts.

Eunuch can be mind

loss - as in weak gonads.

Testicles in a tech age are?

Modern ( secret ) deceivers.

They plot and erase true sane

rational thought processes.

No delete varied voices.

No promote modern

day illiteracy. okay?

Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 22, 2014 at 8:46am

R&L... NYPD has got this wrong.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 22, 2014 at 8:48am

perfect   and will air it on 1.3.15

Comment by Arthur James on December 22, 2014 at 11:02am

`

... I stop off on way

to visit a Neighbor.

IF Ya wish to find

a pen to write nice

Love Letter? Visit a

Farmer's ` Pig Pen.

`

Ask to borrow a ` pen,

and sit down to ` write?

A Romantic nice ` gentle,

loving-kind kind ` letter.

It wise to no add ` strife,

and ill/bred odd ` division.

`

I go read ` Cartoon WUMO '

and others ` read @ deleter '

`

Renee Prince & ref;, Dolphins,

and ` Saneer ' humble Insights,

and ` Carl Jung ' but no blow the

paid ` lobbyist  Mr. Bribed Bubbles.

`

I got more to 'spew' but do spew nicely?

`

I try to catchup and discern ` de drift '

AS? what is noxious v. Ah! ` fragrant '

and not so-ill and toxic so ` rancid '

`

It wise to ` jot down private ` ideas '

and wait a ` wee bit before we ` spew '

and create ` ill-chaous and ill ` society '

` , '

pause

calm

quiet

`

Comment by koshersalaami on December 23, 2014 at 7:59am

As I said on OS, I agree with this

Comment by Arthur James on December 23, 2014 at 9:09am

` OKAY! I NO HERE ALL DAY! THEN? SQUARE BE BACK ` I FORGOT WHAT I GONNA SPEW? SO, GO VIEW QUACKS!

Comment by Arthur James on December 23, 2014 at 9:14am

`

sigh...

Most of the

comment got

lost. Well?

`

It best to visit

64- Acre Lake.

View ducks, and

no imitate a FAKE

Canadian DUCK'S

QUACK 0- QUACK!

`

GADS

ZEUS

KOSH

`

OHO O

HEEHAW

YO HOW O

BALONEY O!

`

clear?

`

audacity

verbosity

stink-tank

sewer ill's

bribed sigh:

`

ILL spewer

from sewer?

Ya tell viewers?

Comment by Arthur James on December 23, 2014 at 10:30am

`

It grey and foggy.

Invite Neighbors to

share goat milk and

Piedmont Biscotti

Cookies and Sip Tea.

Use Round Cup Bowl.

I Had a Ivory Bowl.

It was Stollen after

I got 

blown away by a live

John BACA's Grenade.

Hay, BACA POT FLOP?

`

serious smile ...

BACA GOT A NICE

VALOR MEDAL.

BACA FLOP A

STEEL ( hat )

HELMIT POT

ON AS GRENADE.

`

How YA TELL what a

BOOM-BLAST BOOM!

feel like in a nasty war?

`

banter...

`

I read ref:,

grenade ref;,

on blog post.

`

I recall grenade

blast, and gads,

i still got 2- leg.

`

It not about you

and me. Life/Death,

and inner ` Animation...

`

purity...

`

Pure Intent

`

Comment by koshersalaami on December 24, 2014 at 6:27am
What did the blast do to John?
Comment by Arthur James on December 24, 2014 at 6:42am

`

John Baca stayed BLASTED

after war. I'd invite Baca to visit

the farm, but he FLIRTED with

Michele who was WOOED by

Gin Drunk. Baca would visit

local bars twenty miles away.

He drank locally but then did

not want the bartender at loco

SaLOONS to think he drank 

too much. You Tube ` PBS '

interviewed ` Medal of Valor '

Recipients if not ` Dead '

`

Baca is a good ole soul...

He stopped drinking after

driving 5- mph with poop

in his pants down the San

Diego Freeway. I think he

got awarded ` 5 ' DUI's. He

Sober now. Ask ` John Baca '

`

WHO WUMO &

WHO BACA THE

JOLLY STEEL POT

HAT FLOPPER? gads.

`

Have nice day and eve.

Please no scare Santa.

We need DIGIT toys.

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