“There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city. All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens.”
—Dallas Police Chief David Brown, in the wake of the recent shooting of five police officers and several others
Mr. Brown, most (but not all) of the causes behind the divisiveness are due to decisions made by individuals well above your pay grade.
I offer a few simple actions that can be taken immediately in both Washington DC and in every state capital around the country – these actions will have immediate beneficial effect toward ending the “divisiveness between our police and our citizens.”
1) Eliminate all laws regarding victimless crimes – including, and especially, drug laws
2) Eliminate minimum wage laws
3) End civil asset forfeiture
As soon as these are ended, several benefits will be immediately realized: the number of negative interactions between police and citizens will be overwhelmingly reduced; more fathers will be free of prison, available to tend to their families; low-skilled and unskilled individuals can work legally; police will have far less incentive to stop and search the citizens.
I could write more – end the subsidies for fatherless families and end public education, for example. However these are much more complex. The above items can be ended tomorrow without concern.
Of course, that we live in a society where it is legal for government employees to commit crimes contributes to this divisiveness. It is also true that residents of high-crime neighborhoods can and should take matters into their own hands.
But if we don’t want to continue on this certain slide toward ever-more divisiveness, enacting the above-listed items will go a long way. Police and citizens are fighting an uphill and losing battle as long as measures such as the above remain in place.
Tonight (July 14) Obama will hold a town hall on the topic of race relations, justice, policing and equality. Let’s see if he is truly interested in improving race relations, justice, policing and equality or if he is interested in doubling-down on the status quo.
Sadly, I know the answer already.