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Jerry Dunk 07-01-2020 11:35 AM


Originally Posted by BEAL (Post 8337296)
I feel like we’re trying to force a solution to a reality that doesn’t exist.

I get that other countries will authorize firearms when they have problems escalate and I’m jealous that it seems to be few and far between (at least what makes the world news)

Considering the gun violence and crime here in the States, we’d be authorizing weapons all day every day where it’d probably make sense to just give them a gun again.

On CNN two cops were shot, one killed for a traffic stop. Disarming the police doesn’t stop the gun violence here.

I don’t even know if there can be a solution. Our politicians are scared to pass laws to restrict because they’ll get voted out and replaced with people who’ll roll everything back. And the cycle of death continues.

We’re seeing the same thing play out over a virus. How dare you try and regulate my health!
America = kill or be killed if i wanna

Throwing our hands up and saying "Things can never get better, we're too far gone" is not a solution.

BEAL 07-01-2020 11:57 AM

No, I’m saying i don’t know what to do. I would ban guns if it was feasible. It’s not. Regulations, restrictions , common sense laws. Finding ways to get less guns in public is better than nothing.

I don’t agree disarming a police force in a country with this many guns is a good idea.

We can disagree. You can point to other countries but they are not even remotely like the US.

Australia banned weapons but they don’t have a cult of gun worship like here. And who knows if something like that would pass today in their country. Attitudes change.

We have a police culture problem and a gun problem. Both can be improved.

Can we find people with enough guts to do it ?

Jerry Dunk 07-01-2020 12:18 PM

I don't know if police culture can be improved, but I think taking their guns away is a good way to start. And I do think we need to be clear that the idea is not that there are no law enforcement officers anywhere without guns. But most officers do not need them, and they usually lead to violence unnecessarily.

At the very least, a good place to start would be that the 40 percent of police officers with domestic violence in their past should be disarmed. I'm not sure they should even be law enforcement, but they certainly shouldn't have guns.

BEAL 07-01-2020 06:12 PM

I agree with that. Any sort of violent background should keep them off the force.

Somehow the culture of cops being above the law and some weird fraternity needs to be broken up.

Why not a government oversight that’s separate from DOJ / politics that does nothing but focus on police reform and investigations?

MrsSpringsteen 07-04-2020 07:53 AM

Pos cops who took laughing smiling pictures, reenacting the chokehold that killed Elijah McClain, were fired. Sickening and appalling.

Irvine511 07-11-2020 01:56 PM

Good article. Where reality meets theory, especially as violent crime is starting to rise in major US cities after almost 3 decades of decline.



Residents in this small Southeast Washington apartment community share the same fears of police and the same desire for a cultural change as those protesting the killing in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis. They want bad officers to be fired and jailed. They want society to confront racial bias in law enforcement. And they support pouring money into alternative justice programs.

But their relationship with law enforcement is more complicated and nuanced than the slogans shouted in front of the White House. They are not so quick to support shrinking the size and wallets of the police force. If anything, they want more police, and they’re willing to invest to get them better trained and more attentive to their communities.

Matthew Underwood, 23, a landscaper who said he has been racially profiled — once searched for weapons because he said his seat belt was unfastened in a parked car — complained a police officer was at the far end of Cedar Street when Davon was shot.

“He wasn’t up there where the shooting came from,” Underwood said, noting two gunmen had shot up the street with assault-style weapons five days earlier. “That to me don’t make sense. They got to be more vigilant. They know where it’s coming from.”

Ebony Kibler, who has lived on Cedar Street for more than a decade, said both police and criminals put her 10-year-old son “at risk for maybe not coming back home to me. We already got crime going on. We don’t want to have to feel like we have to fight the police too.”


Five people have been killed in Anacostia so far this year, and slayings across the city are up 18*percent from last year’s decade high. As frustration mounts, so does the search for solutions.

After the D.C. Council unanimously voted last week for a budget that strips the District’s police force of millions of dollars, which will probably result in a smaller force, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said, “They made the District less safe.”

The police chief wants more officers and harsher penalties for repeat gun offenders, noting two of the suspects in Davon’s killing were awaiting trial in firearms cases. Members of the D.C. Council say those ideas don’t work and want a smaller force and money diverted to other programs to help communities.

The challenge is to address underlying causes of violence — rooted in a wide array of urban ills that police argue they’re ill-equipped to deal with but confront on a daily basis — poverty, drug addiction, joblessness, underfunded schools and lack of opportunity, to name a few.

Bowser, answering questions about Davon and her city’s spending plan last week, made it clear there are no easy solutions. “Are you suggesting to me there’s some magic answer that’s reflected in my budget?” the mayor said. “I wish there were.”

She added, “But it all makes us feel powerless to stop gun violence.”

Balencia Adams’s mother lives on Cedar Street and saw gunmen as they ran from Davon’s shooting, close enough she saw green laser sights on the guns.

Adams, who is raising a 9-year-old son, lives near the complex and visits often. Before Davon was killed, Adams, 30, said, “I would say defund them,” referring to police. Now she is having second thoughts. Noting the death of the boy, she said, “This is beyond. Police need more presence here. They need to step it up. They’re sitting in their cars. Walk around. Where are all the police people on bicycles?”

Canethia Miller, 23, is raising two young sons on Cedar Street. She is starting a business to teach teens and young men how to invest money.

Miller said she fully supports Black Lives Matter — “it’s about time somebody said something” about police violence. “They need to put their money into training, because the way they’re being trained is not correct.

“The best advice I can give you is stay in the house. I’m so serious. You go outside and think you’re having fun, the police might stop you from doing something, or claim it’s illegal, or you might get shot outside. Either way, it doesn’t work for us.”

Both officials and residents must look for answers, said William Borum, 59, who has lived on Cedar Street for eight years. He attended the demonstrations at Black Lives Matter Plaza and wants changes in policing. He also wants politicians to more strictly regulate firearms and thinks parents should go through their children’s things to learn what they’re up to.

But defund policing?

“Of course not,” Borum said. “That’s totally, totally wrong.”

Nyeem Smith watched Davon since he was 5 and saw him grow alongside his own son. The boys played football together, dreaming of one day playing professionally as teammates. Smith supports the progress the Black Lives Matter movement has made in sparking conversations about *revamping the criminal justice system but said police are still needed.

“If someone shoots someone in the community, there has to be consequences,” Smith said. “For now, they are the only system in place to stop the people who killed Davon.”

But that system is flawed. He wants to see more programs to promote peaceful resolutions to disputes. He thinks police need more homegrown recruiting because “we don’t have people from our communities policing our community.” And he thinks departments need deeper psychological checks to find out if potential hires harbor racist beliefs.

“I think the BLM movement has opened the door,” Smith said. “They have perked up the ears of the people in charge to listen. I ain’t going to say dismantle it, but something has to change.”


MrsSpringsteen 07-30-2020 07:02 AM

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dazzledbylight 07-30-2020 06:02 PM


Originally Posted by MrsSpringsteen (Post 8339325)

:( :(

Unconsciable actions causing her death.

Hugofirst1994 08-10-2020 05:36 PM

Great, and Awesome

Irvine511 08-10-2020 09:08 PM


Originally Posted by Hugofirst1994 (Post 8339991)

Please clarify what you mean by this.

MrsSpringsteen 08-11-2020 06:14 AM


Originally Posted by Irvine511 (Post 8339999)
Please clarify what you mean by this.

Seems strange

Hewson 08-11-2020 06:39 AM


Originally Posted by Irvine511 (Post 8339999)
Please clarify what you mean by this.

I think its clear he's a racist troll.

Irvine511 08-11-2020 07:27 AM


Originally Posted by Hewson (Post 8340009)
I think its clear he's a racist troll.

Was giving him a chance to explain himself.

But, yes.

phanan 08-11-2020 08:27 AM

Just joined last week, so yeah.

bono_212 08-11-2020 01:11 PM

And their only post. What a great contribution to the board.

Hewson 08-11-2020 01:31 PM


Originally Posted by bono_212 (Post 8340062)
And their only post. What a great contribution to the board.

I'd bet its their only post under that name, but not their only post ever.

dazzledbylight 08-11-2020 03:32 PM


you could be right.

MrsSpringsteen 08-19-2020 06:08 PM

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Oprah donated 26 billboards in honor of Breonna Taylor. This was done to the billboard in her hometown of Louisville this week.

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dazzledbylight 08-20-2020 02:32 PM

Racist vandal :angry:

MrsSpringsteen 08-24-2020 06:11 PM

Jacob Blake

I pray that he survives.

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