Former Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan's take
While Tim Dolan was leading the Minneapolis Police Department, he saw his fair share of civil unrest. Looking at the powerful images coming out of Ferguson, he said he is reminded of the 1960s -- and he says police need to remember something too.
"It's not a war. We're not at war with these protesters," Dolan said. "We're there to protect their right to protest and make sure things are peaceful and make sure nobody gets hurt."
Ferguson police have been widely criticized for their handling of Wednesday night's protests. An over-zealous officer fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a peaceful crowd, and police even arrested two journalists covering the unrest. According to Dolan, the problem may have started with how police presented themselves.
"If you come out in the turtle gear and the head gear and the face mask and the riot sticks -- you're dressed for a fight and you're probably going to get one," Dolan said.
During the Republican National Convention, Dolan made it a point to remind officers that every day was a new day -- and not to carry tensions forward. He stressed that it is OK to match force with force, but said it's also important to meet peace with peace.
*I appreciate this mans comments*
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
Truth is, I find that people actually get along very well in general. Like you I'm sure, I'm around all sorts of people all the time, and it's nothing but respectful and pleasant and enjoyable all the time. My kids play sports with kids from all over the area, I work with all sorts of people from different backgrounds, and I'm out and about all the time in all corners of the area I live.
However, it gets preached to the black community that I'm actually at home planning their demise and inventing ways to limit their opportunities every way possible. I'm demonized while just sitting at home eating with my family.
I see this in black people's eyes often when I meet them for the first time. It takes time to break down a barrier that should have never been there in the first place.
I'm not unique. I'm like most every white person they meet. I don't harbor this hatred they're told I do. And this is despite the fact that I'm politically very conservative in general, which should mean nothing, but the media has translated as bigoted and hateful.
It disgusts me that they're fed this crap, and that I feel like I have to "prove" that I'm a decent person every time. I don't go to any extra effort than for anyone else, but it does cross my mind.
If the reason that there are no blacks in local government in an area that is overwhelmingly black, the reason is most likely because none of them run. Why they don't run, I have no idea.
There is a school district near us that is overwhelmingly Hispanic, about 70%, but had no Hispanics on the school board. One ofthe professional racists came in and sued the district. The school district had to start electing board members from their various areas instead of at large. Oh, and the professional racist pocketed a bunch of cash for his efforts.
If minorities are not in elected office, the most likely reason is that they don't run.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
I said the mayor ran unopposed. That doesn't mean that the black community voted for him in majority. They may have stayed home instead of voting.
I suspect the community feels marginalized and therefore acts accordingly.
Originally Posted by Jerry
They can feel as marginalized as they want. Sheer numbers are on their side. They could vote in persons of any color or gender or whatever they want. Those are the facts. The city is overwhelmingly black.
They don't have black Mayors and black city council members because they don't run them. If someone can produce evidence that black people are trying to get on the police force but are being rejected for no cause, then they have an issue there. But if they can't, or it turns out that in fact they aren't even trying, then there is no story here, no racism, no "I feel sorry for them because all of the government reps in the town are white", period.