Boogaloo Protesters Get PA System and Milk From Cops
To reform the police, it will take a cultural shift in law enforcement. The line between military combat missions and policing needs to be at least as stark as the boundary we want between governing and religion. The two are at destructive odds.
“Us and Them”
Whether “Them” are the racial minority or the poor or those at odds with the government the police have to see “them” and themselves as essentially, operationally, emotionally the same. There is a lot of work to do and a lot of it is denormalizing MAGA / Trump / Far Right alleged facts and very real behaviors. Portland is not a burning wreck. Antifa is not a terrorist group, barely a group at all unless you broaden it out to all of us that want less excess violence from police, and honestly…. one another.
What follows is just a late example of what’s wrong, Stark in contrast, and thick in politics.
Nine immigrant-rights activists who’d been extradited across state lines on misdemeanor charges of trespass and littering gathered outside the Henrico County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office on Thursday with supporters, waving flags and calling for their charges to be dropped.
An hour away in Newport News, Virginia, heavily armed men—some associated with the right-wing “Boogaloo” movement—also gathered outside a police station to protest a misdemeanor trespassing charge against one of their own.
Members of the immigrants-rights group, who learned that their cases would not be dropped, were taken inside the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office to process their arrest paperwork. Members of the Boogaloo group received a public announcement system and chocolate milk from the Newport News Police Department.