As we work our way through another spate of police killings, don’t overlook this vital detail. Just one week after a Tulsa officer shot and killed an unarmed suspect, that officer has been booked into jail on felony charges.
How long do you think it would take for that officer to face any form of reprimand, much less a prosecution, if she were working in Chicago, New York or Baltimore? Answer: How long is never?
Police violence is likely to link up with poor public education as the thorniest issue the Clinton Administration will face. Police brutality can happen anywhere. However, it is only an endemic problem in places where local political figures are too weak to challenge public employee unions. In other words, it is a blue state problem that exposes a hemorrhaging rift inside the Democratic coalition.
From a post in January, Police brutality is a blue-state problem:
Southern states generally lack mandatory collective bargaining agreements and their public employee unions lack the political organization enjoyed by Northern peers. Southern states have plenty of racism, but the public will not tolerate extreme abuses. Much more importantly, the public possesses the power to hold police and other public workers accountable. Voters in Chicago or Baltimore may be less influenced by racism, but voters there have no leverage to hold police consistently or reliably accountable.
You’re looking at the most divisive issue of the 2020 Democratic primary season and there is no easy resolution in sight.