Useful Tip for Police
This is the kind of stuff we're looking for while we're compiling the list of "Things Police Shouldn't Stop Minorities For." This is actually helpful:
- An administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggested at a recent roundtable conversation that, in order to combat “overpolicing” in the community, police should no longer respond to shoplifting claims at large stores such as Wal-Mart, and shouldn’t agree to prosecute people caught stealing.
“I just don’t think that they should be prosecuting cases … for people who steal from Wal-Mart. I just don’t think that, right?” said UW-Madison director of community relations Everett Mitchell. “I don’t think [with] Target or all them other places, them big box stores that have insurance, they should be using justification, the fact that people steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices, right?”
Everett’s remarks were made Tuesday as part of a UW-Madison panel on the topic of “Best Policing Practices.” Everett argued that community police shouldn’t prioritize enforcing the law, but instead should focus on achieving “safety” as it is defined by a local community, even if that definition includes allowing some stores to be robbed with impunity.
So our idea of having an actual list wasn't as far-fetched as some people thought. This guy is actually laying it out for everyone to see...and he's teaching kids who have play-doh for brains and zero life experience to think this is the way to combat "overpolicing." We can barely wait to see the rest of his ideas.