I mean, an agreement to knock off being violent racist assholes isn't a bad thing. And the agreement did include provisions for developing training (because just telling cops to stop shooting black people just 'cause won't do when you can spend 18 months developing a class the cops will take that tells them to stop shooting black people just 'cause). And a monitor for oversight who could investigate police misconduct and recommend that something should be done about it.
The problem is actually enforcing whatever good intentions there might be. Will there actually be a change in the culture of policing? Will the recommendations of the overseers actually have any effect? Will the police department impose real discipline on cops who continue to abuse citizens? Will the union effectively stymie that effort?
And will the city come up with the money to implement the program they're agreeing to.
As I say, I'm not optimistic. Then again, nobody's ever accused me of being a glass-half-full kind of guy.
So why now? Because
Our officers have been trained to survive, to be prepared, to go out in our neighborhoods as if they are in the military. We want our officers to be safe and vigilant and able to protect our community and themselves. But we have changed that philosophy from being a warrior ... to being a guardian.
That's Calvin Williams, Cleveland's Chief of Police. And if he's serious, and if they let him take even small steps in that direction.
You know. From