t’s time to retrain the cops and take away their military goodies.
Since the police killing of Alton Sterling, thousands of people in Baton Rouge have been peacefully protesting day and night all over the city. There has been no arson in Baton Rouge, no looting, no burning cars, no windows broken, and no people beaten. Police report that rocks and other material has been thrown at them but there is no video of such action nor have there been any arrests for such actions.
Despite these non-violent protests, around 200 people have been arrested and the police have shown a militarized and aggressive response. Baton Rouge police, who have a documented history of brutality, clearly need retraining.
After Ferguson, the US Department of Justice issued a scathing report on the police response to protests in Ferguson and they came up with numerous recommendations for law enforcement. While the police have smartly pulled back from protests at the scene of the Sterling killing, many of the DOJ recommendations are being ignored in other protests around Baton Rouge.