It makes me very angry to see the kind of corruption that allows a member of law enforcement to get away with murder. Him and his nephew should have gone to jail a long time ago. They should be held more accountable for such a crime, not less.

But putting that aside for a moment I would like to speak to the mores and norms that lead to such corruption. No right is absolute in the U.S. It seems that the law is only upheld when there is a willingness by law enforcement to enforce a particular law. That willingness seems to dissipate when public support does not exist. That is not true in this case. The law was not enforced in spite of overwhelming public support for action.

Punishing people for being poor does not have support from a majority of the population but it happens anyway. Police officers simply do what they are told by a corrupt minority of the population. The tendency for a given person to simply do what they are told by an authority figure has been scientifically evaluated by the Milgram experiments and the Stanford Prison experiment. I don’t care. When police officers refuse to enforce the law they should be held accountable. When they abuse the laws in a deliberate effort to retaliate against an individual they should be held accountable.

However, we bear responsibility for the actions of these officers as well. We need to have this conversation out loud. We need to bring this conversation into the light and out of the realm of the unspoken mores and norms. These traits of being human need to be addressed and confronted head on instead of as an after thought.

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