Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    Been in law enforcement, I like the idea of the body cameras. Like dash cams have proven, it’s far more a matter of documenting the offender actions, not the police. But, I also can’t condone bad cops- too bad they too often represent their “community standards” as was the case in Ferguson.

  2. twclix

    twclix GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    Not been in law enforcement. But body cams are a good first step. They should be followed by a citizens review board to review every use of deadly force. Plus we need to reform or disband police unions. They foster the toxicity of the cop-civilian relationship by tirelessly protecting bad cops.

  3. lonecat

    lonecat said, 1 day ago

    When I was young, oh so many years ago, I was hassled repeatedly by police. One time I was sitting in a park in Saranac, upstate New York, about ten at night, with two friends. We were visiting a friend who lived there. We were peacefully minding our own business, and suddenly there were two police cars with their search lights on us. We didn’t move. The cops came out and asked to see our ID and asked us what we were doing. We explained that we were visiting and we told them where we were staying. They weren’t satisfied and continued to question us. It turns out that a while before someone had broken into a soft-ice-cream stand in the park. Now if we had done that, why would we be sitting in the park? Eventually they let us go. We went back to our friend’s house and we were getting ready to go to sleep and suddenly there was a cop car at the door. They had come to get us to take us down to the station. It was probably about midnight. So they took us down to the station and grilled us, one by one. Finally after about an hour of this, they let us go back to our friend’s house. I figure the night officer was bored, so he decided to use us to pass the empty hours of the the night. It was just a completely useless harassment of peaceful young people.

    I’ve got a bunch of these stories. I’ve seen much worse than I’ve had to endure myself. I remember watching a couple of cops in the New York subway rough up a harmless drunk. He was in no shape to cause any trouble, and I can see that he should have been taken in, if only for his own protection, but one cop in particular seemed to feel that this was a great opportunity to practice beating up someone who was helpless. This was in the days before cell phones, so there was nothing to do about it.

    Clearly we need police and I have no doubt that most police are decent people who do a good job. But there are too many who let the power go to their heads.

  4. John Locke

    John Locke said, 1 day ago

    @lonecat

    If you’ve got a bunch of these stories, you have made a habit of putting yourself into bad situations. After awhile, the law has got to wonder why you’re always on hand for mischief.

  5. Bob

    Bob said, 1 day ago

    @twclix

    Oooo. I’m telling the dems you’re a union buster. Lol

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, 1 day ago

    @John Locke

    Right, sitting in a park is obviously suspect. Riding the subway in New York, that’s no good. Here’s the only thing I can think of — in those days I made my living as a musician, so often I would be coming home at about 2 in the morning, and boy, that was enough to attract the police. I don’t mind at all that the police keep an eye on things, but there’s a way to do it that isn’t so confrontational.

  7. Cerabooge

    Cerabooge said, 1 day ago

    @John Locke

    Classic “blame the victim”. I think I’m gonna hurl.

  8. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends said, 1 day ago

    @lonecat

    I haven’t had the experiences with the cops you did, but even so, as someone who was a student for a looong time, I got used to being stopped and asked what I was doing…and I might point out that I am a very small female. I made it a policy never to get out of my car when stopped, as it was usually at night in a trip to or from the lab. It was not something that made me feel safer, that is for sure, but was a common experience in the student community, especially during the civil rights disturbances.

  9. Anarcissie

    Anarcissie said, 1 day ago

    @John Locke

    Today they have Stop & Frisk. I know quite a few people who have been detained for simply standing around, or walking down the street. This is called ‘productivity’ and goes back to broken-window theory.

  10. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, 1 day ago

    The solution is obvious: body cams with GPS and internet capability for everyone 18 years of age or older. Heavy prison sentences for anyone caught outside without an operational system. Upside: little need for the NSA to intercept your phone calls anymore. After all, if you are not a criminal and have nothing to hide you should have no objection to this.

  11. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, 1 day ago

    I think the cops who are in favor of cameras know that they will certainly help both “sides” of a confrontation. The cop will be somewhat protected against false claims of excessive force, and the citizen will be equally protected from that force. The cops who are against it? Makes me wonder…

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    I got stopped about 35 times for driving with long hair.

  13. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, 1 day ago

    Yeah, half of Brooks’s articles are thinly-disguised lectures on how people should blindly submit to authority (preferably religious authority, and more preferably still his brand of religious authority) because we just cannot be trusted with our own moral compass. Maybe he should consider that the reason police aren’t trusted is because police have abused that trust.

    Anybody who spouts the stupidity of the guy in this comic, though (whom I see Mr. Rall has placed on the left side of the panels) is either an idiot or one of those armchair “anarchists” who lacks any sort of understanding of human nature.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 1 day ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    What side he is on to us is of no import. He is on the Right side from his position.

  15. mattro53

    mattro53 said, 1 day ago

    @John Locke
    If you were a white male with long hair in the ‘60s &’70s you didn’t have to be “… on hand for mischief.” to have a lot of police encounters. If you were/are black,well…
    @jrmerm
    Clearly unconstitutional and a little pricey. I don’t believe you mean it but there are people who think that’s a good idea.

    There’s been a bill introduced in the CA Assembly that would mandate that police write reports and take statements before footage is reviewed. That seems like a very good idea to me.

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