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Thursday May 23rd 2024

Fresh Springs And Flowing Streams

By Peter Molenaar

It was August 30, 2010 when John T. Williams, a 50-year-old Native American woodcarver, was shot four times by a Seattle police officer. He was simply crossing the street while holding a block of wood and a pocket knife.

What year was it when Julani, a Somali neighbor, was gunned down here? True, he brandished a machete, but he was warding off demons, not attacking people. They surrounded him and then”¦

Yes, the long list of victims dates back to slave cargo ships, the genocide, and the inception of “free-enterprise.” No, we will not “get over it.”

But now fresh springs burst free from a saturated soil. Small streams combine to form rivers. “The revolution begins now!” And yes, there are countless meetings and public forums.

4200 Cedar Ave., December 15”¦

Communities United Against Police Brutality captioned their forum “Getting Away with Murder”¦” Currently the CUAPB is petitioning a change in the Minneapolis Charter which would require officers to purchase liability insurance. “Think before you act” is the intent, along with eliminating the city”'s exposure to brutality lawsuits.

Some additional proposals include: 1.) more “cops of color” 2.) jail time for filing a false report 3.) body-cams. The image of police officers as heroic workers and public servants might one day be restored.

As for “the revolution begins now,” this slogan has merit. But the rivers of outrage are not at flood stage. No, not yet.

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