Let's talk about another side of police racism — less deadly, but every bit as insidious.
On a night where some neighborhoods in Chicago were experiencing mostly protests, but also some looting and violence, thirteen police officers broke into U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush's office. Official business? Hardly. They slept, relaxed, talked on the phone, ate his food, drank his coffee. For five hours. At least two of them wore white shirts, indicating supervisor rank.
Kate Bolduan asked Rep. Rush about his reaction to this disgraceful violation of his space and their abdication of their duties. He read them for the filth that they are, but with fierce dignity and political genius, as well.
Their feet up on his desk. Supervisors coming in and out. Broke his heart. On top of it all, he is the gracious genius to be gentle (they came into my office uninvited instead of those thugs broke in...) and painted them as being cruel not to HIM, but to their fellow officers! Oh, he is a sly one...this is serious mental jujitsu going on.
Bolduan asked him what consequences he'd like to see for the officers, and if an apology would be enough. Get ready for more of this compassionate brilliance along with righteous criticism.
Damn. Listen to him talking about the protests, and even the looting as the underserved in his city expressing their extreme trauma, and you cannot help get some perspective into why we are finally — hopefully — at an inflection point. Listen to him say the first ones who deserve the apologies are the business people who had their shops destroyed, and next are the fellow cops they abandoned, and you know you have a true public servant who cares about his city. Listen to him describe those thirteen cops as cowards, retreating from the action, leaving their fellow officers to absorb the blows while they lounge, and you know they aren't fit to shine Rep. Bobby Rush's shoes.
Read up on Rep. Rush, and know he is a former Black Panther and civil rights icon, and tell me those police officers didn't know exactly what they were doing, and to whom. Letting his district get destroyed, while they invade his space, put their disgusting feet on his desk, their racist heads on his couch pillows, just so they can perpetuate the lie that Rep. Rush's district is out of control.
Fire and charge every last one of them.