Yeah, the plan was for this edition to be a continuation of what was started last week with [CableTelevision Ad-whacking], but after watching more common sense (naturally-speaking, of course) bleeding out on the streets in several locations around this country over the tragedy involving [Freddie Gray], the rest of the ad-whacking story will just have to wait. Oh, and the title to this piece is indeed quite fitting. For much of what I have been given to say will undoubtedly be considered unacceptable (if not downright outrageous) by most. Subsequently, my popularity will surely take another hit from the opening of my mouth.
In regards to current and fairly recent events, another fitting title for this piece would be vicious cycles. For police departments around this country are now finding themselves under direct attack because of their callous and brutal service to their respective communities while the brutalized act out in ways that seem to justify the way they have been treated for far too long. Come on now, how can it be claimed that they should not be treated like a pack of dangerous animals when they go about burning businesses simply because they are there?
Wow, considerations concerning CNN being fairly left-leaning in their news coverage needs to be reevaluated. For in one interview of a lady in Baltimore that made it on the air had her claiming that she did not understand why people were calling the police victims after several officers were injured by flying objects being hurled at them by a rampaging mob. In another interview, a man in Philadelphia thought it was outrageous for the police to come at them in riot-gear and on horseback when they just wanted to march down I-95.
On the other hand, far too many police departments seem focused upon everything but keeping the peace. For they refuse to apologize for doing their job after smashing in the wrong door, arresting the wrong person and generally treating far too many on their streets as potential suspects instead citizens they are supposed to be serving and protecting.
In one episode during the third season of [The Wire], the commander of a police district chides one of his officers for not fostering better relations with the people on his beat. For those would be the people who could make his job much easier—both in regards to preventing and solving crimes.
By the way, if you have access to HBO programming and have never watched The Wire, you are really missing out on something special. Ironically, the show is set in Baltimore, and it covers everything from illegal drugs to worthless policies being administered by corrupt politicians in a very realistic manner. In fact, [Billy Murphy, Jr.] has been retained by the Freddie Gray family to represent their interests, and he actually appeared as a lawyer on [The Wire].
Our judicial system is not without their own share of self-inflicted wounds. For when a United States Supreme Court justice can claim that indisputable evidence of innocence is not enough to overturn a wrongful conviction and not be shouted down by his peers, how can the downtrodden hope for a fair hearing before the courts? How can any of us if justice is indeed blind?
Alas, our lives in this world are meant to be awful, but it does not have to be as bad as it can be. Tragically, it is not going to get any better until it gets much, much worse. For most with the means to do something about injustice (including people like you and me) have kept themselves far from the fray, and it is purely natural for one to not be concerned with what is not affecting them directly.
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