Alan Wallach

The Chronic Disease of Police


While the verdict in the Chauvin trial was justified. Let’s not get too overjoyed. First, it should never have happened. Chauvin had a long history of abuse. Police leadership could have saved Floyd and, yes, Chauvin by stopping him years ago.

And next, may I now ask WTF is wrong with police. The next day police in Columbus have to shoot a teen age black girl four times because she had a knife? Two trained officers can’t subdue a teenage girl without shooting her four times. It seems to me that the only way we will ever cure this chronic disease is to take guns away from the police. Then they would have to use their brains and proportional force. Years ago, police had a nightstick and knew how to use it. They almost never had to use a gun.