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SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Effect

after 
      Mid Rain
     gauging it
       The net-.7 of an inch. The first rain of the new season.


    After these moments, clean air and lots of smiles on the central coast. Hopes for a good rainy season.

on killing Black men
    FBI Director James Comey hit the nail on the head. He said videos of police killing black men is driving a narrative; "biased police are killing black men at epidemic rates." Comey added "It's a narrative given force by the awesome power of human empathy."
     But Comey notes there is no way to know if the number of black, brown or white people being shot by police is "up, down or sideways over the last three, five or 10 years." There is no national data base or tracking of people killed by cops.
     This writer finds that inexcusable in this age of data and algorithmic analysis. The Associated Press reports the FBI is moving forward with plans to establish a national data base on police use of force. In the meantime I wonder why, as a gesture of public service, police departments don't post their own internal data on use of weapons, lethal and otherwise?

    See you down the trail

7 comments:

  1. Your back yard is a wonderland of Lana!

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    1. She's got talent and works darned hard too.

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  2. Indeed, that must seem like nectar to your plants and grasses.

    Why don't they publish it? Well, probably to say you don't collect the data is easier than taking the fifth.

    cheers,
    Mike

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    1. I'd like to see ACLU and Civil Rights organizations press them (all police departments) for full accounting of all discharged weapon incidents.

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  3. I think that whenever a police officer shoots and kills any individual who turns out to be unarmed, there should be a jury trial. This way either the police officer is exonerated or convicted, better for everyone. And grand juries just stoke distrust.

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  4. Stephen,
    That's a valid suggestion. It moves it to a trier of fact. Good to have you back in the US.

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  5. What a paradise you live in. Beautiful.

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