Law enforcement experts are mystified by the passive tactics employed by police in the Virginia city during the Aug. 12 showdown between white nationalists and counterprotesters. “Every city should be looking at what happened to learn a lesson,” said Charlottesville’s former top cop.
In his inaugural address in January, President Trump vowed that “American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” But gun deaths and firearms injuries have increased so far in 2017, according to tallies by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.
The report, by Danielle Sered of the advocacy group Common Justice, suggests a “new vision” that includes policies and practices that are survivor-centered, based on accountability, safety-driven, and racially equitable.
Heather Mac Donald assails the “false narrative” of an “epidemic of racially biased police shootings.” Danyelle Solomon counters that the criminal justice system is “failing the American people” and instead is ruining lives, tearing apart families and devastating some communities.
Many have come to view the rampant violence in low-income neighborhoods as a consequence of the city’s failure to invest in those who live there. There aren’t enough jobs, and the young people vying for them are unprepared because of gaps in schooling and upbringing. One advocate says violence and youth joblessness are “tragically intertwined.”
Politico said its survey of 71 mayors showed city leaders believe race relations are improving, yet they are still dissatisfied with the chasm separating white officers from communities of color. Two-thirds acknowledged that their police force doesn’t reflect the racial makeup of their city.