A watchful eye on those entrusted to ‘Protect and Serve’
Persons entrusted with badge or shield, possess great latitude to make split-second decisions whether to use lethal force
A few thousand people marched in St. Paul, Minnesota, the day after Philando Castile was shot to death by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, MN on July 6, 2016. Photo: Flickr/Fibonacci Blue
The Compton Herald seeks to ameliorate tension, extinguish fear on both sides of the demarcation line
The Compton Herald publishes commentaries on the contentious relationship between law enforcement and Black and Brown communities that has resulted in inordinate killings of urban males at the hands of police and deputies, who often shoot first under questionable circumstances and investigate later. This has created a state of siege in urban communities.
The Herald scrutinizes “bad shootings” and behavior that often escape the kind of thorough review that could result in the removal of trigger-happy police officers and sheriff’s deputies. We hope to ameliorate tension and extinguish fear on both sides of the demarcation line.
Our urban communities deserve law enforcement that protects and serves, never terrorizes behind a gun and badge because officers and deputies fear for their lives. Persons entrusted with badge or shield, possess great latitude to make split-second decisions whether to use lethal force. Fear often is predicated on skin color — Black and Brown. The Herald believes persons bearing this fear are poor candidates for police service.
The Herald advocates better training and cultural awareness for police and deputies, and for workable guidelines within departments and through state government legislation that provides checks and balances for abusive cop behavior.
We also encourage public behavior respectful of law enforcement —notably by Black and Brown males — that does not exacerbate abusive cop behavior. We intend to make it clear to persons who believed they’ve been “wronged” by cops that the “street” is the wrong place to challenge their authority, but rather a court of law.
The Herald also aggressively pens commentary on law enforcement policies that regularly fail to check vices like human trafficking and drug peddling that foments the kind of mayhem that spins out of control. Urban locales are awash in blood, resulting in reprehensible death tolls in Urban America year-after-year.