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’21: Defund, disarm, replace the police

With roughly one hundred days left of the most boring and irrelevant political campaign season ever, Sean4Boston shifts his gaze to 2021.

Soon, we can again abbreviate the year when writing dates. Soon – to your surprise? – Boston will have an election for Mayor, as Marty Walsh completes his second four-year term.

Who will preside over the City’s bicentennial? Originally a Town, Boston was granted a charter in 1822. Who will oversee contract negotiations with its second most expensive department, itself dating back to 1838? Despite the (relatively) recent appointment of Boston’s first Black Police Commissioner, the BPD remains the target of reformers, some of whom may consider the force to be the product of decades, if not centuries, of “white supremacist” authority. Who will defend from degradation the Boston Latin School, foster of genius, antedating the City, and in certain ways worthier even than the police to receive the opprobrium of well-meaning, but misguided, masses?

No doubt, in exchange for raises and other generous perquisites, police reform activists will demand that every officer receive, among other things, additional “training.” Will training change persons who are self-selected killers (ex-military generally receiving preference in police department hiring), likely traumatized themselves, issued deadly weapons, and given license to initiate force?

Although Boston’s police department has distinguished itself by its commitment to moderation in enforcement and proactive respect for persons in communities needing policing, we Bostonians – like all other residents of the Massachusetts Commonwealth – must tolerate the presence of another so-called “policing” organization that has proven itself to be, from top to bottom, irredeemably corrupt and dangerous: the Massachusetts State Police. At the moment, efforts on Beacon Hill to enact “top-down” reforms are being debated, likely in vain.

The Massachusetts State Police are an overgrown highway patrol that spawned from the Turnpike, which some of the persons employed by the department seem to consider their personal fiefdom. The State Police are often former military members, and are dressed like clown bandits for a reason. They take dumb pride in their corny colors, as they fund their nefarities through taxation – theft – and not only do nothing to protect the safety of travelers, but choose to engage in disgusting and deadly behaviors.

I have run afoul myself of several of these persons: killers, sociopaths, and thugs. Not only can they break the law with impunity (the ACTUAL law against initiating violence), but they serve a complicit court system that does nothing to expunge them from the ranks, even when personal failings are repeatedly exposed.

How is it that they keep their jobs? How can they commit aggressive acts, display gross violations of basic ethics, target innocent individuals, openly, and somehow not be fired? Might it have anything to do with unions? Will there be any candidate for any position in 2021 that will be able, successfully, to convince voters that unions may present dangers to the public good in more than just certain parts of the public sector?

Will any candidate proffer sensible solutions to the problems cities face in policing? Will any challenger be sure to distinguish between racism and bureaucracy: problems that exist in persons and those that exist in systems? Will Boston’s next leader be someone who considers ideas, or will she be a person who hews to dogma and shields her decision-making from tough questions contained in apparent contradictions?

Sean4Boston’s 3-point police reform plan:

  1. Change hiring practices (end military preferences, etc.)
  2. Begin firing practices (end unions, etc.)
  3. Disarm bureaucrats (fewer guns, powers, etc.)

If we took the military, the unions, and the guns out of the equation for whatever organization replaces the Massachusetts State Police, I can offer it my qualified endorsement, at least as the lesser of two evils. Now, can any politician convince “the people” that we can, in fact, #defund, #disarm, and #replace the police?

Here in Massachusetts – the land of the world’s first written Constitution, with as grossly corrupt a police department as ours, and with a mind as bright as that contained in the lofty cranium of Charlie Baker, seated squarely atop the office high upon our shiniest hill – surely we can consider ideas as controversial as charter policing organizations (CPOs): so that, if the public ways really do need policing, we persons, or our representatives, can choose what company will do the work.

We will not be forced to abide a tyranny of French and electric blue.

Defund, disarm, and replace the police! #mapoli