Grind for March 9th
“Courage is the ability to do the right thing, all the time, no matter how painful or uncomfortable it might be.” – Tony Dungy
Ford CEO Responds to Employees’ Demands to Stop Making Police Vehicles
Jalopnik reports that a group of Ford Motor Company employees want the auto giant to stop making vehicles for police.
Ford employees have asked the automaker to stop building police cars, according to a Jalopnik report published Wednesday. The request comes as countlessprotests continue throughout America and around the globe, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
Jalopnik fails to report that since the protests devolved into riots and “defund the police” swept across the nation, violent crime and murder have surged in several major cities, including New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and Seattle.
The employee letter is typical of the anti-police hysteria of our moment:
“Throughout history, the vehicles that Ford employees design and build have been used as accessories to police brutality and oppression,” workers wrote in a letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford, according to Jalopnik. “We know that while many join, support or supply law enforcement with good intentions, these racist policing practices that plague our society are historic and systemic – a history and system perpetuated by Ford for over 70 years – ever since Ford introduced the first-ever police package in 1950. As an undeniable part of that history and system, we are long overdue to ‘think and act differently’ on our role in racism.”
All these demand notes sound the same. They have a similar ominous and accusatory voice and style. Serious question: Who is writing them? The mainstream media never turns over that particular rock. Read more…
Bill De Blasio Halts NYPD Reform Bill As Violence, Murders Skyrocket
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio won’t sign a package of police reform bills as planned on Thursday, amid concerns from both New York City residents and New York Police Department bigwigs that the bills would handicap NYPD officers just as violence is spiking in the city.
The New York Daily News (NYDN) reported Wednesday that de Blasio is, instead, “reviewing a package of police reform bills including a chokehold ban, following angry backlash from police department leaders who said the legislation would weaken cops amid a major spike in crime.”
The police reform bill package, passed by the New York city council last week, includes provisions “banning chokeholds and other measures of restraint,” and expanding citizens’ ability to sue the police department over officer interactions.
The NYDN notes that the package also contains “the ‘POST’ Act, which requires the NYPD to disclose its use of surveillance technology; creation of a ‘disciplinary matrix’ aimed at creating uniform punishment for cop infractions; expansion of the NYPD’s ‘early intervention’ system that tracks excessive force and other problems posed by officers; a bill requiring officers to show their shield numbers, and a bill codifying New Yorkers’ right to film police and peace officers while they’re on the job.” Read more…
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