Worth noting: No police, no violence

10 thoughts on “Worth noting: No police, no violence”

  1. Wow–that’s interesting. Perhaps not unexpected, though, because I’m sure for some people, seeing the police out doing the barricades or in riot gear would only make their anger boil over. I know plenty of people cheesed off at the over militarization of our police forces, that we’ll be turning into a police state very quickly. I think seeing that stuff triggers fear, but anger more than the fear.

    1. If the police aren’t there, there’s no target for the anger against them. It makes sense, but I’m surprised the vandalism didn’t continue in their absence. Still, I’m grateful and surprised and hope maybe it points to a way forward.

  2. This is the right thing for police to do. Once you get them admitting that there is a problem and join in a solution, then you’ve got a path to resolution and peace on the streets.

    1. Interesting that the outside agitators seemingly disappeared. I’d have expected them to see the lack of police as a prime opportunity. Or maybe it meant a lack of targets for them.

  3. “A mild answer turns away rage, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) sometimes I wonder if de-escalation is a part of the Police training curriculum. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated time and time again the “hate begets hate, violence begets violence and toughness begets a greater toughness”. Calmly communicating, showing love and empathy will always bring about a better outcome.

    1. I think de-escalation is supposedly part of police training but across the country there hasn’t been much evidence of that. Of course, peaceful gatherings don’t garner headlines and media attention.

... and that's my two cents