There's no excuse for this inaction. As David Sirota writes, there are ten meaningful actions the Dems could take RIGHT NOW that would yield concrete, significant results, RIGHT NOW, for the people facing out-of-control, armed "peace officers."
"Stop giving military-grade weapons to local police departments."
Congress can amend the NDAA or add a rider to the Pentagon's budget that bans this grotesque practice, created to enrich arms dealters while turning US cities into literal warzones.
"Fire the bad police chiefs and deescalate."
Democrats hold the mayor's office in America's largest cities. America's police chiefs serve at their pleasure. Fire any chief who can't control their force, just as Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer did.
"Prosecute the bad cops."
Every Democratic DA/state attorney should vigorously prosecute every cop who abuses his authority to commit crimes under color of law.
"Restrict the National Guard."
Democratic governors can demobilize their National Guard units and dare Trump to federalize them.
"Pass legislation restricting the police and ending immunity."
Qualified immunity is a judge-made doctrine that effectively shields cops from civil consequences for any crime.
"Repeal and block anti-protester laws, and pass state protections."
Anti-protester laws are unconstitutional on their face. Any Democratic state house with the power to repeal them should do so immediately.
"Stop taking money from police associations."
These are organizations whose leaders walk around with WHITE POWER badges on their uniforms. Literally. I know corporate Dems never met a buck they wouldn't take, but can the buck, finally, stop here?
Trump is a fascist. He is the problem. But for several days now, due to a Twitter glitch, I've been the third result for searches for "#BlackLivesMatter," and I've been targeted by every mouth-breathing pencil-necked Hitler with a face from Walmart.
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