We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help to cover it up).
There’s an Asante (that’s African) proverb that says:
There’s no point in putting on your clothes at home when you’ve already taken them off in the public square…
…or they’ve been taken off for you.
The LAPD officially released the names of the officers involved in the August 11 shooting death of Ezell Ford because they had already been disrobed in the public square, also known as www.jasmyneonline.com. Goodwill on the part of Chief Charlie Beck and the LAPD command staff had nothing to do with it.
LAPD spokesperson Commander Andrew Smith’s email to me this morning that my earlier post contained “highly inaccurate information” was highly inaccurate or what some might call a lie. My reporting of the names was close enough and it obviously got the job done or else another day would have gone by and we still wouldn’t know anything.
The public should not have to become detectives every time there is an officer involved shooting death just to find out the name of the officers involved.