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Governor David Patterson
Former governor David Paterson plans to join in Saturday's protest on Staten Island over the death of Eric Garner. Are you planning to march?
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Great your show is helping NYC continue the important dialog on how we as communities respond to police violence locally & nationally!
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Gov. Patterson spoke that the reason we don't have violent protests here(tho there have been numerous protests with violent behavior by the police) in NYC is because of the representation of blacks in the political system as well as a better employment rate than other parts of the country.1. An alternate or additional theory as to the lack of violence is that NYC has an incredibly large, well-funded, tactically-trained police force especially compared to smaller, more rural counties such as Ferguson.
At one point, Patterson, iirc, said that though many charges have been brought against police offices In NYC there has been a lack convictions of officers for the murder of civilians. - Who is going to reform the police department? How are they going to accomplish this in the current political climate?
I agree with the former governor, this was a great segment. Even though Brian is away, this is what makes listening to WNYC worthwhile in the morning. Also, I feel a strong sense of nostalgia hearing David Patterson on the radio again.
Nonviolence is always admirable when trying to bring about social change, however, it is because of the social unrest in Ferguson that so much attention is being given to the repression that the police wantonly dole out on black communities everywhere . Why is state sanctioned violence in Ferguson , nyc, Iraq, Vietnam and Afghanistan the only legitimate for of violence? Nonviolence plays into the narrative that only the police can use lethal force legitimately. Social unrest breeds revolution and change just as much, if not more than pacifism and nonviolence. I don't know why this is not discussed more
Yes, there is a LONG history of govt infiltration of legitimate protests. Yes, a few knuckleheads do not delegitimize largely peaceful protests. And, yes, responsible media will be nuanced in their reporting of 'riots'...
Becoming a police officer does not give one a license to kill - just to defend oneself and others when attacked. There has to be a better way to do this besides guns. Physical violence used by police in any other way against civilians - especially physical violence that results in death - is murder, and any officer who engages in such activities should be relieved of duty, arrested and charged.
Rioting in the aftermath of an unjustified police action is also not the way to go. It is just a way to blow off steam by blowing up society, and, in the case of communities that feel targeted by police, it only serves to get more people arrested and line the pockets of lawyers.
Coordinated marches and petitions and lobbying of various legislators is really the best way to go. If you want to make an impact, if you want change to come about, you simply cannot use the same barbaric tactics as those that were used against you or you lose your credibility.
Slightly off-topic - David Paterson might be the only politician I know to quote Camus during a speech. It was during a Sept. 11th memorial I believe, a few years back. Props to him.
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