The #1 reason why you should be against the White House’s plan for “preventing gun violence”
Front page of the NY Post today:
This kid was no killer — but some callous Bronx cops sure treated him like one.
Instead of earning himself a simple trip to the principal’s office, a terrified 7-year-old boy was hauled out of class, handcuffed like a hardened criminal and “interrogated” by police for a grueling 10 hours — all over a playground dispute involving $5, his family is charging. [...] law-enforcement sources insisted that Wilson was treated like any other young suspect.
What does this have to do with the White House’s proposals to “do something about gun violence”? Well, it’s very simple. According to page 10 of the plan, the White House wants to provide financial incentives to hire something called “school resource officers”, a phrase which I’m sure focus-group-tested better than what they are, which is armed cops in schools. We already have some of them in some schools, and now the Obama Administration wants to put more of them in more schools. So if they get their way, expect to see more stories like this.
Oh, and, for all you people who thought the Obama presidency meant a “post-racial America”, you might want to take a look at this story from the NY Daily News, dated 8/16/2012:
NYPD school safety officers were ticketing or arresting students last school year at an average clip of eleven pupils per day, data released Tuesday revealed.
Black and Latino students were collared in 95% of the 882 total arrests, while blacks and Latinos make up about 71% of the city’s student body of about a million pupils.
Unsurprisingly, the situation is no better in Texas.
Parents, I urge you to speak up about this, and fast, because these people are moving fast. You don’t want your kids to be treated like criminals. But that’s what happens when the schools are policed by the police.