Showing Real Support for Law Enforcement Means Condemning When One of Them Goes Rogue


Having anti-police sentiment is too rampant in American society. All too often, the bad guys are awarded martyr status and the cops who rightfully take them down are condemned. We must support the law enforcement officers who are protecting us, but that means calling out when one of them commits a crime.

Blind support is not proper support. We must be unwavering in our support for law enforcement and that means not supporting those who do wrong. That seems to be the case in Chicago where a police officer shot a teen armed with a knife 16 times. The situation was tense but if there was a time when a stun gun was appropriate, this was it.

Dashcam video released this week shows that Laquan McDonald was armed and dangerous. He was walking around the streets with a weapon acting erratically after an alleged robbery. He needed to be stopped. He just didn’t need to be killed.

Charges have been filed and we won’t know the outcome until Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke has his day in court, but the initial response to the video seems to be righteous. It did not appear that McDonald was lunging or acting as a direct threat to anyone. He was clearly disobeying commands and should have been stunned.

We are completely supportive of law enforcement. We believe in and are grateful for their protection. When things go wrong and officers act criminally, we have to show our support through condemnation of heinous acts.



unPAC Crowdsources Political Ad Condemning Money in Politics


unPAC, a nonpartisan group pushing for campaign finance reform, has just sent out tens of thousands of emails asking people to crowdfund an ad that targets the influence of uber-wealthy political influencers like the Koch brothers and corporate lobbies.

It is unPAC’s second such effort. The first was a full-page ad listing the names of contributors with a plea to politicians to “represent us.” The group raised $ 16,000.

The second, which the group expects to run in Ohio on MSNBC and CNN on November 1, features 30 seconds of silence.

“These 30 seconds of silence were paid for with small donations by Americans who are taking our democracy back,” a text narration says.

Citizens in swing states like Ohio are being bombarded with political advertising. One Ohio congressional candidate cancelled many of his ads, concluding that voters were so saturated with political advertising that more would have little effect.

“We’re telling them that it doesn’t have to be like this, and that ads don’t have to be like this,” said Matthew Palevsky, an online organizer with unPAC.

Polling has shown that most Americans don’t believe corporations should be able to spend unlimited money on political causes. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling gave corporations the ability to do that for the first time, giving birth to the Super PAC.

Crowdfunding is a fitting method to communicate opposition to money in politics, Palevsky said. unPAC is working with LoudSauce, a crowdfunded media buying platform, to navigate the intricacies of media buys. (Users can donate through either site.)

unPAC has also gotten help from Purpose, a incubator for online organizing groups.


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