Anaheim Riots Spotlight Need for Broad Police Reform–The city’s law enforcement culture values aggressiveness over community policing.

Anaheim Riots Spotlight Need for Broad Police Reform
The city’s law enforcement culture values aggressiveness over community policing.
Steven Greenhut | Reason.com | July 27, 2012

While Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait is, thankfully, no Frank Rizzo, he tried his hand at tough-guy rhetoric at a press conference: “Vandalism, arson and other forms of violent protest will simply not be tolerated in our city. We don’t expect last night’s situation to be repeated but if it should be, the police response will be the same: swift and appropriate.”

Of course, we are all against violence, vandalism, and arson. Indeed, the mother of one of the victims poignantly called for calm. But it’s ridiculous to argue that the police response was appropriate.  Tait—who at least called for an FBI investigation of the police shootings that triggered the incident—has failed to live up to the promises he made when he took over as the city’s mayor. Tait promised to foster a culture of “kindness” in the city.
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