should citizens know?| During a doomscrolling moment, we shared this Lancaster Online article at the Columbia news, views & reviews facebook page. It’s not so hard to digest that Columbia’s mayor hates transparency; he’s been obdurate about policing transparency for years — think wrecked patrol cars and promises made and not kept.
What is hard to understand is that a majority of the borough council is transparency resistant. Seemingly, a majority of the newly elected (in November) councillors is. Not surprisingly, three of the entrenched from a previous council administration lean toward non-transparency. What is so hard to understand is the incoming councillors campaigned on a platform of transparency; yet now the majority appear to want to quell it.
A community’s police department’s continuum of force policy belongs to the community and the community has a right to know the policy it’s citizens and visitors are subject to. This online publication has posted numerous articles and items about continuum of force policies over the past years including this from 2011:
“Zero tolerance” … The mayor commented about the incident that happened at the Memorial Day celebration … the published photograph in daily newspapers showing an officer pointing his weapon at a law-breaker. The mayor stated during the meeting that he has instructed the police (and fire police) to adopt a “zero tolerance” stance when someone disobeys a blocked intersection or cordoned area from now on. Officers will “get a license number.” While he did not elaborate further on the level of the continuum of force response for a violation, he did re-state the “zero-tolerance” posture that Columbia’s law enforcement officers have been directed to observe.
tomorrow – 50 years ago | “This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, which was held in New York City on June 28, 1970.” – The New York Times
anyone else | guilty of being a “doomscroller?”– wired.com
Trump coronavirus targets | “As the wealthy retrench amid the coronavirus crisis, low-wage workers take the hit” – The Los Angeles Times
Faith claimers, especially Evangelicals | ought not lie, Mr. VP! “Fact check: As pandemic situation worsens, Pence paints a deceptively rosy picture” – CNN
Nextdoor news | This is from a February, 2012 Columbia news, views & reviews post:
“Nextdoor neighbors: Group forms online gathering site – This is a very good way for a community or a couple of blocks of neighbors who want to belong to a “community.” It’s based on openness, caring and information- sharing; works a whole lot better than closet-minded, threatening, hiding of information. See the “Nextdoor” site – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era [NOTE: The link to the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era article is no longer working.]
“14 Columbia neighborhoods | are on Nextdoor”
Los Angeles Times Op-Ed |“I’m the Black person Nextdoor, trying to sort the site’s value from its ugliness”
Definition | “mushroom management” philosophy
“‘It all boils down to safety,’ | FOP opposes decryption of police radios” – Lancaster Online [The FOP is the Fraternal Order of Police – “the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers.” What would anyone expect them to say?]