Earlier, by Steve Sailer: The Coalition of the Fringes Holds a Muslim-Jewish Encounter Session. It Doesn’t Go Well.
My June Diary included the following observation:
That was inspired by reading, in my June 27th New York Post, about a nasty little spat between the New York City Police Department’s detectives union and 56 Bronx prosecutors—assistant district attorneys, to be precise. [ NYPD detectives’ union outraged over Bronx ADAs’ letter over protest conduct, by Rebecca Rosenberg, June 26, 2020]
These 56 prosecutors—35 named and 21 anonymous—sent a joint letter to their boss, Bronx DA Darcel Clark [Tweet her](a black lady, right) urging the DA to make “an unequivocal condemnation of the [police department’s] unwarranted use of violence.”
One other prosecutor, name of Paul Rosenfeld, published a dissenting letter describing the police officers he’s worked with across 39 years as, quote, “decent, hard-working, and committed.” [JPG]
A couple of things about all that:
- First, to complain about the police using violence is absurd. Policing necessarily entails violence.
It’s a violent profession. How is a police officer supposed to arrest a refractory suspect, other than by applying violence?
The police need to conduct themselves in a professional and disciplined way, of course, and almost always do. The occasional exceptions get punished, often more than the offense justifies [Daniel Pantaleo, Officer Who Held Eric Garner in Chokehold, Is Fired, by Ashley Southall, NYT, August 19, 2019 ] To pretend that police work can be done without violence, though, is absurd.
When there is a fatal outcome for the refractory perp, you always hear someone say or tweet: “It’s not a capital crime to sell cigarettes without a license,” or “… pass a counterfeit bill,” or whatever it was the perp was getting arrested for.
The obvious answer to that is: “No. It’s also not a capital crime in any jurisdiction to fall asleep on the railroad tracks. If you do so, though, and the outcome is fatal, no-one’s at fault but yourself.”
- One more thing to be said: That dissenting prosecutor in New York, name of Paul Rosenfeld, 39 years on the job.
There’s an age gap there. The 56 prosecutors complaining to the Bronx DA about police violence all have way less time on the job than that. Says Paul DiGiacomo, right, the president of the detectives union in an angry rebuttal letter to that same DA, quote:
Most of the signatures on that letter [the letter, that is, from the 56 prosecutors complaining about police violence] are from the class of 2019, which had a mere matter of months in your office before being quarantined. [PDF]
That’s a good point. Black Lives Matter, and the Antifa likewise, can’t resist throwing anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian rhetoric in with their calls to end white supremacy and defund the police. [WATCH: Black Lives Matter Protesters Shout ‘Israel, We Know You, You Murder Children, Too’, by Hank Berrien , Daily Wire, July 2nd, 2020]
It was only a matter of time before the DC protests turned anti-Semitic. pic.twitter.com/YTbwwGuOYh
— Nic Rowan (@NicXTempore) July 1, 2020
For keeping the media on your side, guys, this is not good strategy.
John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by VDARE.com com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.