I think ALL police unions across the United States should be de-certified and disbanded. They have evolved into nothing more than mouthpieces for, and protectors of racist, murderous and corrupt police officers, who routinely target the poor and people of color:especially Blacks and Latinos.
They tend to attract some of the most racist, reactionary, violent and psychotic elements from among the white working class AND some of the most self/group hating elements from among people of color. And while this is NOT TRUE of all police officers, far too many fit this description and account for the systemic and constant excessive and deadly force used by police nation-wide when dealing with Blacks, Latinos and the poor.
The U.S. system of law enforcement is racist and corrupt. It basically protects the interest of whites and people who have money. In many communities of color across the country, the police departments look more like military squads, rather than police patrols.
The police unions have also developed a highly effective lobbying mechanism. Politicians from both mainstream political parties fall all over themselves seeking the endorsements from local police unions as an advantage in securing office.
What about the people? The Black workers, unemployed and urban residents most likely to be victimized by the police? Who lobbies for us?
What do you think? Should police officers be seen as “workers” entitled to all the benefits fought for, and won by the struggles of traditional organized labor? What about your local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)? Ever see any of them come out to support or show solidarity with other unions?
All Power to The People,