In recent years, there has been lots of controversy in regards to police officers. We have all been raised knowing that police were there to protect and serve. Call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency. Flashing lights and a siren being indicators that help is on the way. This is still true, but like anything, there is more to the story.
There is a whole police culture that the common citizen is not aware of. That’s to be expected, of course. What is this culture? What does it mean for both the police and the civilians they protect? Apparently it means a lot.
There are policies being made from the top that trickles down to the rest of us. There are attitudes within inner circles that color how things are done. People are being hired, and they may get the job, not just due to qualifications, but because of who they know. That’s a rather distressing prospect, to say the least.
Transparency is necessary. San Francisco D.A., George Gascón felt this was true and put together a task force to look into racism and homophobia in the department. He was very vocal against the social climate the police union has. He would know, he used to be Police Chief.
This is great. It will shine the light on what’s going on and help improve the state of things for the future. No good deed goes unpunished, though. It turns out Gascón’s past is tainted with some of the things he’s going against now. Allegations made by former Police Officers Association president, Gary Delagnes has really put some dents into George Gascón’s reputation.
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