I try whenever possible to expose the abuses and corruption and ineptitude of police. Their jobs should be og highest responsibility, not arrogance.

My experience with police began more than 50 years ago during protests against the Vietnam War and it has remained antagonistic since.

Policing organizations have been allowed to get away with anything and everything. Slowly —because evidence of abuse is being recorded—some attention is being given to this - but it is not nearly enough.

I believe they need to be completely pulled apart and rebuilt, priorities and duties reexamined, with much more training.

Alas I am not hopeful that real in-depth change to these gangs can happen—not in my lifetime.

My current small battle with the local neighborhood precinct (Harlem, NYC) has been:

1) They should walk around the neighborhood (never once in almost a decade have I seen a cop walk down our street!) Throughout the pandemic they have regularly been seen without masks.

2) No cell phone use while on the job - unless it is police business - which we all know it's not when they stand around on corners in groups moving their fingers on the screen and ignoring what is going on around you.

(What other job - especially one that relies on the employees attention - would allow this?)

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe. https://alexanderhirka.nyc

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe. https://alexanderhirka.nyc