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Topic - Campaign Zero and BlackLivesMatter


The recently launched Campaign Zero website was lauded by the LA Times as a plan to end police killings.

The website primarily outlines ten issues that are deemed important for reform of police. Accountability of current Presidential Candidates related to those ten issues also appears to be a central focus of the home page:

"The next President needs to tell the truth about police violence and urgently enact a comprehensive agenda to address it."

[joincampaignzero.org/#campaign]

The website links to WeTheProtesters which links to BlackLivesMatter (and numerous useful links related to protests and accountability).

"The founders of Campaign Zero, although they do not call themselves leaders and don't claim to speak for others, include activists who have accumulated power and influence ..."

[latimes.com/nation/la-na-police-campaign-zero-20150821-story.html]

The website is a powerful example of a crowdsourced response to social issues.




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Posted by: Joey Berry on 08-23-2015

Initially the conservative candidates score very low (to zero) on the Presidential Candidate accountability chart.

I am a conservative reform candidate and should score between 80%-100% on the initial chart once my positions are publicly outlined. For clarity, I would score high on reforms based on correction of injustice not focus on a distracting racial debate.

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Posted by: Joey Berry on 08-29-2015

The primary focus of joincampaignzero.org is limiting government which is a conservative principle. Unfortunately, conservatives tend to support the status quo and the police/military as a gut reaction. Protesters tend to believe they are a civil rights movement that naturally aligns with a liberal ideal (especially when politicians pander to charges of racism).

Most conservatives don't believe that systemic racism is a driving force behind racial injustice because it isn't. That is not to say that racism can't be a factor or that a much more complex residue of systemic racism does not play a larger role. Nevertheless, the initial problems outlined on joincampaignzero.org are over-enforcement, overreach and intrusion by government, and ultimately injustice entrenched in law and law enforcement.

The problem is that injustice is being presented as racism. There would be almost universal support for reform if the issues were not being distorted (by both sides) for political gain.

The simple example is a cop hitting a suspect in cuffs. That is already a criminal act (by the cop). The smallest unjustified violent act against a prisoner is likely assault/battery, deprivation of rights under color of law, etc.

The reality is that a suspect in cuffs who is illegally struck by a cop is likely to face additional charges (and the cop/cops likely to face zero accountability). Many conservatives who would view similar actions as war crimes when done to a prisoner-of-war by soldiers or foreign militants support police in these abuses out of habit or in misguided defense of political views.

We need to bring accountability to law enforcement and root out injustice from the law. We need to go much further that simply addressing abuses by police (which are definitely symptoms of injustice but only occasionally symptoms of racism). We need accountability in judges, lawyers, and police AND we need a restoration of individual rights that automatically limits government intrusion into everyday life.


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Posted by: Joey Berry on 11-17-2015

"Black Lives Matters protesters shut down a downtown Minneapolis interstate, in response to the police shooting of Jamar Clark who later died."

It looks like BLM protestors are operating on assumptions and the racist foundation of Black Lives Matter. Not all police shootings are unjustified or racist and the facts behind this shooting are sketchy. On the other hand, injustice is a reality of our system and protests for reform would never be effective if protestors always waited for perfect confirmation of the underlying event(s).

"About 200 to 300 people took part in the protest ... Fifty-one people were arrested."

It looks like police are making the typical mistake of overenforcement. Arresting 16%-25% of protestors (who are protesting police abuses) encourages an escalation of violence. It is fairly likely that some/most/all of the arrests are unlawful as spontaneous (and even disruptive) protests are valid/protected free speech AND it is possible/likely that the arrests stem from reactions to illegal repression of free speech by police.

Even normally "clear criminal acts" by protestors could be justified (and therefore not illegal) if they stem from a reaction to criminal acts by police.

It will be interesting to see how the protests develop and what additional details emerge about the underlying shooting. There is potential for protests like this to generate real judicial reform but the racist nature of many protestors makes an expansion of racial divisions, amplified law enforcement, and/or expansion of injustice within the judicial system likely as well.

In any case, the underlying problem remains injustice, not racism.

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Posted by: Joey Berry on 04-08-2016

There was an interesting article on Reuters:
"Bill Clinton confronts protesters who say his crime reforms hurt blacks"

[reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN0X412G]

"Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday faced down protesters angry at the impact his 1994 crime reforms have had on black Americans ... the crime bill he approved while president led to a surge in the imprisonment of black people."


Again, it looks like a justice and oppression issue is being muddled by BLM's cries of racism. All people should want to fix the justice and oppression issue but their racism chant rings fairly hollow.

A brief review of the Bureau of Justice Statistics publications shows that the prisoner population grew by about 33% for males between 1994 and 2004 but the ratio of black prisoners actually declined (from almost 48% of the prison population to about 40%). Clearly the black community is over-represented in prison populations but the trend is positive not negative.

[BJS 2004 (pg 8) - bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/p04.pdf]

[BJS 1994 (pg 72) - bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cpius94e.pdf]

As a Libertarian, it is very puzzling that minorities would support either Democrats or Republicans when neither party even wants to entertain fixing entrenched injustice and oppression.



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