“The Police Need Legitimacy” T-Shirt Project Supporting I-CAMP

A man walks past a burning police vehicle

A man walks past a burning police vehicle in Baltimore on Monday. Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Yes, there was violence in Baltimore but Black Westchester makes the point of where was the coverage of the peaceful protest.

Peaceful protest in Baltimore

Source: Black Westchester

Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath:

[L]egitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to fell like they have a voice—that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another….

[W]hen the law is applied in the absence of legitimacy, it does not produce obedience. It produces the opposite. It leads to backlash.

The concept of law enforcement and legitimacy is discuss further in an earlier blog entry: NYPD Needs Legitimacy.
What is currently happening in Baltimore is reminiscence of that famous Yogi Berra saying “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
Killed by police

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