A new poll shows that most Americans actually want to see more police officers charged and held accountable for killing black people in the United States. This is a stark contrast to the talking points coming from right wing agitators who say that police officers should be allowed to do whatever they want with other people’s lives. The public is not in the corner of the police, and they want fairness and accountability. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


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According to a new poll from ABC and Washington Post, 60% of people in this country believe that more should be done to hold police officers accountable for their quote mistreatment of black people here in the United States. I’m going to go ahead and say that mistreatment is probably the most kind word you can use there. Um, because we’re pretty much talking about murder as we saw with the Chauvin verdict. But 60%, a majority of people in this country think that more should be done to hold police officers accountable. So what does that tell us about where we are here in the United States? It tells us that the public’s paying attention. And I know that may seem like a small statement, like yeah, of course they’re paying attention, all the, they’re paying attention. And the public typically doesn’t pay that much attention to things for that long.

It means that the protests are working. It means that the Chauvin verdict worked. It means that the videos are having an impact. And that is probably the most important factor in all of this. If it weren’t for the videos, if it weren’t for the bystanders pulling out their cell phones, taking these videos and putting them on social media so that we get to see firsthand the mistreatment of these individuals, hell even just since the Chauvin verdict came out, we have seen more videos of police killing individuals. We have seen them literally assaulting black people, men and women, elderly woman actually, librarian, assaulting her, punching her in the face when she was pulled over for speeding. This has to stop. And again, we wouldn’t have this information, if not for the videos from bystanders and of course the body cam footage.

We need more people out there taking these videos because this poll is showing that the videos work. If it was just a random news story with no video to go along with it, describing what happened, people could write it off. They could make excuses one way or another, and the public wouldn’t care. They wouldn’t think it was a problem. They would think that somebody along the chain of command was altering the story and maybe what the cops did wasn’t that bad. But when you can see it in context, when you can see the video and watch what’s happening, there is no excuse for it. And that’s what’s happening with the public. That’s why the public attitude has turned on this.

You know, after the Chauvin verdict, people were telling us well, cops just aren’t gonna do their jobs. They’re being attacked. They’re being assaulted. No, the public is on our side here. The public’s not buying into those idiotic right-wing talking points that the cops are the victims. They know who the victims are because they’ve seen the actual victims on video. There is no excuse for this and 60%, it’s a small majority, but it’s a majority. So keep the cameras rolling because as long as the public is on our side here, we just might be able to make some real change in the future.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced