An awful lot of bad apples in that barrel of police

John Oliver’s schtick of lacing horrifying evidence with humor is kind of potent. I’m sure someone will try to argue that there is no institutional problem with how the police are regulated in this country, though.


  1. militantagnostic says

    About a year ago, I speculated here that some of these shootings were for funsies and now we have a dashcam recorded clear cut case where they were trying to hit a mentally ill person with their car. I am sure there were numerous prior signs that the individuals involved had problematic attitudes but no one said anything due to police culture.

  2. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says


    moderate mistake of missing that the police and prisons are doing what they are designed to do.

    and that is what the problem is all about. Their design is improper, only with good intentions, but as recently demonstrated awful consequences. got it?

  3. unclefrogy says

    well the situation is becoming ever more intolerable clearly, the rapidity that situations escalate to extreme violence that often leads to death is appalling.
    The idea that all we need to do is re-design police practices and policies and all will be well is simplistic and wont fix very much.
    The problem with the whole law enforcement issue is the result of ongoing economic and social policies that have not had any success in alleviating the roots of the problems of ignorance, poverty and racism.
    until there is actual measurable improvements that are experienced by real numbers of actual people Law enforcement will be forced to maintain order in areas that are experiencing ever increasing disorder. It seems that there is an inherit lack of imagination and creative insight by law enforcement organizations and they lean always to more force and longer incarceration to solve problems who’s root causes they have no power to address.

    uncle frogy