Lights, Camera, Action? (Catch Up, Mustard! #3)
From Reggie Hill, M. Ed. –
Great Day, Good People. We have reached the first to last Wednesday post of October 2023. I hope this blog finds you well.
While in other instances I mentioned being brief and still offered extensive detail… this illustration will absolutely be concise and direct.
(Reggie Hill, M. Ed. being interviewed by the local media, following a Mobile City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting, regarding MPD use of force practices and body cameras, 2017)
In 2017, after the fatal shooting of Michael Moore—at the hands of the Mobile Police Department—I along with a few other respected Citizens in the community led the charge for the City of Mobile to acquire Body Cameras that would be worn by Police Officers during any Civilian encounter. Though it took quite some time to obtain these necessary tools, in 2021 legislation was passed and MPD was outfitted with what many hoped would bring about peace through accountability.
Unfortunately, even in the past week or so (from when this is being typed), we see that there has been little to no difference in policing practices or content availability to the Public.
Before getting into an elaborate explanation of this topic matter (which we shall revisit in the coming weeks), I simply want to pose a few questions for our viewers…
What is the primary factor for ill-relations between Law Enforcement and the Community?
Do you believe that Body Camera footage should be instantly accessible to Taxpayers?
Would Police Sensitivity Training actually make a difference in policing orders?
What role does poverty play in hostile or irregular (potentially illegal) actions by Civilians?
Who is best served and protected by current laws on the books across this Country, Police Departments or the Public?
Feel free to answer these questions in the comments or send us a note on the Main Page. Though tough, these are imperative conversations to have in the not too distant future, say we won’t to reach and sustain a high-standard quality of life for all people.
While there are 2-sides to every coin, it is fair to say that many Americans are living on edge when it comes to Public Safety. As we continue to unpack this serious dilemma, let’s be mindful that all people are impacted by this matter of concern. May we be ever considerate to the preservation of life. We are more alike than we are different. And, more times than not, we find our greatest strength in harmony with one another (numbers)!