Comments by Will1960
Posted on December 3 at 11:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The people who are getting the breaks are police. Grand Juries seem to be incapable of indicting cops and on the rare occasion that they do, their almost always acquitted of the charges. And the cops should have had another goal that could have prevented this tragedy and that's to take Mr. Garner into custody without killing him.
Posted on December 3 at 4:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Lawrence Springer has attempted to take on the 800 pound gorilla in the room which is a New York State education system that routinely short-changes teachers and kids in Schenectady. For that, Mr. Springer deserves our applause and gratitude. He is wise enough to realize that this first step is a small victory and he has the fortitude to continue the fight for Schenectady schools.
Posted on December 3 at 4:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)
This case is different on many levels than the Michael Brown shooting. The video shows the officers faced no threat of danger from Eric Garner when they decided to bring him to the ground. I am sure they were aware that the use of choke holds was banned by the NYPD. Another cop shoved Garner's face into the pavement as he pleaded that he couldn't breath. They didn't make any effort or attempt to resuscitate him, either. I imagine a civil suit will be the Garner Family's only measure of justice.
This decision not to indict the officer who choked Garner sends a message that Police won't be held accountable even if there's compelling video evidence that they have committed a crime. This Grand Jury decision will embolden the bad cops while poisoning any faith African-Americans might have had in our criminal justice system.
Posted on December 2 at 9:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Kudos for Lawrence Springer who had the knowledge to collect, analyze, and present the data in cohesive and stark manner in filing this lawsuit. Superintendent Springer is such a contrast from the previous bozos who have held this post. Schenectady is quite fortunate to have such a perspicacious individual fighting for a better education for its kids.
Posted on December 2 at 10:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)
How many of these heroin overdoses are due to the fact that there's no quality control of the drug? This issue will never be addressed as long as we have elected leaders such as Senator Schumer pressing the policies and politics of drug prohibition. In the 1990s, Germany and Switzerland voted and passed laws to have heroin maintenance clinics. This change resulted in heroin overdoses being cut in half after implementing that policy. It's unfortunate that the only response we can expect from our politicians is more of the same failed approach.
Posted on November 25 at 7:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Sara Foss makes reference I believe to the case in Georgia earlier this year where an officer tossed a flash grenade into the play pen of a nine month old baby causing severe burns. In that case, there were no arrests made or drugs found at that residence. Yet, the Grand Jury declined any charges against the officer. Within the deference already given to officers who are charged criminally, there seems to be an even greater level of impunity given to those in law enforcement who are involved in these SWAT style, drug raids.
While society will hold law enforcement accountable in civil court, when it comes criminally penalizing their conduct in drug raids, police appear to be given carte blanche in their enforcement of drug prohibition.
Posted on November 22 at 9:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)
An exemplary action by a citizen working in conjunction with police to quickly apprehend this suspect and return all of the stolen property to the Nun. You couldn't ask for a better outcome. Bravo to Mark Leszczynski and the Schenectady police!
Posted on November 20 at 3:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)
No one currently in Senate or Assembly wants to take up the reform mantle when it comes to their own salary, part-time status or health benefits. Very few people who run for office make reforms of this nature their campaign issue. So when you have these politicians that are able to enrich themselves with the rules that they write and vote on, there's no hope of reining in their lavish compensation.
Posted on November 18 at 6:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I wouldn't call a $30.5 million rebate for taxpayers, "Little Change" or the fact that crime has gone down in Colorado. These dynamics have been closely scrutinized by the opponents of legalize as their dire predictions haven't come to fruition and they most likely never will. So far Colorado's experiment has been a success.
Posted on November 16 at 7:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)
pnotto, it's a fact that society's acceptance of discrimination aimed at gays and lesbians is diminishing. Thankfully, your hateful, ignorant, judgmental rants won't have any affect that change. And do you know the concept of brevity?