I listened to this episode of the Daily
with the southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
It was interesting in that it seemed like there was this small chance that this was a reasonable police union leader, or at least one that realized what the problem was with the police. And then around thirty minutes in, it took this wild swerve.
He started by saying that he "does not see race". Then, after some discussion of what that means, he tried to assert that statistics do not bear out the claim that police behave differently toward Black people than they do toward White people and the problem is actually that Black people perceive
the police as racist.
The host, Michael Barbaro, cited several well-known statistics that that prove that the police do, in fact, discriminate against Black people. Champion, the police union leader, then said, listen, "we can all go back to our corners" and get the statistics each side wants and walked back to the idea that it's a problem of perception.
So, this is their stance: They just need better PR and communications, not an actual change in behavior, despite all of these police killing of Black people and all of the documented brutality against protestors. We definitely need to keep at defunding the police.