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Police Lt. Charles DeShazer made this statement while at a crime scene: “We got the Alabama porch monkeys all contained.” DeShazer’s statement was captured on police body cam and reported by two APD supervisors who were also at the scene and heard the comment. An internal affairs investigation was launched. After the investigation, Aurora Police Chief Nicholas Metz fired Lt. DeShazer.
Chief Metz was rightly upset by the committee’s ruling and, to his credit, he’s determined to keep DeShazer off the streets. He made the following statement: “The Department is in the process of returning Sgt. DeShazer back to work. He will first be assigned to the APD Academy to ensure he is in compliance with all POST certification requirements. His final assignment has yet to be determined. It is within my authority to set his assignment. I can assure the community that Sgt. DeShazer will not be in a supervisory or citizen-facing role”
This is a perfect example of the practical effect of white supremacy and how it can overrule even a police chief’s judgment on who he wants on his force. I admire the chief’s determination to limit the damage this cop can do to the public.
I can see the Times was going for prominence in the political domain. But it’s important to remember that the NRA exists for itself while the ACLU exists for others. Much like the difference between the GOP and those on the left.
Refusing to help refugees or treat immigrants well is a declaration that your life matters and the lives of the vulnerable don’t, solely because you had the fortune to be born in the US and they did not. It’s an absurdly lazy and unjustifiable reason for hating or excluding someone, so you’ll see evil people justify it by declaring the entire group of people to be morally corrupt and a threat to our way of life while those who want to think of themselves as good people will do all manner of mental gymnastics to convince themselves and others in their tribe that there are good reasons for not helping the vulnerable.
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
In a fully developed human being, morality will be fully independent from legality. Morality is present in very young children and is considered innate in the human species. Legality is a result of civilization and reflects the will of those in power.
The morality of a society is revealed by its laws. Its legal structure reveals its values, particularly who is considered human and worthy of citizenship and the privilege that affords.