Watch This Car Chase from 3-30-19,
then read my Editorial on why CHP & LAPD
are the REAL danger in these chases!
And now, an editorial from MR. TRAFFIC :
I have worked with police agencies from LA to NYC starting in 1987 until last year as "Mr. Traffic" and I worked CLOSELY for a number of years with the O.C. Sheriff's Dept. when I taught traffic school IN the OC Court itself (while they ran it).
I am now going to mrtrafficsplain the WHAT, WHY and HOW of policing that is ripping our nation apart:
My father's father (pictured below) was a NYC Police officer around the turn of the 20th Century. On an all IRISH police force, this Jewish man, recently immigrated from Austria, wanted to be a cop. But not just ANY cop....he wanted to be the ONE HONEST COP on the beat that was NOT on "the take"....cause every other one was. The people in the neighborhood he patrolled would run out of their stores when Officer Sam would walk by, and offer him food, goods, ANYTHING to show their appreciation for his protection....and he would NOT take so much as a crumb. He was NOT a rich man, and was facing HUGE antisemitism from other cops, but no....whatever it took to be THE HONEST COP....was his mission....truly to PROTECT & SERVE. A was a HERO who saved lives actually (the little girl in the photo is someone he saved from a burning building).
Cut to My generation of working with the police. before 9/11, before the heavy militarization, what I saw and who I knew were individual officers who wanted to do good in the community, but when they were in GROUPS.......The BLUE WALL went up, and the GROUPTHINK would turn them into people I did not recognize. It became so double standardized in the OC courts where I worked that I asked to be let OUT of that job and only teach in classrooms or hotel banquet rooms.
Would the police of the late 80's until I stopped teaching in classrooms in 2014, unfairly target blacks (DWB it was called......DRIVING WHILE BLACK)? Oh hell yes. But strangely enough.....the difference was, it was the BLACK cops who targeted the black motorists, the Latino cops who targeted the Latino motorists....etc etc. and EVERYONE targeted the teens driving, cause lets face it.....THEY SUCKED BEHIND THE WHEEL (and if you think Drivers Ed is BETTER TODAY than then......boy are you misinformed).
What has happened since the Bush/Cheney era on up, and intensified during the last 4 years, THE MILITARIZATION of the police. For many reasons. For one, the "bad guys" out gunned the cops. The proliferation of AR-15's and long guns and even automatic weapons BANNED BY LAW, the commonalty of a street full of GLOCKS...made the police "weapon up"....made the "crime bills" we THEN applauded, but only now look back to see how unfair they were to minorities who were pulling crimes and the ones who were NOT. The discussion of WHO ARE THE PEOPLE COMMITTING THE MOST CRIMES becomes less important when the people who are NOT but LOOK like the ones who ARE get targeted. The American experiment of "Equal Justice Under The Law" is a myth that has NEVER...NEVER been woven into the fabric of American liberty.....NEVER. If you were a Jew on an all Irish police force....NOT EQUAL. If you were an Italian who was NOT a member of The Mafia.....an exception. A Chinese immigrant who was not building your railroads or doing your laundry....just another "chink"....and if you wore the melanin of your skin as BROWN to DARKER BROWN.....you were not even considered human for a good chunk of American History or even today. Hell...your MOTHERS and Grandmothers could not even vote for too many years.
After the "Rodney King" riots in 1992, The Christopher Commission was formed to revamp policing. Which led to everything we see today THAT IS BAD. The idea of an "Officer Sam" who lived, worked and patrolled his own neighborhood.....well...bye bye to THAT. We the People became the ENEMY......guilty until proved innocent......do I need to PROVE THAT to you? YOU pull up alongside a police car and you don't even want to make eye contact....no matter WHAT your ethnicity!!
So....cut to now. We all, black, white, brown....every race creed religion, have tolerated the superiority we happened to live in. If you are a Native American in a Taos, New Mexico courthouse, you wish you were BLACK.
It is time to STOP our privilege.....stop our "exceptionalism"...America is NO LONGER (if it ever) was the BEST country in the world.....there are NO races or religions or sexual orientations that are "BETTER" than others....there are only individuals who are good or evil. People who would take the shirt off their backs for YOU, or people who would TAKE the shirt off your back for THEMSELVES or to SELL.
This will and cannot change overnight....it takes a citizenry that WANTS a new direction that erases bigotry and racism and privilege. We cannot GET RID of police. THAT would be a disaster of biblical proportions. What we can do....is re-align the DO's and DON'T of the current members of law enforcement....accountability......prosecution where applicable and CONVICTION (which rarely happens even if there is prosecution). And while doing THIS......re-build a force of "Officer Sams"......men and women who WANT to help their community......WANT the neighborhood hey are responsible for PROTECTING & SERVING to be safer because THEY LIVE THERE.....and stop seeing people as THE ENEMY before they have said word one. This takes MASSIVE amounts of $$$$ for re-education/training.....but more than that......THE WILLINGNESS of the government with the support of THE PEOPLE who take these actions. This WILL be up for grabs in the next election.....which way do YOU want this country to go?
I am going to vote for the candidate that I believe is most likely to look for the next generation of "OFFICER SAM/SAMIRA"...not the candidate who wants cops to "DOMINATE" with the next Sgt. Stacy Koon (the guy who beat the shit outta Rodney King), or Derek Chauvin who sat on George Floyd's neck till he was dead....or Ofr.Garrett Rolfe who shot Rayshard Brooks in the BACK in Atlanta on Friday.
It will all start after TWO things happen.....1: We Vote on Nov 2, the outcome determining which way we go DEFINITIVELY!
.....and 2: We get past being selfish and stupid privileged humans saying ME ME ME....and start saying WE WE WE (which Covid-19 has shown the best and worst of us).
Saying BLACK LIVES MATTER does NOT mean others matter less.....it only means we have to CHANGE THE PARADIGM. Democracy for all is a dream that CAN STILL HAPPEN.....it is NOT dead YET, but the last 50 years has done all it could to smother its life. MLK saw it, Bobby Kennedy saw it. We saw it in Barack Obama, now.....you have to see it when you look in the mirror and decide. Who are you....who do you WANT to be, and what kind of world do you want to help create?
Editorial on the death of a HERO trying to help a pedestrian here in Los Angeles, only to be killed by someone who ran HER over as she went back to her car.
On the evening of January 12, Dep. Sheriff Amber Leist, a 12 year beteran of the Dept, was off duty when she saw a pedestrian fall in the middle of the boulevard in Valley Village. She pulled her personal car over to jump out and help the pedestrian and after getting them to sefety, she want back to her OWN car only to be run down like a dog in the middle of the street and killed.
I am NOT a betting man, but I would empty the back if I had to bet that the driver who killed her WAS OH THE PHONE, like every other driver in L.A.
THIS HAS TO STOP. We MUST pass laws to severly punish ANYONE who is using their telephone while the vehicle is in motion....even HANDS FREE. Every reputable study shows that there is NO DIFFERENCE between the danger of the phone IN YOUR AND and hands free.....when you TALK on a phone....you are simply disconnected from the road.....FULL STOP....NO EXCEPTIONS.
We must educate the public along with LOSE YOUR LICENSE LAWS of you endanger every other driver with this potentially fatal behaviour. RIP Dep Sheriff Amber Leist.
MR. TRAFFIC ON FOX11 NEWS, L.A.
MR. TRAFFIC RETURNED TO FOX11 NEWS TO DISCUSS VARIOUS DRIVING ISSUES RECENTLY
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Since 1987, KENNY MORSE, is better known as "MR. TRAFFIC" to his viewers on Television, on his many radio shows and in his famed traffic school classes at The Improv Traffic School.
In the world of driving safety there is only ONEname synonymous in the media with driving safety and that is "MR. TRAFFIC."
Starting on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles in 1990 as Bill Handel's "Driving Guru" for all traffic citation and driving advice, "MR. TRAFFIC" has grown since then to be a multi-award winning talk show host, has appeared on many television shows, been given many driving safety awards and is the most written about Driving Safety Advocate in America, which included a 5 page profile done on "MR. TRAFFIC" in the prestigious New Yorker Magazine. (see link above)
In his role as "MR. TRAFFIC," Kenny Morse tries to raise the awareness of all drivers that driving IS the most dangerous thing we do in our lives and that we all have to drive as if our lives depended on it. As the #1 most requested "Comedy" Traffic School Teacher in Los Angeles, Kenny has been working hard to make the roads of America a safer place.
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