Michael Wood, ex-Baltimore officer, tweets about alleged police brutality
Retired Baltimore officer Michael A. Wood tweets about disturbing things he allegedly witnessed on the force
By Lauren O’Neil, CBC News Posted: Jun 26, 2015 8:22 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 27, 2015 10:52 AM ET
This article might be a bit too late in the “sky is falling’ sector regarding the abuse of persons of colour, or police corruption, which, like gun violence, just go on and on and on, the most interesting part of Wood’s tweets, to me, was the fact that he praised higher education as giving him the tools to look at his time as a police officer with a critical eye…
While some might doubt his agenda, have to say that getting an education does, permanently, change the way you think about things..you have to do a lot of writing, and a lot of analysis, and critical thinking was the most important concept that I took away from my own Uni education..it changes how you proceed in the world, how you think about events in the world, and how you perceive your fellow beings. A good thing, instead of merely parroting what your friends or family think or say, thinking for yourself is something that should be taught in regular school curricula, but that is precisely what the powers that be don’t want. There is a reason that fundamentalists and bigots don’t want education for women, or the poor in general..you are probably smart enough to figure out those reasons yourself.
Perhaps all police should be Criminology grads, with some PoliSci thrown in, as well as Sociology..might make for smarter cops, or then again, might make for cleverer corrupt cops, I don’t really know…but this Western penchant for those in positions of power abusing the poor, persons of colour, and women in general, needs to stop, and education is always the answer. At the very least, the expectations of police qualifications should be broadened, since too many ill-equipped people are being hired for this job, people who should never be in positions of power. The results of this lack of foresight are obvious to anyone.