Today at about 5:00 pm the mayor, along with the chief of police, held a press conference regarding the recent police shootings. To some people's surprise however, the tone of the meeting was not so much one of hard-line defensiveness, with the chief dutifully defending every action of his courageous officers, absolving them of any responsibility. Rather, the mayor and the chief agreed that there had been far too many officer involved shootings recently, and that they would both be pursuing plans of action in order to decrease the frequency of police shootings.
Source: link to www.oregonlive.com
This stance would appear to be a rather new one for the city. What could it mean? Perhaps Adams and Reese are merely allowing their humanity to show for once? ... on the whole, doubtful.
A brief glance at the history of political resistance movements will reveal that regimes sometimes do this, adopt the language of the resistance itself. Mexico's use of language around indigenous issues since 1994 is an example, the state has effectively appropriated many of the Zapatista's explicitly subversive slogans and terms regarding the issue. Why would the state do this? To put it simply, because the sentiments of the resistance have popular appeal, large sections of the population are upset with the status quo, and by appropriating the language of the resistance the state hopes to reconfirm the support of those sectors of the population who could at any moment "switch allegiances," so to speak.
Let's remind people that no matter what rhetoric the state uses, it's promises inevitably will fall flat. The state wants to make reform sound effective, far-reaching, serious... radical. But reform is not radical, it doesn't get at the root of the problems it pretends to address. The police will remain the police and things will go on more or less as usual if the mayor and chief have their way.
Let's make sure that they don't.