By Aaron Humes: Attorney and Senator Darrell Bradley closed Wednesday’s sitting of the Senate by mentioning the deaths of Laddie Gillett and Jesse Escobar, calling for a national dialogue on the rule of law and the relationship between law enforcement and citizens.
“I would support any effort on the Government’s part to lay out an agenda for citizens understanding in relation to the appropriateness of the use of force,” Bradley said, arguing that Government agencies need to get out ahead on the issue in the wake of the aftermath of the men’s deaths and the situation in the United States.
While avoiding specific comment on each incident (except for noting the arrests of those accused in the Escobar killing, which was taking place as the Senate stood on adjournment), Bradley said citizens need to understand why and how law enforcement use force, training on de-escalation of conflict and a system of swift action for breaches involving excessive force, not to mention the videotaping of incidents such as the Escobar one.
“We need to recognize as leaders in this country that many people in our society face a reality of powerlessness. So, we who live in nice homes, we are confident with the police; but there are those people who bear the opposite end of that,” Bradley observed.
Preserving the rule of law ensures that each citizen is confident that authorities will use the appropriate level of force when necessary and if not, we risk a situation where neither side speaks to each other and citizens do not respect police, Bradley concluded.