The politics of a shiny new penny losing its luster

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, Ph.D ow contribuor | 6/13/2019, midnight

Subsequently, the police communications director was fired. She sued and won. The four police officers who held the conversations that got taped, also sued, as did the former police chief. The communications director was awarded a reported $235,000 for her trouble, the four officers received $500,000, and the former police chief got $75,000.

All of this seemed not only unseemly, unfair and unjust, it all made the mayor look tone-deaf and insensitive to Black concerns. It looked and felt like another kind of lynching.

Mayor Pete has yet to offer a satisfactory answer to why he handled this situation so badly, but word has spread and he will certainly be asked about it.

If his answer is not good, he is toast in the Black community. That means he won’t be the democratic nominee, and that’s not speculation.  

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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