Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Roch Smith Jr. on Justin Outling's Bullshit

"Greensboro City Council member Justin Outling is fond of saying that the city’s now-defunct policy on public access to police body camera video was the “first in the state.” It was a terrible policy of secrecy. It betrayed the promises made by the chief of police that these cameras would be for “transparency and increased public accountability.”

With no benefits to tout, the only way to say something positive about the city’s policy is with an irrelevant superlative: “It was the first.” That sounds impressive—first is good, right?—but it is meaningless in describing the substance of the bad policy itself. It is like bragging about being the first to hit yourself in the head with a hammer."