Above you see what the Houston Police Department posted on social media on Martin Luther King Day.
It's easy to be cynical about such a post. But at the same time, we should never give up on the idea that all people merit the protection and services that they pay for with tax dollars, and the services they deserve simply because they are residents of the city.
Yesterday I wrote about Houston-area State Rep. Gene Wu terming the Republican Party the biggest threat to his community.
Rep. Wu is correct to focus on the threat from the Republican Party and the right. It's a focus that law enforcement should share. Not only the Houston Police Department, but the Harris County Sheriff as well.
It is the Republican Party and extremist right defying federal authority, politicizing the state police, encouraging hate and undermining elections. All these issues are directly relevant to Houston and Harris County. We must have a future rooted in democracy and freedom.
The Houston Police Department said on King Day, "The time is always right to do what is right."
A way HPD could do what is right is to understand that there is no public safety without democracy. HPD could live up the legacy of Martin Luther King by using the resources it currently applies to writing endless tickets for Food Not Bombs, to instead address actual threats to Houston.
Threat number one is the Republican Party which is a party of insurrection and racial hate.
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