by Sam Hieb
Surely by now you’ve read that Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott has announced officers will no longer initiate traffic stops “for minor infractions such as broken headlights or tail lights, one of a host of changes being implemented to address racial disparities in the city’s dealings with the public,” as the N&R puts it.
I guess my reaction is if only the New York Times had analyzed racial disparity in Gboro police traffic stops 30-plus years ago (maybe they did) when I started driving it would have saved me a lot of time, aggravation and money.
And if that’s not enough ‘community policing’ for you, Chief Scott is asking at least 1,000 Gboro residents to sign a pledge of nonviolence this Saturday and turn in any unwanted firearms—handguns, shotguns, rifles and ammo. GPD emphasizes “this is not a buyback.”
For its part, our local paper of record–after pondering the idea for a moment— concludes maybe asking residents to turn in guns “isn’t such a bad idea after all.”