Actually the vests they want to order are a great idea. They work better against the high powered rifles that lunatics prefer. I want the all the p-dogs to get this type of vest as well. I think they are also entitled to safety. And the 50,000 in riot gear is nothing. Better to buy this stuff for them, then to pay for any of the stupid asinine studies to see where the crime is located, as we have in the recent past.
I thought policeman automatically wore bullet proof vests???🤔🤔🤔
Seems like the media has declared an all out war on the police as of late. Why not get them these to keep them safe? People are throwing bricks at "peaceful" protests. I have no issue at all with this as a city of Charleston resident. I have nothing but respect for these officers and what they deal with day to day. If you have a problem; who are you going to call? Sorry to tell you but ghost busters are fictional.
Mat, the next time you are in trouble why bother the police, seems that you have a strong disregard for their safety.
Ballistic vests? As in vests designed to stop a bullet if you get shot? Of course. Why should cops wear a vest that could save their lives?
"sorry, until there's a trial, you're still a citizen and you have rights"
Yes, and so does the officer. If you are a fleeing suspect and you are shooting at the officer (or about to) the officer, just like any other citizen, has a right to defend themselves. The officer (unlike citizens) also has a right to fire in defense of the society at large as well.
Now, this is not meant to excuse some of the actions seen by law enforcement. however, despite the dozen or so incidents seen on YouTube or media recently, these incidents are still, by far, in the minority. The vast majority of officer / citizen interactions are done calmly, professionally, and occasionally in, a friendly manner.
I'm not sure if my previous comment went through, so I'll sum up in another one:
Militarize: to put weapons and military forces in (an area) or to give a military quality or character to (something) - Merriam-Webster, 27 July, 2016.
How does giving police ballistic vests (a.k.a. bullet proof vests), militarize the CPD? Simple, it doesn't. How does protecting our officers, our 'blue lives', militarize them? Joe Public can buy the vests, why can't CPD? If Joe Public can militarize, then the PD's around the country need to as well (North Hollywood Shootout anyone?). Sounds like the media isn't reporting the whole story again (surprise!!!). You say the 'citizen' has rights, and you are correct. However, certain citizens, let's call them convicted felons, don't have certain rights; the right to bear arms, to conceal said firearm in their pocket while resisting arrest and reach for said firearm during the arrest. That's one example. Maybe what you should be writing about is how certain cultures are raised to hate police, how that life is glorified in music videos and movies and songs. What you should be writing is "If stopped by a police officer, show respect, do what you are instructed to do, no sudden movements & explain what and where you are reaching for..."etc. Oh, and don't forget the biggest thing you should write "Don't kill anyone, be they a blue life, a black life, a yellow/brown/red/white...life."
Now, had the CPD ordered four tanks for crowd control, then you could argue militarization. But to anyone with their head on their shoulders, vests are a good thing for our officers.
Good written article, but you're all exaggerating. This is what it's like to live in a desirable city, for whatever reason that it may be desirable. Growth creates other issues and growth is inevitable because of things like the internet that make viewing other POSSIBILITIES aside from a "Rust Belt" or "Ice Pack" more interesting. The tech age allows for this and if you trade spaces with someone from Philadelphia, you're going to think of it even worse and the Philladelphian the opposite. If you want small down, go live in Georgetown. People have trouble getting bridges fixed and roads built just the same in Pennsylvania or NY. Heck, in Western NY, bridges are crumbling onto cars. Stop it with the bubble-bashing. Embrace it. Learn that your commute is now 30 instead of 20 minutes. Deal with it.
And to people bashing the Jasper project, shove it. You don't get to decide what a developer can do outside of the master zoning plan for a community. Maybe show up to the meetings 10 years ago and complain before whining about it 15 years later.
LOL assigning party politics to our local government.
In the lowcountry there are developers, and everyone else--and our local governing bodies are inundated with developers that care not for anyone else's opinion.
Sonia Faye, not sure if you know it, but Charleston has been under Democrat government for the last 40 years, so you can stop blaming everything on the other party. They are the ones allowing the growth in Charleston, your party.
Where's the insight here people? Say? Tell us something we don't know. Do not give this article esteem. Expect more from a columnist called Mat Catastrophe.
Use that 'PRESS' badge. This is a News+Opinion piece...what is your opinion? That this article was even posted and then heralded by the community shows that we have a lack accountability to our city as its citizens.
Mat Cat, man, do better. I think you can. Or CP, let this guy write what he really wants. It's a waste of your platform in the community to publish something like this. Take a chance, or you'll be just another entertaining/cutesy blurbist...talk about saturation.
Sonia Faye says "Transplants change the character of the places they migrate too and turn them into the same cesspools that they escaped from in the first place. You come here for low taxes. Infrastructure increases taxes. Which do you want? Low taxes or infrastructure? Can't have it both ways."
This transplant didn't come here for low taxes - I came from Massachusetts - NOT a cesspool BTW - to escape winter snow and cold - period. I'd be happy to pay more in taxes to make infrastructure improvements and while I'm at it I'll throw in some extra for better schools.
All of you idiots wanted it and ypu got it. Boeing put the quality of life in Charleston into the grave and Volvo is going to shovel the dirt on top to fill tbe hole.
Too late to start crying now...
check the local highways. at times of the day the traffic is >20-30% container trucks. SC's plan? dredge the rivers so larger ships can load an unload. All while they enjoy the nation's lowest gas prices. it's not LACK of focus, it's no focus whatsoever. And as long as the Beach Company has a stranglehold on local development that's not going to change either.
Influx of new residence? Heck, Mayor Woolsey and his Town of James Island can't even come close to dealing with its obligations to its existing residence. Meanwhile he isn't he violating the promise he used to get elected by raising taxes. Why is lying to get elected not an ethics violation? Any fool can stay within budget if they can raise revenue by fiat. But while Woolsey is an economics professor, he doesn't seem to have a clue regarding the cost benefits of municiple services. That's if you could even call the Town a municipality. Essentially it is an oligarchy, run by upper class bureauracratic elitest that is not going bankrupt anytime soon. Except perhaps morally. Clearly its residents deserve better. That might happen if the Town would merge with the City of Charleston. But don't hold your breath on that one. It just makes too much sense.
Am I the only one who thinks we might be too late.
I feel like we have had the symptoms of this terrible cancer (rampant development /inadequate infrastructure) for years and we just ignored it. Now we are really sick and hoping radical surgery or chemo is going to save us?
Ok, it might just help if we act quickly but the surgeons (elected officials) are going to have to go to committee to talk about it and during that time we will just get sicker and sicker.( more hotels more development approvals)
Then they will come with some diluted treatment plan and we will languish in a miserable state clinging to hope, adversely affected by the side effects (traffic ,overcrowding, increased taxes) with a greatly diminished quality of life.
All because we wanted to bask in the sun of being the number one city in the world without sunscreen.( Adequate infrastructure and planning).
What the hell in thirty tears they say an additional foot of seawater will start the healing process. Or maybe that deteriorating gas main Mat mentioned.
Hey Beaufort and Savannah you should really have that raised and irregular shaped bump looked at. Before it gets out of hand.
God bless all of us we knew not what we did.
Another Hugo or two: problem solved.
If you're hoping for a Manhattan Project-esque focus on infrastructure in the area, prepare to keep waiting.
GOP leadership will not loosen the purse strings for public transit or roads any time before Cola becomes beachfront property.
great article mat
Bike Lane's are needed because soon that will be the quicker option to get around town:(
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