Pride and cops as a necessary evil
In the article Why Reform Pride When You Can Just Let It Die? (NOW, November 29-December 5), Florence Ashley refers to the Toronto Police Service as “agents of state violence.” This is true.
On the flip side, remember that an important element of our relatively safe and peaceful society has been the transfer of interpersonal violence to (ideally) impartial systems of justice and enforcement.
We clearly still have work to do on the “impartial” piece of this.
Abandoning the delegation of violence to the state, however, is not an option if we aim to continue the long-term trend to greater tolerance and peace at every level.
Cops are a necessary evil. Let’s collaborate to help them serve all of us more fairly.
Tom Sommerville Toronto