Sorg claims to have gotten insider accounts. Yet, despite the fact that the entire crowd was in rebellion against the police on the night of Dec. 19th, Sorg still insists on scapegoating "anarchist agitators." Despite the fact that Sorg has no clue who was present at the marches in November or December, she still makes the ridiculous claim that a few smashed windows in November "[signal] peace is not on the table." Such justification is simply not the way that the law and order she seems to desire so much is supposed to function in the United States. Sorg neglects the fact that DPD showed up on Dec. 19th with gas masks on their hips, citing literature and past actions as justification for beating and gassing folks peaceably assembled at CCB. As Sorg continues to fervently claim that she is not defending the police actions, one cannot help but remember the doublethink of Orwell's 1984.
Deciding that people who live with the reality of a militarized police presence in their
neighborhoods don’t understand the true nature of the situation, Sorg ludicrously compares the
role of Chief Lopez and his DPD officers to that of a chef and waiter, attempting to abdicate the
DPD’s shock troops from any responsibility in this, or any other incident. In stating that the
officers should not be held accountable for their actions, Sorg dangerously ignores the personal
choices made by each officer, whether choosing to hit unarmed teenagers with nightsticks,
endanger attendees of a prayer vigil-turned-protest and pedestrians with teargas, or otherwise
engage in departmentally sanctioned abuses. Even more concerning, this waiter-cop analogy
also ignores the realities of Durham citizens who are racially profiled, harassed, and in the
cases of Jesus Huerta, Jose Ocampo and others, murdered by DPD officers.
Sorg asserts that Durham citizens’ mistrust of the police is “ironic” due Police Chief Lopez’s hiring
based on his supposed strength in “community policing.” In doing so, she displays her ignorance of
the relationship between police and those they are given authority over, as well as the definition of
irony. Mistrust of the police force is a default for communities in which racial profiling and the
murder of children are realities. Lopez was brought into the DPD in a failed attempt to rectify
a history of abuses that have plagued the department. The failure of Lopez and the DPD, as well
as the continued mistrust of police found in numerous communities is not ironic; it is evidence
that the police do not deserve trust or respect. Sorg clearly does not inhabit the same Durham as
many of the community members present at the December 19th.
Finding "inner peace" is a lot to ask of a city that is literally under the gun.
Aaaaaand cue Sorg ignoring any of the salient critiques leveled at her by Prison Books
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