When Marine Corps veteran David Couper took over as chief of the Madison, Wisconsin police department in 1972, he stepped into the middle of a virtual war between police and antiwar protestors – and quickly de-escalated the situation, turning one of the nation’s most violent police departments into one of the most peaceful and restrained. (Unfortunately “the times they are a changin’ back” as Madison has recently seen apparently abusive police killings of civilians Paul Heenan and Tony Robinson, and has become a lighting rod for protests.)
I’m not a big fan of police, but David Couper (like Frank Serpico) has been a hero of mine since I was a teenager. He embodies “earned authority” as opposed to the abusive, psychopathic authority that is unfortunately becoming the norm. It’s an honor to interview the man I would nominate to head a Commission on Police Reform.
Posted by Kevin Barrett on April 25, 2015, With 1599 Reads Filed under Truth Jihad. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.