|Detective Bernard Kerik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|John Edwards official Senate photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|English: Geraldo Rivera at a Hudson Union Society event in September 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Well, Geraldo has made it very clear that he would like to reinstate stop and frisk...it is safer for everyone involved---on all sides of the issue and it is better for commerce in New York city giving the example of increased theatre sales and tourism this summer.
This blog writer tends to agree with Noam Laden--yes, there are problems right now but is stop and frisk fair? Noam has given the example of the caller who said he is a business owner but never the less, he has been thrown up against the wall by police officers and treated in an unkind manner simply because of his color or the way he was dressed. This fellow owns a bail bond business.
It seems there is a much larger problem and one can remember John Edwards when he said there were two Americas.
We have to give credit to Geraldo Rivera and Noam Laden for discussing the issue and disagreeing on the main premise......they both do want fair treatment for everyone but again, stop and frisk is at the crux of the issue.
Noam and Geraldo are not afraid to listen to the callers. Geraldo's show can always be credited with actually being a "talk" show--one of the few out there that can wear the title of news/talk with honesty. Geraldo is not afraid for anyone to disagree with him.....everyone from the big political talkers to the angry grandmas to the police department...they are all going to call up and tell Geraldo what they think.
Noam Laden said this morning that he enjoyed reading the recent book of former police commissioner Bernie Kerik. Bernie is a friend of Geraldo and Noam and a friend of the show. Bernie also has the gift of putting a human emotion on the face of the police officers. It is so easy to say all of the cops out there are only good or bad.
thanks, Bernie for reminding us that the hard working police officers are human beings with families.
Noam said that Bernie has also reminded us in his book that once someone is in prison there is no rehabilitation coming out. One is just left out there on their own to fend for themselves without any kind of training whatsoever.
I can only refer to my friend in Wichita in the lower income part of town. He recently got out of prison and he had so little knowledge to help him move forward. He did not have any job skills, any computer skills, any television, four kids he was trying to raise with his girl. The rehab guy from the prison had apparently run off with the cash that was intended to help the recent men released.
This very friendly individual was trying so very hard to live correctly--he had so little going for him. He had absolutely zero social mobility.
Yes, one could say everything was of his own doing but he had so little to go on when he wanted to live correctly. The problems he had were so removed from this blogger one could not imagine his struggles.
The words of John Edwards still ring true today.
As Noam and Geraldo and Bernie suggested the problem is very much deeper than stop and frisk. the problem of poverty seems so complex the answer must be very difficult.
Good job to Noam and Geraldo and Bernie for trying to talk about the issue and bringing in the opinion and thoughts of the folks of the city.
Thanks for not being afraid..
read this information in the New York Daily News to learn more about Bernie's new book: From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054
from the desk of the ronnie republic radio round-up.......always listening to WABC New York News Talk Radio...........
please share your thoughts..........agree or disagree
can't wait to hear Art Bell.