Andre Vasquez asks a good question.
“I’d like to hear the logic for explaining how someone who is thinking confrontation (or even running) pulls out their wallet and ID first.”
Not all the comments this weekend came from anonymous trolls. Even friends were questioning me after the few seconds of bodycam video with no audio were released.
But I am too aware of the double standard not to be skeptical of the police version of the killing of Snoop, the barber, Harith Augustus.
The Chicago Sun-Times:
The video contains no audio. As it begins, at least four officers approach Augustus. Guglielmi has said they approached because Augustus exhibited “characteristics of an armed person.”
Meanwhile, something jumped out at me in a WBEZ story of the firing of a CPS principal.
The firing of a respected Chicago elementary school principal is sparking controversy in the South Side neighborhood of Washington Park.
Teachers, parents, students, and prominent community members gathered in Burke Elementary School’s small auditorium earlier this week. They were demanding to know what principal Jessica Biggs did that was so bad that Chicago Public Schools decided to fire her and why they weren’t consulted. They worried that the firing was tied to Biggs’ role illuminating problems at the heart of scandals that rocked the school district this year.
Scroll down and there is this:
The community and Biggs also are surprised that she has no recourse. Through the six years that she lead Burke, she was kept as an interim principal, which means she was never given a contract and therefore was an at-will employee.
Kirby told the people gathered at Burke that all principals of probationary schools are kept at interim status. She also told them that the local school council —- an elected group of parents and community members that helps run a school —- can have no role in choosing the next principal. In fact, Biggs’ replacement has already been hired and is working at the school.
According to the most recent CPS data, about 100 schools have interim principals.
Through three decades of being a teacher and teacher union activist and local president I have been told that principals are the key to a school’s success.
I never bought it. But that is what I have been told.
A good principal is important (and we can discuss what that means), but just as important are teacher leaders, staff and parents that are involved in decision making.
Plus tons of other things characterize school success.
But according to this report CPS has 100 interim principals.
All the interim principals are in probationary schools.
Biggs had been an interim for six years.
How is that good?