In a different time, the obvious and orchestrated show of force could have appeared fairly thin-skinned on the part of police. But times are different now.
Just as people of color are sometimes under attack, so are police. Neither is fair nor justified.
About 50 of the 69 sworn police officers in Rock Island didn’t show up at the council meeting just to “hear matters of public concern.” They were making a point. And they had good reason to do so.
Alderman Dylan Parker also was making a point…