16 Fear vs Faith

  • Fear and Faith both believe in a future that has not happened yet. Fear drives us toward wrong decisions, while faith creates guts, courage, braveness, power, talent, and strength to defeat the pain and terror.

    Fear believes in a negative future; faith believes in a positive future. The ultimate challenge we face everyday is between fear and faith. Fear is the second most powerful force in the universe, because it's the one thing that can keep us from our destiny, fear is what hold us back from being all we were meant to be, its power only come from the power we give it. On its own, fear has no power, fear is based on a lie, lies that you aren't strong enough, good enough, talent enough. Fear says you can't do it, won't do it, aren't worthy enough to do it. Fear shouts that outside circumstances and events have power over you, fear screams for you to give up, your situation and future is hopeless, it is all an illusion, it isn't true, it is a lie. Fear stands for false evidence appearing real, it seems real, but it isn't. Fear is like the monster in a child's room, when you turn on the light you realize, the monster isn't real and it disappears. Knowing what's real and true is like turning on the light and what's real is that outside circumstances have no power over you. What is true is that you create your world from the inside out. What's real is that you are worthy, unique and wonderfully made. What's true is that faith is more powerful than fear. What's true is that when you have faith anything is possible, your situation can turn around, there's plan for you, there is hope for you, great things are coming your way. The future hasn't happened yet, keep moving forward, have faith, you will create a positive future.

    Government and police are more often finding themselves facing the choice between fear and faith, sometimes against an elephant, sometimes against the evil when faith means to stand your ground, but most of times they just voluntarily choose to stand against their own people, and for whoever lose their accountability and their faith to people, we the people suffer, we don't have any accountability to lose, we have trust and confidence to lose, and at a point, we may lose tolerance.

  • When the United States and the United Kingdom subsequently withdrew their diplomatic efforts to gain that UN sanction, Jean Chrétien announced in Parliament on 18 June 2003 that Canada would not participate in the pending invasion. Two days earlier, a quarter million people in Montreal marched against the pending war. Major anti-war demonstrations had taken place in several other Canadian cities.

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used a press conference at the end of his three-day cabinet retreat in Kananaskis, Alta., to send a message to terrorists that may be considering abducting Canadian citizens:

    "I do ... want to make one thing perfectly, crystal clear: Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly."

    "There are very direct and concrete reasons for this," Trudeau added. "First of all, obviously this is a significant source of funds for terrorist organizations that then allows them to continue to perpetuate deadly acts of violence against innocents around the world.

    "But more importantly, paying ransom, for Canadians, would endanger the lives of every single one of the millions of Canadians who live, work and travel around the globe every single year," he said.

  • Calgary council approves non-binding Olympics plebiscite with question

    CBC News - Posted: Jul 31, 2018

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-council-approves-plebiscite-olympics-1.4769284

    Calgary city council has voted to approve a non-binding plebiscite for later this year testing resident interest in hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

    With a vote of 13 to one at Tuesday's council meeting, the plebiscite could be held November 13 with the following multiple choice question:

    Question: Are you for or are you against Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?

    Residents could choose between "I am for Calgary hosting" or "I am against Calgary hosting," as the two possible answers.

    Mayor Naheed Nenshi told reporters the question is written more objectively than a simple "yes" or "no."

    Although the plebiscite --- which could cost about $2 million --- isn't a done deal just yet.

  • Nenshi says Calgarians angry over arena deal can have their say ... in 2021

    Mayor dismissed concerns over the tight approval timeline, saying arena has been debated for years

    CBC News - Posted: Jul 31, 2019

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/nenshi-calgary-arena-event-centre-deal-1.5231915

    Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says if citizens aren't happy with a deal to pay for half of a new home for the Flames, they can register their discontent come election time. 

    "Ultimately, especially on an issue like this where the public is so split, we really do have to rely on our elected officials to just make a decision," he told the Calgary Eyeopener on Wednesday. 

    "And, you know, in 2021 we have the ultimate plebiscite."

    The deal, approved by city council on Tuesday, will see the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation --- which owns the Flames, Stampeders, Rougnecks and Hitmen --- and the city each pay $275 million for the new event centre.

  • Calgary council should reject plebiscite on lowering speed limit, bureaucrats suggest

    CBC News - Posted: Jan 27, 2021

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-speed-limit-vote-1.5889160

    Several of Chu's colleagues, like Farrell, disagree. They say they were elected by Calgarians to make decisions on their behalf so a plebiscite is not needed.

    Chu's position is that those council members are not willing to widely consult with voters because they may not like the answer.

    "They're afraid to listen to the public. These are the same people who support the Olympics but were against an Olympic plebiscite."

    In the last plebiscite held in Calgary, voters rejected pursuing a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The result was 56 per cent opposed.

  • Calgary will lower speed limits on residential side streets from 50 to 40 km/h

    CBC News - Posted: Feb 01, 2021

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-speed-limit-residential-streets-council-vote-1.5896201

    City officials had recommended against putting the speed issue to a plebiscite, saying it would come with numerous risks and that it would be challenging to come up with a clear yes or no question for voters.

    Despite that recommendation, Coun. Peter Demong brought forward an amendment calling for the issue to go to the voters, which was defeated 10-4.

  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-police-budget-hiring-1.4923130

    Proposed plan is a 'maintaining budget' for CPS, says deputy chief.

    Calgary police told city council this week they need to hire a class of 24 new officers to keep up with an increase in crime in the community.

    That's in addition to the 48 officers the force is expected to hire in the next two years to replace those leaving the Calgary Police Service.

    Deputy Chief Paul Cook addressed councillors Monday as they deliberated over the city's proposed four-year budget, asking them to pay for the new hires by giving the police a share of extra fine revenues anticipated as there's a bigger focus on enforcement.

    "We're asking council to consider that we fund those 24 positions through revenue because I can tell you, we desperately need those positions and we need the 120 at the end of the cycle," Cook said.

    The ratio of citizens to officers is projected to continue to rise above the current 630 to 1 in coming years, even with the proposed operating budget of approximately $401 million in 2019 and 2020.

    The $401 million doesn't stray far from this year's funding.

    The budget increases to $411 million in 2021 and $421 million in 2022, allowing for the hiring of 60 additional CPS positions each year --- but it's not known how those jobs will be divided between civilian and sworn officer positions.

    Cook told council that as the city grows, crime is increasing both in numbers and complexity.

    Cook described the proposed spending as a "maintaining budget" for the police service.

  • Police spending for Edmonton stood at $372.7 million, or 13.5 per cent of the $2.76 billion it cost to run the city in 2015. By 2019, running the police department cost $465.9 million, about 14.6 per cent of the $3.19 billion it cost to keep Edmonton in operation last year.

    Still, after weeks of debate around police reform, Edmonton city council approved a motion in early July that included cutting the police service's budget by $11 million over the next two years. A task force will also be created to make recommendations including where the money cut from the budget will be reallocated. The plan is to move the money towards social and community services including housing support in order to help the city's most vulnerable residents.

    In Montreal, the percentage spent on policing has shrunk since 2015. Five years ago, it cost $694.8 million to keep police operations running, about 11.2 per cent of the city's expenses. It spent $714.3 million, or about 9.9 per cent, in 2019. This works out to a 2.8 per cent increase between 2015 and 2019.

    Meanwhile, Vancouver spends between 20 to 21 per cent of its annual expenses on the police, but the cost to run the department grew 19 per cent over the last five years. Calgary spends just over 13 per cent each year, but the cost to operate the police service rose more than 9 per cent over the same period. Ottawa has held steady with roughly 10 per cent of the city's annual expenditures going towards policing, but its annual spending rose by more than 13.5 per cent to $350.5 million in 2019.

    Canadian cities are not alone in seeing an increase either. Coast-to-coast in the United States, the portion cities spend on policing has grown over the last 40 years -- even as cities have become much safer, according to a June report from the New York Times. Since the late 1970s, the average share of spending on police in 150 cities climbed some 1.2 percentage points to 7.8 per cent, based on data collected by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's Fiscally Standardized Cities.

  • It comes as Minneapolis public schools announced they are terminating their contract with the city's police department, following an unanimously approved decision by the school's board to end the district's contract with the force to use officers to provide school security.

    In Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has said he will now direct $250m (£197m) of the city's budget to youth jobs, health initiatives, and "peace centres" to heal trauma, and will allow those who have suffered discrimination to collect damages. Officials said as much as $150m (£118m) would come from the Los Angeles Police Department.

    In New York, the police department has a $6bn (£4.73bn) budget, which up until recently the Mayor fought to keep intact. City council members pushed back against Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's plans to cut the police budget by less than 1 per cent while slashing youth services by one-third. Councilors instead proposed a 5 to 7 per cent cut for all agencies, including police. Mr de Blasio later vowed to shift part of the budget to youth and social work, and implement better transparency for officer's disciplinary files.

    July 31, 2020, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a major budget cut to the San Francisco police and sheriff's departments over the next two years, The mayor said $120 million in funding would be redirected from law enforcement agencies to instead be spent on addressing disparities in the Black community. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said in a written statement: "While the cuts are significant, they are cuts we can absorb and that will not diminish our ability to provide essential services."

  • November 25, 2020

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/25/us/seattle-police-budget-cut/index.html

    (CNN)Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan plans to sign a new city budget that includes an 18% cut to the city's police department funding, according to a statement issued by her office Tuesday.

    A vote by the Seattle City Council approved the budget Monday 8-1, with Councilmember Kshama Sawant voting against. She had pushed for the full 50% cut to the police budget that protesters had demanded over the summer following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

  • Camden, New Jersey, dissolved its police department in 2012 and replaced it with an entirely new one after corruption rendered the existing agency unfixable.

    Before its police reforms, Camden was routinely named one of the most violent cities in the US.

    Now, seven years after the old department was booted, the city's crime has dropped by close to half. Officers host outdoor parties for residents and knock on doors to introduce themselves. It's a radically different Camden than it was even a decade ago. Here's how they did it.

    In 2012, officials voted to completely disband the department -- it was beyond reform.

    And in 2013, the Camden County Police Department officially began its tenure. No other city of Camden's size has done anything quite like it.

    City officials had two objectives in remaking Camden's police: reduce crippling violent crime and make residents feel safer.

    Louis Cappelli, Camden County freeholder director (another term for a county-level public official), said the department still has a ways to go, but its efforts over the last seven years have been largely successful.

    "Back then residents of Camden city absolutely feared the police department and members of the department," he told CNN. "They (the residents) wanted that to change."

    Violent crimes have dropped 42% in seven years, according to city crime data provided by the department. The crime rate has dropped from 79 per 1,000 to 44 per 1,000, the data shows.

    Cappelli credits the improvement to new "community-oriented policing," which prizes partnership and problem-solving over violence and punishment.

    "We want to make sure residents of the city know these streets are theirs," he said. "They need to claim these streets as their own, not let drug dealers and criminals claim them."

  • Lake Worth Beach has a local reputation for high crime and has been counted as among the highest crime cities in the state. The city's police department was disbanded in 2008 and law enforcement duties were taken over by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department. Crime has been falling since then, with murders down 73%, robberies down 47% and burglaries down 23%.

  • Published June 18, 2020

    https://lasentinel.net/20-years-after-disbanding-its-police-department-compton-leaders-and-residents-fed-up-with-sheriffs-take-to-the-streets.html#:~:text=Led%20by%20then%2DMayor%20Omar,in%20fear%20of%20their%20lives.

    Kendrick Lamar, Mayor Aja Brown march in Compton's largest protest against police brutality in modern history.

    At the time, the $12.3-million contract with the city of Compton was the most expensive among the 41 cities patrolled by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Led by then-Mayor Omar Bradley, the five-member City council voted 4-to-1 in July 2000 to disband the Compton Police Department in hopes of getting a handle on the high homicide rate that had gripped the city and kept residents indoors in fear of their lives. Twenty years, Compton taxpayers are paying $22 million a year to the Sheriff's Department with only Lancaster coming in higher at $24 million for a city of 94 square miles and 150,000 residents. At 10 square miles and 100,000 residents, Compton is paying the most money per resident and geographic area.

    Today Compton residents and elected leaders no longer look at the Sheriff's Department as the answer, but more as the problem.

    On June 7 over five thousand people participated in a march against police brutality--but to be more specific--Sheriff's deputy brutality.

    Led by Mayor Aja Brown and Councilwoman Michelle Chambers, thousands walked the 1.3 miles between the Gateway Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. monument in front of the courthouse. Among the marchers were Grammy award winner and Compton native Kendrick Lamar. He was joined by fellow Compton native DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets Russell Westbrooks.

    But celebrities were outnumbered by Compton's everyday citizens who are fed up with the lack of consequences faced by sheriff deputies who kill and victimize residents.

    Community leaders, Compton Cowboy Randy Hook, gang interventionist David Cox, Sylvia Nunn Angel's, Leroy Brown and hundreds from Compton's community-based gang reduction and intervention initiative Compton Empowered all hit the street to join their community in calling for a change.

    "It's time for the Sheriff's Department to be accountable to the cities that contract their service," said Mayor Brown. "In Compton, we're not even allowed to dictate our own priorities as it relates to law enforcement. The sheriff tells us what the priorities are and it should be the other way around. For far too long the Sheriff's Department has gone unchallenged regarding their accountability to the cities that pay them millions and millions of dollars each year. We are their bosses and not the other way around."

    Councilmember Michelle Chambers added "We want transparency from the Sheriff's Department. They freely tell us the crime statistics in our city but never tell us how many complaints were filed, sustained, or even what the percentage of crimes being solved is. We want to know and we have a right to know what the return on our taxpayer's investment in the Sheriff's Department is--especially when the Sheriff's Department is asking for an additional one million dollars."

    "Compton residents deserve and demand equitable treatment. We are tired of dodging sheriff's cars that have no regard for traffic laws or personal property, being snatched out of our cars, having our vehicles illegally searched, being threatened and intimidated, beaten and in some cases murdered," said Mayor Aja Brown. "We demand the same treatment that deputies provide to the residents of Malibu, Rancho Palos Verdes and other affluent communities. And, according to the size of our contract with the Sheriff's Department, we have $22 million reasons to expect it."

    "The City currently contracts with Sheriff's Department for law enforcement services at a price tag in excess of $22 million but incidents like what occurred with Dalvin Price are unacceptable and we will not tolerate it," said Compton City Attorney Damon Brown. "The taxpayers of this City will not fund our own destruction and dehumanization. We expect our tax dollars to be used for our protection and for law enforcement to work cooperatively with City leadership to improve safety and quality of life. For this relationship between the Sheriff's and the City to continue, there must be accountability."

  • The accountability of individual police officers is a fundamental issue for police executives. This is fitting: police officers are the public officials society has authorized, even obliged, to use force. Ensuring that police officers use that warrant equitably, legally, and economically on behalf of citizens is at the core of police administration. The enduring concern of police executives to ensure accountability in policing is a reflection of their professional commitment.

    A culture of accountability in law enforcement builds trust between the police and the community.

    The public holds the police to high standards. When police violate the rules, they break public trust and lose credibility. This ultimately makes policing more difficult, as people are unlikely to cooperate with police if they don't trust them.

    Accountability is a key component of effective constitutional and community policing efforts.

    When the public see that law enforcement has systems in place to enforce police accountability, they are more likely to see police as legitimate. And therefore, they will be more willing to assist the police.

  • The philosophy of Community Oriented Policing promotes organizational strategies which support the systematic use of partnerships with community members and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues within the community. Crime or fear of crime, social disorder, and the safe movement of vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians along roadways are prime examples where partnerships and open, cooperative discussions between community and the police can help resolve or improve conditions contributing to the problem. The focus of community-oriented policing is not simply on response, but on preventing crime and resolving community problems. This philosophy rests on the belief that the police and the community must work together as partners to solve the contemporary challenges faced in today's society.

    Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing crime, helping to reduce fear of crime and enhancing the quality of life. It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the police and the public. It involves all elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems and is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between police and the public.