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On Jan 31, 2023, at 2:34 AM, Mike ter Maat firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Hello Starchild. I wish this were being sent under happier circumstances. As a member of the libertarian community, you will come under pressure for a policy response in the context of the death in Memphis of an unarmed man at the hands of police. This is my advice . . .
As a libertarian who has been involved in public policy most of my adult life, I believe this moment is an opportunity to demand change to police culture, departmental transparency, officer accountability & union stonewalling. This is not the time for blaming protestors, praising 99% of police, or pointing out the race of the officers.
As a recently retired pro-reform cop, I believe reform must begin with ending qualified immunity so as to send the signal that court deference to officers has gone too far, and denying victims the right to seek redress in court is un-American.
As a career-long professional free-market economist, I believe the next step is to require officers to be bonded by liability insurance - call it malpractice insurance - at their own expense, so as to create a private-sector third-party check on police adherence to best practices, which cannot be blocked by public-sector unions or local politicians.
Further background is posted to my website, Police, Poverty, and Criminal Justice Reform - Mike ter Maat https://u21059815.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=O6ymHkGXmEDmKOhIt2a-2FOuCLDmgpHnJQurDY3-2F-2Ff-2FrmJzGKNK2DTykihPi1tff3OsVHmO65Wm92AOvqfQ-2BKUWQ-3D-3Dtd4Y_TbKyK7LYO31rgSWkt81NxWwm8Z5uLveIixMtxxtVmG-2BswX9GFy-2BTbKA0vGxJI9fcILeC7tiPggx-2BTmA-2BUeUehEnbjOo3bT9jh70pDUlSz2H2GI9v7JNsEXC685UQRk8BiCHvmyrPWn5hT14k827HNOmbzheahV1YQQawv7Pr8xo3twIXYdFCZWBknT2O-2BAeYkki-2BfTO2hKmbcg4wtUpHs-2FU6S0KV2z2nXdIKs6ycqCA-3D. Please, do let me know what you think about my police reform agenda or anything else in my platform, the Gold New Deal https://u21059815.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=O6ymHkGXmEDmKOhIt2a-2FOpMkjCjh-2FerAp3dOBIqgOAaudHcbVGN-2FROdd3NpXeXn5n1In_TbKyK7LYO31rgSWkt81NxWwm8Z5uLveIixMtxxtVmG-2BswX9GFy-2BTbKA0vGxJI9fcILeC7tiPggx-2BTmA-2BUeUehLWZc2Z2WfP3BOkcSJheGjTFgTGDp6CRLJ31QrZZtkFjN20jAgYEzJlIuuSvDTXCn9Na-2F0aPm9sI2mWfWGwzCUQlg0HsPOOlS-2FnIDtNVg5WpEG2kdNbGTV-2BDrqeT-2Fd-2BGCxXqobSzVgTwo5k7M4YyGkI-3D, or any questions you may have.
Mike ter Maat
Austrian-School Economist & Pro-Reform Police Officer
Candidate for the Libertarian Party Presidential Nomination
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