An interesting news item appeared on the CBC regarding an undercover Police operation here in Vancouver.
It was in the East End the poorest community in the lower mainland. Poverty and drug use is high. People sleep in streets or in run down hotels. In any case a number of people in wheelchairs had been robbed and since most occurred in the East end an officer went undercover there using a wheelchair and feigning a head injury. He carried a money belt around his waist and made sure people saw he was carrying money.
Nobody robbed him. People went out of their way to help him and warn him about flashing his money. One person even helped zip up the moneybelt to ensure no one saw. people offerred to pray for him. Some people gave him money. Not one person ever shortchanged him on any transaction. He was rather taken aback at the compassion shown to him in this the poorest of neighborhoods,
Needless to say he never caught anyone but his perspective on the people living there certainly changed.
There is a whole lot of common decency in people that are poor be they black or white or of the First Nations peoples. There is no decency in the Police officers that beat and prey on them.