Everett D. Mitchell is the Director of Community Relations at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is also pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin, and co-editor of the book entitled, “Breaking Silence: Pastoral Approaches to Creating an Ethos of Peace.”
At a recent “Best Policing Practices” panel, Mitchell suggested that police stop prosecuting individuals who shoplift from Wal-Mart and Target because they are big box stores with insurance.
Watch the 1:18 minute video from MediaTrackers:
“I just don’t think that they should be prosecuting cases for people who steal from Wal-Mart. I Just don’t think that. I don’t think that Target, and all them other places – the big boxes that have insurance – they should be using the people that steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices.”
Aside from Mitchell tarnishing any possibility of ever getting a job at Wal-Mart, he is seen here advocating for legal relativism – the notion that communities should decide for themselves which laws should be enforced and which laws should not based on what the community deems as law.
Does Wal-Mart get to vote in what the community deems as law Mr. Mitchell? They are of course, part of the community.
Mr. Mitchell isn’t the only University of Wisconsin-Madison professor to voice their opinions on policing within communities. Just three weeks ago, SoCawlege wrote about fellow UW-Madison professors Karma R. Chàvez and Sara L. McKinnon who penned a letter to the Capital Times entitled, “Sara L. McKinnon and Karma Chàvez: Request for no police interaction is reasonable” In the letter, they write that police are an “occupying force” and lack justification for patrolling in certain neighborhoods.