Switching to Clarence Page

“‘War on cops’ more myth than menace,” by Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune. Published on November 8, 2015.

The time has come for me to move to my third pundit, Clarence Page. In his latest post, Page states that the “war on cops” is not taking place, even though many political figures claim that it is. To prove this, Page features powerful logos by reminding the reader of the recent “staged-suicide” of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz in Fox Lake, Illinois. Because this death was formerly believed to have been caused by assailants, many conservative figures began pinning the “Black Lives Matter” activist group, claiming that they are responsible for all of the increased violence against law enforcement. However, the logos arrives when Page announces that Gliniewicz has a now unhidden history that undermines the comments of politicians,

“Lake County officials now say that G.I. Joe committed a “carefully staged suicide” to look like murder — and perhaps to cover up his theft of thousands of dollars from the Police Department’s youth auxiliary program, which he then spent on such things as porn websites, mortgage payments and gym memberships.”

Instead of using this evidence to completely throw public figures ‘under the bus,’ Page proposes a question that everyone, regardless of their position on this issue, can think on, “Can we Americans allow ourselves to hold bad cops accountable without losing our respect for the heroic work that most police officers do?” To answer this question, Page specializes on logos and ethos by referencing a black Chicago police sergeant, Chris Taliaferro, who still believes in the general practices of law enforcement, which include “stop-and-frisk” situations, that is, as long as they have a logical reason for them. In addition, Taliaferro supports the usage of video footage of crime scenarios, because, as he states, “Truth can be told by way of video.”


5 thoughts on “Switching to Clarence Page

  1. Harrison,

    I followed Clarence Page last month. I hope you enjoy his work as much as I did. The field has changed drastically as a video tells the truth. You see this debate going on constantly in the news, but I appreciate Page’s stance. He doesn’t polarize one group or the other, but forces them to reflect on their position and perhaps compromise. How do you feel on this subject?



  2. Harrison,

    I think probably the rate of “police brutality” instances hasn’t risen much at all, but with this new age of camera phones, they are being broadcasted to the world, and now the media looks for more of these cases, feeding off of them, fueling their agendas. What do you think?


  3. I find it very interesting that there can be so many differing opinions on whether something, such as police brutality in the case, is a real issue. While reading I thought of the so-called “War on Terrorism” and the controversy surrounding that. Seeing as there is much disagreement on what is an actual problem, how do we determine what issues in our nation need attention?


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