Son of a Bit*h says:
“The way I look at addiction now is completely different,” Mr. Adams said. “I can’t tell you what changed inside of me, but these are people and they have a purpose in life and we can’t as law enforcement look at them any other way. They are committing crimes to feed their addiction, plain and simple. They need help.”
So addicts were not “people” until just now. And they had no “purpose in life.” This statement is so oblivious, so unfeeling, so brutally dismissive of all that went before something “changed inside of [him.] All that he as a police officer was a party to: Death, incarceration, indifference to young black lives. And he cannot hear himself standing there saying that black lives did not and do not matter.