9.17.2014

Open Mic Night: Law Enforcement Reform

Open thread, y'all.

I've been trying formulate words about what's going on with America's police, and the post just isn't coming.  I start a draft and someone else gets gunned down (Dillon Taylor, Darrien Hunt...because apparently Utah is trigger-happy as hell).  I re-draft and someone gets tasered into a coma (his name is Bryce Masters).  Meanwhile, Chris Lollie can't even go to pick up his kids from daycare without getting arrested

Bar Patrons: what...the fuck?

See Also

Ferguson.  Kinda.

34 comments:

  1. You know its getting real when they are going after white people!

    You missed this one with the handicapped guy walking with his kids. It reminds me of the black guy in NY that was pinned/choked by cops: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Nb2ZPXuWIs

    Its gotten scary.

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    1. Wow! do you tell me that they couldn't handle a guy in a wheelchair? OMFG!! Unless he had a gun, what is their excuse. I mean couldn't they have just asked to search this guy instead of throwing him down like that? What a freakin' shame! I'm telling you..these days people need to worry about the actions of the cops more than a criminal. At least with the criminal, you know what they're about.

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  2. I'm having the same problem, despite hearing about Eric Garner being the prompt that got me out of a several months long writers block on my blog. Then as you know, Mike Brown's murder happened scant days later, and during the aftermath of that, Renisha McBride's killer gets what I felt a light sentence. I have been unable to form anything coherent about the lawless thugs in blue that call themselves the police. But since I popped by and saw the open mic, maybe I can say a few rambling things here and maybe the knot in my chest might loosen a little bit. Might.

    I'm just absolutely rendered incapable of forming thoughts when I see the police straight up murdering us left and right and then - AND THEN! They lie about what they did. They try to cover up their actions. They run and hide. They draw the Blue Line upwards until it becomes an impenetrable Blue WALL. They expose themselves as if not card carrying Ku Klux Klan members but at the very least staunch defenders and firm upholders of white supremacy. I simply CANNOT at this point.

    To see Amnesty International escorted out of the area at gunpoint by cops and the national guard..I'm sad that I lived to see THAT day too. And I can't even BEGIN to comment on the national guard being brought in to protect property and the local PD, instead of the civilians.

    Shooting and killing that young father who was doing what every other red-blooded (white) Americano was doing in Walmart - shopping for and looking at a gun. Shooting and killing that young kid IN THE BACK as he ran away for his LIFE - because he was cosplaying with a sword, and then lying about it - saying he "lunged at them with his weapon" - when an independent autopsy showed ALL their shots went in through is back. I'm DONE.

    Cops telling a Black woman to move it along, and questioning her while she standing outside a business, waiting for her family to come out. WHAT THE HELL??? And we are so trapped, because if we, like she and Chris Lollie start explaining how we're doing nothing wrong, how we're waiting on our families, how we're just walking to get to a homeless shelter, how we're just driving home etc etc it suddenly becomes "being combative" or "resisting arrest" or whatever else they want to pull out of their asses as an excuse to arrest us, shoot us, beat us, tase us, what have you.

    Don't get me started on this rash of Black women being targeted as prostitutes. Including three women - a laywer and two educators - attempting to have a nice meal at an upscale restaurant. And let me include GIRLS in that too. A 12 year old girl - she's much older now - has had a SECOND mistrail on her case, because there's always one or two jurors who just caaaaaan't seem to see her as a human CHILD who wrongfully got fingered as a "ho" and see her as an innocent wronged party.

    I'm sorry for not having names for the people in the incidents I'm mentioning, I'm tired, angry and sad, and will own to that and apologize, because as those are not excuses, I understand making sure we are NAMED, so people won't forget. Most should be google-able however.

    I also want to mention something before I finish this long rant:

    Let's talk about those people who call the cops on us in the first place. The guy behind the Walmart shooting has been exposed - but what about all those others? I wonder how they feel when their phone call results in the death of a child? A person just going about their business? Someone who needs help not bullets?

    Do they even CARE? Are they happy because they got the desired end result? Are the truly oblivious that calling the police on Black people of ANY age and gender can mean a death sentence? I'd like to start hearing more from these white people calling down death on my people. I want to KNOW how the fuck they FEEL about it.

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    1. Leo Princess9/18/14, 9:13 AM

      "The guy behind the Walmart shooting has been exposed"

      He needs to be more than exposed. At the very least, he ought to be charged with making a false report since the surveillance video shows him and the murder squad to be outright liars. Barring that, I hope the dead man's family sues him so heavily that his great-grand children will feel it.

      Meanwhile, our local police officers are acting as if they aren't under heavy scrutiny. First Mario Deane dies while in their custody under very questionable circumstances (they say he 'fell off his bunk', while the autopsy says he had the tar beaten out of him), and now a witness to the incident has 'escaped'. Wouldn't shock me if he turns up floating in the sea.

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    2. Black people need to leave America. Its hard to say but we need to go. Its either stay here and die or go somewhere else, put our money into another country and live a fruitful life. Lets see what they get when we are all gone. Another thing, we as people need to withhold our money from the police. I will not pay to be killed or shot. These police officers have brought down judgement on themselves, whether you believe in Jesus Christ, God, or nothing. We all know that what you do to others will come back to you ten fold in some way. I do not trust the police, they are criminals and are no different than politicians. They are more blood stained than the supposed criminals they take off the street or kill. This is why racism has got to go. I am not fond of white people in general but even I can look at a white kid as a kid. People whose racism allows them to think a young girl is a hoe because she is black are the very people who would not blink to either rape a black child or come to their defense.

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    3. Agreed. Far as charities, I'm more quickly to donate my money to firefighters . I never donate any money to them

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  3. People especially black people need to be armed. We need to strip the police of their rights because this is not okay. I am not down with military rule abroad or at home. I bet you the police is going to target some war veteran next. That will start the ball rolling. Police have always thought that since they uphold the law they are the law but they aren't the law and they can't even do the job they are hired to do. Who is watching them? Who is holding them accountable?

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    1. This is why people DON'T need to be armed.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2761701/BREAKING-NEWS-Man-kills-five-grandchildren-daughter-young-girl-shooting-small-northern-Florida-town-reports-suggest.html

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    2. This does not explain why people should not be armed. Not being armed has not helped people not be gunned down. Understand why I stated what I stated, a few people killing people I'm sure does not match the numbers of police officers gunning down innocent people. Nor do these people account for the number of people who own guns and do go around shooting at malls.

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  4. These incidents have solidified my discomfort with settling in the US permanently. I definitely want to pay off most, if not all of my debt, then consider moving to a country where I can work and perhaps live a bit more peacefully. But anti-blackness is a global issue so it won't go away even if we leave the US. So I'm considering places with black populations that I can invest in and perhaps help to uproot government corruption and Eurocentrism. Having kids is not a priority right now for me so I'm just worried for myself and my mom. I want a place that will have good healthcare, especially for women.

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  5. @Jojo- I know about the lawyer in NY that was waiting on her family, but she isn't black-Chaumtoli Huq. Was there someone else that this happened to also?

    @Amanda O- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu63e7QD_5k-veteran's for peace rally in 11; http://www.businessinsider.com/oakland-veteran-settlement-2013-12; http://baystateexaminer.com/retired-lynn-cop-calls-military-veteran-killed-police-fucker-facebook-rant/
    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/they-fought-freedom-american-veterans-abused-police-state/ -this one lists all the military veterans harrassed/attacked/killed by police

    Even if they could a lot of black people would not leave the United States and many would not be fruitful no matter where they live. You have to have the mindset. And sadly most do not and never will.

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  6. There was a man from Azerbaijan who came into the states a month ago. He was talking about how " free" this US was and was glad to be in the country . While I didn't contradict his joy , you just didn't know how much I wanted to fall on the floor in severe laughter. The only thing I said to him was " Really? " sarcastically playing dumb with him. Let him keep thinking that. He just don't know who gets freedom in the states and it definitely isn't POCs.

    The US have become a world embarrassment. When a country like North Korea question our human rights abuses, you know there is a serious problem with it and what went down in Ferguson truly proves itself as being such. Its just amazing how the US is more worried about the world's problems than ours...oops..I forgot Blacks/POCs don't need protection according to police.

    About a 7 months ago, I read an article about a young woman from Trinidad who decided to return to her homeland after spending much of her childhood in the states from a Salon or Clutch online magazine article. When asked why, she said basically that the US has become to racist and stressful. This was way before Ferguson.

    She wasn't lying. The US is definitely not the land of the free and it's a very stressful country to live in. I find it very ironic how we pride ourselves on being such yet there are other countries in this world who never do it that seem more free than we are. The US is a very stressful and racist country. If people aren't worried where their next pay check will go, they also have to worry about being the next victim of being attacked by the boys/girls in blue and it shouldn't have to be th

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    1. This reminds me of some of the lyrics in the song "America" from the play "West Side Story"

      Puerto Rican Ladies: "Life is alright in America!"

      Puerto Rican Men: "If you're all White in America!"

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  7. Looks like the NYPD is at it again. Just look in the Colorlines.com under Johnathan Daza...I definitely share his sentiments.

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  8. I've been holding my tongue on the Dillon Taylor situation in particular because the cop who killed him was wearing a body camera that recorded the whole incident. Of course...Salt Lake City PD is dragging its heels on releasing the footage, which I find suspect. What is ironic/hypocritical is white people's reaction to the cop himself. Where's his $500,000 defense fund? I thought they supported their police. I thought it was wrong to judge a cop before the investigation was over????

    Then there's Darrien Hunt, beautiful Black man with a magnificent fro gunned down for carrying a toy sword. You know, recently there have been a lot of comparisons of American police versus various forces around the world. One that really caught my eye was the comparison to Japanese officers who also carry guns, but doing have nearly the same number of shootings because they emphasize martial arts. So for argument's sake, if Darrien had attacked while wielding a real sword, Japanese cops would've had him on the ground without issue.

    Americans like to clap themselves on the back and tell themselves that at least they don't live in some violent theocracy. Um...yes, we do. We live in a police state chocked full of state-sanctioned murders of civilians, I'm not surprised an increasing number of Americans - not just POC - are fleeing to other countries. You know...almost like refugees.

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    1. *Japanese cops would've had him on the ground without issue.

      And everyone would still be alive.

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    2. Most of those fleeing are leaving because of tax reasons.

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  9. And don't get me started on the Bryce Masters mess. Someone please explain to me how Kid + Minor Traffic Violation = Getting Tasered into a Coma.

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    1. Is that what happened? I haven't heard the whole story just that they tasered him. I did hear that he had came out of the coma though.

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    2. That's good to know. It's always appalling when young people die over such bullshit.

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    3. Agreed. I just heard about a couple of young people getting killed by the cops where I live. It's sad and pathetic. Why get mercenaries to kill you when you have the cops to do it?

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  10. Somewhat related but the US has actually increased the fees for abolishing one's US citizenship b/c more rich people have started leaving. So I'm wondering if in the future on the rich will be able to get rid of their US citizenship.

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    1. @Marona-I doubt the rich will have a problem getting rid of it because the fee ($2350 up from $$50) is a drop in the pan to someone with millions. I really do not see how they (the US) could stop them or make them keep it.

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    2. Yeah...I was thinking the same thing.

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    3. Oops I meant $2350 up from $450)

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    4. Wow! that is a lot of moola in doing it and a big jump from what it would cost in doing it. Though they have the money to do, I really can't blame them for doing it The US have become ..to me..one of the most hostile industrialized countries in the world in more ways than one. As mentioned on here, there are more people discussing about leaving this country because of how bad it has become toward minorities and if it isn't that, the jobs aren't there like it once was.

      All of this reminds me of the mass exodus the 1930's and later when Black people got fed up with the racism in the states during those days and went abroad. My, how time could be repeating itself again..difference being is that the problem is twenty times worse.

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    5. I meant that this causes a problem for poor people. Essentially it makes it harder for them to escape this country entirely. Of course it's no problem for the rich. But most of the poor are POCs, so it's almost like they're trying to create a nation of poor working class people who have no choice but to toil for the empire.

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    6. While being terrified for their lives every time they step out the door.

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    7. @Marona- As someone said above even if given the means a lot of people would not leave. no matter how bad it is here.

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  11. @Lor: I suppose. I'm sure people would leave if they acknowledged how little their lives mean to the government and our society beyond their ability to be a commodity. And for many black people, I mean we often don't get the privilege to leave. So we don't know what's out there beyond what we see on television or read about in books. Most of the narrative is still filtered through a white lens. I would consider leaving but I would still have consideration for my mother who probably doesn't want to leave. And I wouldn't feel good just leaving her by herself.

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    1. @Marona: I can't deny that many blacks will never get the chance to leave. I've been blessed that I have gotten to travel to many places. So I know the world isn't as bad as people like to claim. You also can't put the blame all on whites because blacks love to tell each other how so and so don't like blacks so don't go there. Fear keeps people hostage. And once that happens you are done. And if I were you I would ask my mother NOW where in the world would she like to live other than in the United States if she had the chance. People need to be getting ready now because if not it will be another Katrina. Too little too late. Honestly with the violence from cops, violence against women, and violence from everyone else; I'm starting to think the only good place left will be the moon!

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  12. Here is a documentary of Blacks who left the United States to find the American dream in South Africa. It is called "Blacks without Borders".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn5pfdIe9rY

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    1. Thanks for the share. Will have to watch it when I get home.

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  13. You have problems articulating what is going on with the US police. Let me make it a bit harder for you:

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/cops-in-hot-water-after-videos-catch-them-shooting-beating-people/

    Yeah, I know this is a few days late for the thread, but I want to spread this, because... Damn, this is BAD. :(

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